The Wythenshawe Prince’s Trust TEAM programme (13.12.19)

is currently recruiting young people for its January 2020 intake (start date Jan 20th).

The Team programme is a 12 week opportunity aimed at enabling young people to develop the confidence and skills to get back into employment or education.

We provide achievable opportunities for young people to improve in key employability areas including

Communication, Confidence, team working, planning and organisation, problem solving, leadership, cv building, interview skills job search skills and numeracy and literacy

The programme includes a five day residential and a two week work experience placement.

Students will achieve the

Prince’s Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills qualification. Benefits are protected and transport costs provided.

If you are aware of any young person who you feel may benefit please contact a member of the staff team or pass on the details to the interested party                                      

Wythenshawe is Champion (11.12.19)

The weekend of 29th November was a good one for Greater Manchester, and in particular Wythenshawe – specifically for Boxing clubs in Wythenshawe.

On Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December the National Association of Boys & Girls Clubs National Boxing Finals came to a conclusion, with their finals taking place in Bridlington and then in Greater Manchester on the Sunday. 

And two boxers from Greater Manchester had national champions – both hailing from Wythenshawe. 

Kieran McDaid of Jimmy Egan’s Boxing Academy travelled to Bridlington on Saturday 30th November for his final’s bout against Charlie Martin from Team Wiseman ABC who had made the journey from Portsmouth on the south coast. McDaid knew it was going to be a tough bout and both boxers did their clubs, their counties and themselves proud. But the judges awarded the decision to McDaid. 

The following day, Clarke Smith had home advantage as the West Wythenshawe ABC boxer faced Liam Orme from Weston Warriors ABC who are based in Weston-Super-Mare. The south west supporters that had travelled with Orme, did him proud, cheering him on as best they could. But Smith boxed well and took great encouragement from the fact that he was boxing on home ground. He was determined to take the prestigious national title and make it the second
Wythenshawe win of the weekend. The bout concluded with Clarke securing victory on a split decision. It had been a close bout, but Smith is now an NABGC Class C National Champion.
The NABGC National Championships have drawn to a conclusion for another year. It started in October with around 1,800 boxers starting the journey and the finals in Bridlington and Manchester were the target for all those boxers. Only a relative few managed to make it through and all should feel very proud of themselves. 
Everyone at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester offer our heartiest congratulations to Kieran and Clarke on their national titles. They are just reward for the hard work that they and their coaches have out in, not just in recent months, but for a number of years – WELL DONE!! We look forward to many more future successes for you, your clubs, Wythenshawe and Greater Manchester. 

Airport’s Christmas card is first-class thanks to Northenden primary school (09.12.19)

  • Four Year 4 pupils at St Wilfrid’s C of E Primary School win prizes for designs
  • Artwork will feature on digital Christmas card and reach thousands of people around the globe
  • Drawings showcase the best of Christmas celebrations around the world

Four students at a local primary school have seen their festive artwork take off, with Manchester Airport set to feature their illustrations on its digital Christmas card.

Year 4 pupils at St Wilfrid’s C of E Primary School, in Northenden, were tasked with producing designs for the cover of the card as part of an art workshop.

Winners were selected this week and the finalised card will be shared with thousands of people across the globe. The card will also be displayed on Manchester Airport’s website, social channels and in its head office reception.

Winning artwork included a Paris-inspired sketch by Yohanan Praveen, 8, featuring the Eiffel Tower, the Tricolore, and Santa wishing the airport’s passengers and partners a ‘Joyeux Noel’.

An Australian-themed design by Karan Singh, 8, was also selected, with kangaroos steering Santa’s sleigh over the Sydney Opera House.

Hannah Oluleke, 8, took her cues from Finland’s snow-capped peaks, whilst Eden Berry, 8, looked closer to home with a Manchester-inspired design, complete with the city’s famous worker bee.

For their efforts, Hannah and Eden received early Christmas presents in the form of artwork kits, whilst avid Manchester City fans Yohanan and Karan were given the club’s own version of the board game Monopoly.

All children who took part were presented with a copy of their work in golden frames to proudly display at home, a pack of their Christmas cards to send to their loved ones, and a festive chocolate treat.

Lauren Smith, a Year 4 teacher at St Wilfrid’s C of E Primary School, said: “The wonderful staff at Manchester Airport have provided our children with many exciting opportunities that they otherwise may not have had. This has included days dedicated to learning about other cultures, such as a creative Spanish day and a maths workshop about calculating the cost of a holiday.

“The Christmas card competition really engaged the children – my class loved being involved with this and being creative. The prizes and resources that the children were provided with were fantastic and something which school would not have been able to fund otherwise.

“All of the children felt like they had achieved something special and they were all eager to learn more about other parts of the world.”

Helen McNabb, Community Relations Lead at Manchester Airport, said: “This competition really captured the children’s imaginations, they produced some fantastic designs and it was tough to pick the winners.

“Our workshops with St Wilfrid’s and other schools in Greater Manchester not only help to broaden pupils’ horizons and understandings of the world, but also teach them important skills and open their eyes to the range of careers available at the Airport.

