About the Manchester YMCA

Manchester YMCA is both a social enterprise and a charity; it is managed by a volunteer board of trustees and many of its activities are led by volunteers.  Each YMCA is an independent legal and financial entity, affiliating to a national body that in turn affiliates to the World Alliance of YMCAs. In 2006 the trustees of Manchester YMCA adopted the following statement:-

Manchester YMCA is proud to make a difference:

- by encouraging healthy living and healthy communities

- by giving a sense of community and belonging

- by providing excellent facilities and services

- by providing innovative leadership within the YMCA community

- by being a successful organisation that values its employees

- by providing opportunities and services within a respectful and inclusive environment

The YMCA has operated from purpose built premises in Castlefield, on the border of Manchester and Salford, since 1990.  It also operates a childcare centre, comprising day care, after school and holiday programmes from premises in Whalley range, 3 miles south of the city centre.

Manchester YMCA currently has three strands of activity – health and fitness, childcare, trading company.

Health and fitness activity is undertaken at the Y Club (www.yclub.org) which comprises swimming pool, sports hall, dance studio, fitness machines room, sauna and steam rooms and two rugby fives (a handball game) courts.  There are a number of well established and volunteer led activity clubs.  The Manchester YMCA Harriers running club was established in 1882 and is the second oldest running club in the North of England.  The Manchester YMCA “Wildcats” freestyle wrestling club became established in 1912 and was a founding affiliate of the British Wrestling Association.  A strong community programme timetable works with schools, self help groups and other community agencies in Manchester and Salford, providing health and activity opportunities.