Manchester has an unmatched appetite for sport, with the city hosting top class Football, Rugby Union and League, Cricket, Netball, Cycling and Basketball in a sporting calendar unseen in the rest of the United Kingdom. Manchester has a reputation for securing and delivering world-class sporting events for its residents and for the country, hosting UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup Finals, Rugby World Cup and Rugby League World Cup matches, international cycling, Ashes and World Cup Cricket. Manchester consistently delivers a world-class fan experience, while maintaining and nurturing its own, complex and developed sporting culture.
Manchester’s sporting enthusiasm continues to grow, with two world-class football teams and their historic rivalry typical of the sporting enthusiasm within the city. Manchester City’s Etihad Campus features training facilities matching the best on the planet while Manchester United have had unmatched success in the Premier League, winning twenty First Division and Premier League Titles and bringing home three UEFA Champions Leagues.
Continuing the legacy of the landmark 2002 Commonwealth Games, Manchester has developed and expanded the top-level and community sport based in the city and through its partners, it is anticipating that 1 million people will be active in sport in the Greater Manchester Region by 2017. All this has been possible through the work on the legacy of the 2002 event, which has led to significant investment in the East of the City in Sporting Facilities with the Etihad Campus, English Institute of Sport, England Squash, England Basketball, GB Taekwondo and British Cycling all based within the Sporting Corridor around the Etihad Stadium, the centrepiece of the games. .
The strength of our reputation for sports is attributable not only to the City being home to two iconic names of world football – Manchester City and Manchester United. Manchester’s sporting regeneration, stemming from the 2002 Commonwealth Games, has supported Manchester’s delivery of events such as the UEFA Champions League Final, UCI World Track Cycling Championship, FINA World Swimming Championships, World Taekwondo Grand Prix and Rugby World Cup.