With restrictions lifting on April 12th and us moving further along the government’s roadmap, there’ll be lots starting to open up again in Manchester and we can’t wait. As the days are lighter for longer and the weather starts to warm up (let’s hope the snow last week was a blip) there’ll be lots more to do than simply going for a walk.
We’ve been looking forward to the re-opening of non-essential shops, hairdressers, and the hospitality industry, but this week also sees the re-starting of more on-campus sport, and re-opening of gyms and leisure centres. Following on from outdoor household sport and outdoor club activity starting back up at the end of March, from Monday 12th April the Armitage Centre will open and you’ll be able to take part in indoor sport with your household or outdoor group exercise classes.
Sport and recreational activity is, like many other things, something that has been missed over the past year at the University. Not only is being active great for your physical health and mental wellbeing, but it’s also a really great way to meet people, try something new and have fun. Whether you’re joining a University league club, want to have a kick about with your friends, or just give something new a go, sports and activities are a big part of the student experience and it’s great that this can start up again.
Find out more about what activties and facilities are available, and how to book.
If you’ve really gotten into your stride with walking, jogging or running over lockdown the University’s Virtual PurpleWave is also back this year. This year sees events over two weekends in May. You can choose to complete either 2.5km or 5km during the 1st and 2nd May, or you can take on a 10km or half marathon later in the month.
If you’re looking to meet other students with similar active interests (who aren’t in your household) several of the SU societies will also be able to start to meet up in person outdoors from Monday. Societies such as Run Wild, the Hiking Club and Touch Rugby are all starting up outdoor session again. You can find out more from their Facebook groups.
Finally, if you’re looking to take part in more recreational sports, there’s plenty of leisure facilities, pitches and courts opening up across the city. From swimming at the Manchester Aquatics Centre, playing tennis in one of our local parks, or visiting the National Cycling Centre, there’s a whole host of places to discover across Manchester. Visit the MCR active to see what’s open and how you can book.