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Involving the community

A project the size of the XVII Commonwealth Games has dramatic impacts on different sections of communities within Manchester, the UK and beyond. The Games assumes an almost unique identity for each individual connected with it. Whether you’re involved with the Games as a resident of Manchester or as a supporter of a particular sport or nation, it is the aim of the organisers of Manchester 2002 to make the Games a wholly inclusive event that is welcomed by all.

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Everybody can become involved with the Games

We are keen to ensure that you know as much about the Games as possible so that you can also become positively involved with the Games experience.

Manchester 2002 has produced a free public information leaflet helping local businesses and residents to plan for the Commonwealth Games period. Called Enjoy the Games it is available from libraries, leisure centres and tourist information centres as well as online.

"Enjoy the Games" details all the major events in the city and advises people on how best to deal with these. Areas covered include: the arrival of the Queen’s Jubilee Baton Relay in Manchester, temporary road closures, parking restrictions, information on areas surrounding the venues and details of the various festivals planned.

A programme entitled Community Spirit has been instigated to reach out and involve different Games communities as stakeholders whilst the six-month Spirit of Friendship Festival offers the opportunity for Mancunians and visitors to Manchester to immerse themselves in the Games atmosphere.

Community organisations with a website can also join with the Manchester 2002 Games by using the authorised link programme, enabling them to bring the Games to fellow cyber-community members.

As well as gaining community involvement both in the period before and during the Games, it is a priority for Games organisers to be responsible for leaving a positive legacy for as many people as possible, in however large or small a manner. We hope that by linking communities to the Games in the ways mentioned above, we are able to do so.

Any enquiries about the Games and its community elements can be made by telephoning 0870 609 2002 or by email to info@manchester2002.co.uk

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