Record Numbers at the Wythenshawe Games 2016

This year’s Wythenshawe Games has been the most successful yet!

Thousands of people attended the free festival in Wythenshawe Park from 27th July to 31st July where there was something on offer for all ages.

The annual event has continued to grow since it launched in 2012, and each day of the festival was ‘themed’ to provide different sports and activities for all the family, this included a ‘Sports for All’, ‘Women’s Day’ ‘Family Fun’ and ‘Teen Takeover’ .

• Over 14,000 people participating in planned sports activities
• 3,500 children engaged in activities in the under 5s tent
• 300 young people participated in the teen takeover
• 50,000 people attended the event during the week

Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Carl Austin-Behan said: “The Wythenshawe Games are a wonderful community event. It’s great to see residents and community groups working together to deliver such a welcoming, successful programme of events.

“The impact of the event is phenomenal, the five days of free sporting activities provide the opportunity for residents of all ages and abilities to have fun and take part in a new sport or activity. Engaging in new activities is a great way to make new friends and this along with an increase in physical activity helps improve personal health and wellbeing.”

Wythenshawe Community Housing Group Chief Executive Nigel Wilson said, “The Wythenshawe Games is a fantastic example of the community spirit we have here in Wythenshawe and I'm delighted that this event was so well attended. I saw for myself firsthand on the Friday, despite a bit of rain, the huge crowds that came down to the fantastic surroundings of Wythenshawe Park and made this event such a huge success. A special thank you to the volunteers that make the Wythenshawe Games the success that it is”.

Organiser Lou Englefield said, "It has been fantastic to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Wythenshawe Games with such a successful event. We saw an increase of 4,000 participants from last year and initial feedback has been hugely positive. Thank you to everyone who made 2016 such a fabulous Games".

The Wythenshawe Games is a partnership between Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG), Manchester City Council, Wythenshawe Forum and Pride Sports.

For more information about the Wythenshawe Games please go to www.wythenshawegames.org.uk