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“Being a Geordie it’s tough to admit it, but the Etihad Stadium is not only spectacular to look at but you can feel the love and joy for sports and athletics from the moment you step into the grounds. I would recommend everyone takes the opportunity to visit the stadium whilst here.”

Eddy Reay, BSc Exercise, Nutrition and Health

It’s never just a game here – sport is in our blood.

We’re home to two of the biggest teams in football, Manchester United and Manchester City (the Students' Union offers discounted tickets to some matches!) as well as Lancashire County Cricket Club at Emirates Old Trafford.

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Sportcity at the Etihad Campus houses the National Cycling Centre and Velodrome, the National Squash Centre and regional Tennis Centre. Along Oxford Road you’ll find Manchester Aquatics Centre, boasting a 50m swimming pool, diving pool, gym and health suite.

If you like your sports a little less theatre of dreams and a little more grassroots, Manchester and Salford are also home to a community of active and enthusiastic non-league football teams, as well as rugby, hockey and roller derby teams. You can even try your hand at outdoor swimming at Salford Quays,next to our MediaCityUK campus - read about student blogger Rhys' experience here. Or if you’re keen runner, check out student blogger Rachel’s favourite running routes.

On campus itself we have the Sports Centre, where facilities include a 25 metre swimming pool with spa and sauna, a fitness studio with strength and conditioning rooms, and multi-use sports hall for badminton, basketball, netball and five-a-side-football. Next to the Sports Centre we have four grass pitches – three football pitches and one rugby pitch. We offer a range of fitness classes in our state-of-the-art Studio Room, including Metafit, Zumba, yoga, pilates and studio cycling, and regularly refresh our timetable to bring you new classes at convenient times. In addition,wehave also introduced new Matrix MX4 group exercise classes, within our newly opened Functional Training Suite, which provides our members with a unique industrial gym setting. Our health hub offers discounted massage treatments to help you recover after training sessions and exam stress. Find out more on the Sports Centre webpage.