Compared to the rest of England, Manchester has almost double the number of children living in poverty and almost a quarter of pupils (24%) start school overweight – increasing to almost two in five (38%) by the time they leave primary school[1].

Accessible community sport is more important than ever, yet whilst the city is awash with elite sport there remains a critical lack of accessible and inclusive community sport opportunities, particularly in the region’s most underserved communities.

Our mission is to transform the community sport offer across Greater Manchester by working in partnership to create more inclusive sports opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged young people. Our work on the ground focuses on training, equipping and supporting community sports clubs, organisations and volunteers so that they can engage more young people in regular and inclusive community sport. 

Access Sport has worked in Greater Manchester since 2014. Initially focussed on Manchester and Trafford boroughs, we have engaged over 5,000 young people whilst developing and enhancing 35 community sports clubs. Developing young leaders has been a driving force of this work. Our young leaders academy, part of our social inclusion work, focuses on upskilling young people at risk of being not in education, employment or training (NEET) and equipping them with the skills and qualifications to enhance their employability prospects and become the next generation of community sport leaders. 

In the last year our work has expanded into Salford, building a brand-new community cycling facility, and with our exciting new partnership with Nuffield Health we are delighted to have significantly expanded our team. With this extra capacity and resource, we will support community groups across Greater Manchester, creating a vibrant sporting offer and engaging with 15,000 disadvantaged and disabled young people by the summer of 2024.


If you'd like to find out more about our work in Greater Manchester, please contact Mike: 
[email protected] 
0207 993 9883