Young sports stars of the future rubbed shoulders with Manchester United legend Denis Irwin when he officially opened Manchester Health Academy’s new all-weather pitch.
The veteran former Reds defender, who won 20 major honours in his 12-year stay with United, watched students playing on the pitch before taking part in a Q&A session and officially unveiling the new facility in Wythenshawe.
Manchester United star Daley Blind and former midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger officially broke the ground for a brand new full-sized all-weather pitch, and floodlit 5-a-side Multi Use Games Area, at Manchester Health Academy in Baguley
The £1m project into improving the Academy’s sports facilities has been supported by a £386,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.
Manchester Health Academy’s site currently benefits from a community gym, sports halls, large playing field, an all-weather pitch and Brooklands Public Library, with on-site parking for Academy staff and users of the community facilities.
The next phase of work will see the addition of the new full-sized all-weather pitch and floodlit 5-a-side Multi Use Games Area, plus additional parking opening in the Autumn. This is great news for the area and local amateur clubs, to whom the facility will open outside school hours.
The support from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund builds upon its significant investment in Manchester towards grassroots sports facilities, which the Fund replicates in all regions across the country. Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 65 grants worth £16m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £37m across the whole of Manchester. Nationally, the Foundation has helped invest more than £1.4bn into the grassroots game.
Principal Damian Owen said: “Securing funding for these new facilities is something that I’m very proud of. Manchester Health Academy strives for excellence in teaching, learning and facilities. The plans for these new pitches meet FA criteria, allowing our students and the local community to enjoy their sports on top class, professional standard pitches.”
The Academy is currently investing £10 million to transform its estate, including a new dedicated English and maths block and new dining room to welcome new students into the Academy as part of their expansion programme.
The school, at the corner of Moor Road and Altrincham Road, Wythenshawe is investing £10 million in the new development which includes a dedicated English and maths block, dining room extension and state of the art sporting facilities with changing rooms and multi-use games area as well as the football pitch. Continue reading “MP breaks ground at Wythenshawe school”→
Manchester Health Academy’s Head Girl, has been recognised as Young Person of the Year for her caring volunteering work.
GCSE student Shannon Stone was presented with the award this week at a glittering ceremony held by Wythenshawe Community Housing Group.
Despite a busy school schedule at Manchester Health Academy where she is Head Girl, Shannon finds time to volunteer almost every evening, helping to run sports, drama and youth clubs. She also regularly attends Youth Forum, a group that meets to discuss issues affecting local young people.
Shannon said: “I’d encourage more young people to volunteer – I’m never bored and I meet lots of interesting people. Next week I’m looking forward to interviewing the Lord Bishop of Manchester about homelessness for a documentary we are making.”
The housing group holds an awards ceremony each year to honour community members and organisations for their hard work to make Wythenshawe a great place to live.
Academy Principal, Mr Owen, said: “I am very proud of Shannon, she is a credit to the Academy. This award is a fitting acknowledgement of her caring, community-minded attitude and her personal ethos of hard work. Shannon is a fine example of how much positive difference a young person can make to their community with some dedication and a desire to make things happen.”