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“It never rains in Manchester, but it pours”  Kevin Keegan 

Nestled in the heart of England, Manchester stands as a beacon of sporting excellence. With a rich history, this vibrant city has emerged as a powerhouse in the world of sports. From football to cricket, and everything in between, Manchester offers a diverse range of experiences to captivate all sporting passions…right on your doorstep when you stay at Lushpads and Satori Serviced apartments…just make sure you bring your waterproofs!

Football: A religion

For many, football isn’t just a sport – it’s a way of life. Manchester boasts two of the most iconic football clubs in the world: Stockport County and Salford City… and there are Manchester United and Manchester City too! The fierce rivalry between these two Premier League teams electrifies the city every time they meet on the pitch. The legendary Old Trafford stadium (15min drive/20 Tram) and the modern Etihad Stadium (10min drive/15min Tram or 40min walk) serve as meccas for football enthusiasts, drawing crowds from all corners of the globe.


“I feel close to the rebelliousness and vigour of the youth here. Perhaps time will separate us, but nobody can deny that here, behind the windows of Manchester, there is an insane love of football, of celebration and of music.”

Eric Cantona

Cricket: Grace and Glory

Cricket holds a special place in Manchester’s sporting landscape. The historic Lancashire County Cricket Club, founded in 1864, has a storied legacy and continues to be a focal point for cricket lovers. The iconic Emirates Old Trafford stadium (25min drive/30min Tram) regularly hosts international matches, including thrilling encounters in the prestigious Ashes series. Whether you’re a seasoned cricket aficionado or a casual observer, a day at the cricket ground is an experience like no other.

Rugby: Strength and Camaraderie

“Rugby is great. The players don’t wear helmets or padding; they just beat the living daylights out of each other and then go for a beer. I love that” Joe Theismann

Rugby is another sport that commands a dedicated following in Manchester. The city is home to the Sale Sharks, a prominent rugby union team competing in the top-flight Premiership Rugby league. Matches at the AJ Bell stadium (20min Tram or drive) give you a chance to witness the raw power and skill of these athletes as they clash on the field. Beyond the professional level, grassroots rugby thrives in local clubs and communities, fostering a sense if camaraderie and sportsmanship among players and fans alike and there’s no where better to go for a pint after a match than the Northern Quarter and you won’t have too far to stagger home to your serviced apartment!

Commitment to sport beyond stadiums and arenas

While football, cricket, and rugby may dominate the headlines, Manchester’s sporting scene is far from one-dimensional. The city embraces a wide array of athletic endeavors, ranging from boxing and mixed martial arts at Co-op Live Arena to swimming and gymnastics. Local sports clubs and facilities cater to enthusiasts of all disciplines, fostering a culture of inclusivity and opportunity.

The city’s scenic parks and green spaces provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor activities such as running and cycling. From the tranquil paths if Heaton Park (15-minute drive away) to the bustling trails along the Bridgewater Canal (just a short walk away), there’s no shortage of routes for fitness enthusiasts to explore. Additionally, Manchester hosts various running and cycling events throughout the year, attracting participants of all ages and abilities. 

A City United by Sport

It’s all about trying to enjoy, live in the moment. People talk about what you did a year ago, but it’s the next game that counts” Erling Haaland

What truly sets Manchester apart is its unwavering passion for sport. Whether you’re cheering from the stands or participating on the field, there’s a palpable sense of energy and enthusiasm that permeates the city. Sport has the unique ability to unite people from diverse backgrounds, transcending barriers and fostering a sense of community pride.

In Manchester, sport isn’t just a pastime – it’s a way of life. From the roar of the crowd at a football match to the quiet determination of a runner on a morning jog, the spirit of athleticism pulses through the city’s veins. So, whether you’re a diehard fan or a casual observer, come discover the magic of sport in Manchester – a journey that promises excitement, camaraderie, and endless thrills. 

We look forward to hosting you soon when you support your sporting passion in our centrally located M1 post-coded serviced apartments… whether at Lushpads (3 bedroom/Sleeps up to 10) or Satori (1 Bedroom/Sleeps up to 4) or both!

"Life is not a spectator sport. If you're going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you're wasting your life"

Jackie Robinson

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