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A Games legacy for Manchester and the North West

World class sports facilities

The most tangible legacy for Manchester and the North West region is the new world class sports facilities that are being built for the Games. The new facilities at Sportcity and the Manchester Swimming Pool Complex will provide world-class venues for use by the local community and grass roots sports development as well as by elite athletes. In addition, they will be key to the North West and Manchester's future event strategy.


North West Opportunities Partnership

Previous major sporting events, including Olympic and Commonwealth Games, have had varying levels of success at sustaining long term benefits beyond the Closing Ceremony. Manchester City Council recognises the need for the Games to produce long-term benefits at a local, regional and national level.

The potential legacy of the Games was first addressed at an early stage in the planning process and Manchester City Council has worked constructively with public and private sector agencies throughout the region to develop a strong legacy programme.

The Partnership represents interests from across the North West region and is developing a programme focusing on a number of areas, including educational initiatives, sports development and healthy living activities.

In support of the Games' volunteer needs, a pre-volunteer vocational training programme is being introduced to enhance the skill base of young unemployed people across the region.

An SRB Round 5 bid was approved in July 1999 in support of North West Partnership's three core objectives:

  • enhancing the employment prospects, education and
    skills of local people;

  • addressing social exclusion and enhancing opportunities
    for the disadvantaged; and

  • supporting and promoting growth in local economies
    and businesses.

The coverage of the scheme is regional in order to maximise the legacy benefits of the Games across the North West and specific targets will include disadvantaged communities; Commonwealth-originating communities; growth sectors of the economy; black and ethnic minority businesses; and young people.

The SRB bid will be complemented by other initiatives in culture, tourism, sport and health. The legacy programme has the potential to be mirrored in other regions of the United Kingdom as part of the Spirit of Friendship Festival, enabling the long-term legacy benefits of the Commonwealth Games to be accessed nationwide.

Long term economic benefits

The Games and its associated facilities are predicted to produce significant economic benefits at a local and regional level. At the Manchester district level the economic benefits expected are as follows:

  • 4,494 total direct permanent and 10-year equivalent jobs;
  • 988 net additional permanent and 10-year equivalent jobs;
  • 40 hectares of land reclaimed;
  • 51,223 sq m of floorspace developed;
  • 36.7 million of discounted development and related private sector investment; and
  • 110 million increase in Gross Value Added (1998-2009).

At regional level a further 1,187 total direct permanent and 10-year jobs are expected.

The Games will also create significant opportunities to enhance and promote inward investment. MIDAS, Manchester's inward investment agency, is leading activities aimed at maximising trade and investment opportunities associated with the Games.

Physical regeneration

The Games will involve the development of new world class sporting facilities attracting 145.8m of lottery funding. In addition, the Games has been the catalyst for a number of major physical improvements including the Ashton Canal Corridor, Piccadilly Plaza and Gardens and the Ancoats Urban Village.

The regeneration of East Manchester is a key objective of MCC and the development of Sportcity at Eastlands, with the stadium as its centrepiece, is crucial to the regeneration strategy for this area of the city.

The Games has also been the stimulus for a number of hotel and tourism developments, including major facilities such as the Urbis Centre and the Discovery Park in Liverpool.

Increased visitor numbers

It is anticipated that the Games will attract around one million spectators. The combination of physical improvements, the Spirit of Friendship Festival and the Games themselves will present a vibrant and attractive image to visitors and it is anticipated that this will have a long-term positive impact on future visitor numbers (both business and leisure). The economic benefits of increased tourism, during and after the Games, will be experienced region wide.

At a national level, The British Tourist Agency will help maximise the impact on the tourism market and has already set out a timetable for a marketing campaign.


Creation of a pool of talent

M2002's staffing requirement provides a unique opportunity to Manchester City Council and other public and private sector organisations, for secondment of staff which will:

  • enhance the skills of the workforce:
  • improve staff morale and motivation;
  • implement principles of Best Value;
  • improve the competitiveness of the local economy; and
  • enhance the major event capability of Manchester and the wider region.

Regeneration of East Manchester

Sportcity in East Manchester will include:

  • City of Manchester Stadium;

  • The North West Regional UK Sports Institute (UKSI);
    Indoor Tennis Centre; and

  • National Cycling Centre.

Sportcity plan

Social legacy

The physical regeneration of East Manchester through the development of Sportcity and the Ashton Canal Corridor is accompanied by new regeneration initiatives relating to SRB Round 5, New Deal for Communities and Education Action Zones to ensure that benefits for the local community are maximised.

New East Manchester (NEM) has been established as the regeneration agency with the task to co-ordinate different initiatives and give strategic direction to the regeneration of East Manchester. Partners in the agency include Manchester City Council, English Partnerships, the North West Regional Development Agency and the local community.

A Regeneration Framework will provide the basis for how the regeneration of East Manchester will be taken forward over the next ten years and beyond.

The national festival of events and activities associated with the Games will span 2001 and 2002 with a peak of activities during the period of the Games. Many of the programmes will be targeted at generating long-term benefits.

A North West cultural programme co-ordinated by Manchester City Council, North West Arts Board, Marketing Manchester and other local authorities has identified three main areas of long term benefits, offering a template that can be adopted by other regions:

  • education - programmes will be developed within
    schools to raise awareness and understanding of the various Commonwealth
    cultures. Visiit the education
    section of this website for further details.

  • environment - street dressing during the period
    of the Spirit of Friendship Festival, and on a long term basis, through
    public art commissions; and

  • social and community - the development of cultural
    activities within Commonwealth communities, increased mutual understanding
    of cultural diversity.

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