“This project is just one of the many educational programmes we have delivered, which in the last year has seen the airport engage with 13,287 pupils.”

Manchester Airport’s Community Relations team puts an emphasis on outreach work in surrounding communities, visiting schools, colleges and public spaces in Greater Manchester and Cheshire to support local initiatives and help people into careers at the airport. For more information on Manchester Airport’s Community Relations programme, or to view the animated version of the Christmas card, visit

Wythenshawe Christmas Light Switch On (02.12.19)

On Saturday 23rd November, Wythenshawe’s well renowned Christmas Light Switch On came BACK, bigger and better than ever! The festivities were complete with a star-studded line up as well as an array of exciting acts from within the local community. 

The highly anticipated Christmas celebrations kicked off with performances from Keegan Academy Irish Dancing, Shana Keelers School of Dance, Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band and Wythenshawe Community Choir. The huge variation of entertainment provided an enchanted opening to the festive activities and gave the event a personal touch.

Following this, the town enjoyed a range of performances from famous stars such as Dene Michael from Black Lace and social media sensation Chloe Rose, who has 4 million followers on social media. There were also performances from 2014 X-Factor finalist, Jack Walton and Katy Ashworth as seen on Cbeebies, who invited families on stage for a hilarious dance-off.

The legendary band, Toploader, headlined the evening and performed a number of top hits including number one single ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’.

Daniel Davis, Wythenshawe Town Centre Manager, commented: “Our annual Christmas Light Switch On was a huge success again this year and the turnout was fantastic! It is always brilliant to get members of the local community involved in festivities and we want to thank everybody who participated, performed or attended the event. We are now looking forward to a wonderful Christmas here at Wythenshawe Town Centre.”

To keep up to date with all the latest Wythenshawe Town Centre news, you can ‘like’ the Centre on Facebook: WythenshaweTownCentre or ‘follow’ them on Twitter @WythenshaweTC.

Tackling Crime, travel related issues and ASB on the transport network in Greater Manchester (Posted 29.11.19)

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has launched a new Transport Unit to tackle incidents on Greater Manchester transport network.

The Transport Unit came into force on Monday 18 November and more than 50 police officers now make up a new and dedicated team to help keep the travelling public even safer.

The unit will provide a response to support local districts and partners to deal with ongoing crimes and incidents affecting public transport and issues on the road network such as illegal mobile phone use, seatbelts.

Results from the first week have been successful with several people arrested by officers within the Transport Unit and further action taken for other incidents.

A 44-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct, intoxicated on a tram, failure to provide details and resisting arrest. He received an adult police caution.

A 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly at Victoria Station. He was issued with a Community Resolution with conditions to seek support for alcohol issues and not to enter the Manchester Arena when intoxicated.

Officers arrested a 31-year-old woman on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol after her car was stopped following an illegal right turn off Newton Street, Manchester.
Kate Perrett (18/02/1988) of Caldecott Road, Manchester was charged with the offence of driving a motor vehicle when alcohol level above the legal limit and will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on the 5 December 2019.

Further incidents included:

A driver received a Traffic Offence Report after being stopped for driving in the dark without any lights.

A missing girl was reunited with her family following a report concerning her welfare. Officers attended and returned the girl to her home.

The team will provide a proactive policing presence across the region’s transport network and work to support the wider TravelSafe Partnership (TSP) – which includes Transport for Greater Manchester and public transport operators. The aim is to reduce injuries on our roads, crime and antisocial behaviour (ASB) and improve public confidence and road safety.

Superintendent Julie Ellison said: “The Transport Unit are committed to supporting our local neighbourhood teams and our partners. The new team is made up entirely of Police Officers and this provides us with more powers to address those issues on the whole transport network that cause road and public network users concern.

“The team will be working shifts and providing a visible presence across Greater Manchester on a daily basis.

Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester, Bev Hughes, said: “I am really pleased that the new transport unit is now up and running to help keep the people of Greater Manchester safer across our transport networks.

“When people use the transport systems in place across the city-region they expect that they will be safe – and rightly so.

“The changes are partly-funded through an increase in local council tax, responding to residents’ calls for tougher policing on the transport network, and the investment will enable tougher enforcement across the transport network, stopping offenders in their tracks and keeping the public safe.”

Greater Manchester Transport Committee Chair, Councillor Mark Aldred, said: “Public transport is a safe way to travel and the establishment of this new unit will be huge boost to the work already being done by the Greater Manchester TravelSafe Partnership (TSP) to keep it that way.

“The presence of dedicated police officers will enable much tougher enforcement across the transport networks and provide a visual reassurance that will help passengers to feel even safer.”

The TSP takes an intelligence-lead, problem-solving approach to tackling crime and ASB, including proactive operations and ‘target hardening’ measures.

The partnership also benefits from TfGM and Metrolink’s control rooms, which have an extensive range of CCTV cameras that are monitored 24/7.

Issued by GMP Campaign and Engagement Team
Tel: 0161 856 2284