Health Academy Achieves Gold!

Manchester Health Academy’s PE department has been awarded the School Games Mark Gold, a fantastic achievement that ranks the school in the top 20% of schools nationally for the Academic year 2017-18.

The visiting inspector said, “It’s very clear the MHA PE staff have a big impact on the students’ lives and do far more than just teaching lessons and being concerned about passing PE accredited courses in KS4.  It was refreshing that PE staff were aware of the clubs the children play for outside of school and have extremely strong links with the local clubs and the children’s parents. “

He also commented on the Academy’s holistic approach to PE, school sport and the link into the local community, saying they demonstrated “some of the best examples of this from the 325 schools I have visited over the last 6 years”

School Games Gold Mark

The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress

Head of PE, Mr Brown, said “The department was awarded the Bronze Award in 2016-17 for the first time in the school’s history. As a department, we then planned a vision to gain the Silver Award for 2017-18 and set ourselves the aspirational target of the Gold is Award by 2020. I am so proud of my team and other staff who have supported the department over the last year to be awarded the Gold Mark.”

MHA Kicks Off Curriculum!

Manchester Health Academy is hosting a World Cup takeover of our curriculum next week, in celebration of former participant Marcus Rashford’s involvement in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Manchester United and England star Marcus Rashford attended the Manchester United Foundation Street Reds programme, held at the Academy’s Community Sports facility, from the age of 12 until he made his first-team debut for the Reds at the age of 18.  The Wythenshawe-born striker is an inspiration to his former players and pupils as he makes his senior team World Cup debut next week.

The brainchild of Head of PE, Mr Brown, the week will see teachers across Manchester Health Academy using the World Cup as a starting point for their lessons.  Mr Brown says “The World Cup offers a fantastic opportunity for the whole school to get involved.  All students in Years 7-9 will attend their timetabled lessons and participate in a cross-curricular week based around the World Cup, for example writing match reports in English, using match data in maths, and looking at forces and trajectory of the ball in science.  While Rashford does his thing in Russia, we’ll be learning here in Manchester!”

Marcus Rashford was born in 1997 in Wythenshawe and was a pupil at Button Lane Primary School.  He played for Fletcher Moss Rangers as a child, a youth team with a reputation for producing top players.  From the age of 12, Marcus took part in Manchester United Foundation’s Street Reds programme at Manchester Health Academy’s Community Sports facility.  The programme offers free football sessions and alternative activities to young people aged 8 to 18.  Marcus went on to break George Best’s record as the youngest player to score in Europe for Manchester United, and is looking forward to playing for England in Russia this month.



Marcus Rashford pictured when he visited Street Reds at MHA in 2016.

Aspire to Be in Professional Sports

The Aspire to Be careers programme continues. Every fortnight during Key Stage 4 lunchtime we invite a visitor into the Academy to present to Year 9 -13 students about their job role, their route into the career and the qualifications they needed.
This week, we were joined by Manchester United Foundation’s Director of Operations, John Eades, who talked about careers in the world of sports, and his own exciting career path.Previous sessions have included business and health care sciences. Full details of these sessions along with resources can be found on the Academy website.

Mr Green’s Blog: Can you kick it? Yes you can!

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” Lou Holz

It has been one month since our new FA standard all-weather football pitch opened, and it has been a delight to see both our students and community teams out playing on this fantastic new surface.

It was an honour to welcome former Manchester United player, Denis Irwin to officially open the pitch.

Denis was a very appropriate person to open the facility.  His track record of 20 years and more as an elite, professional athlete only happens when you have self-discipline, motivation, an incredible work ethic, when you’re a leader and a role model for those around you.

Those values that Denis exuded are the same values that we instil in our students – to excel, aspire, lead, and succeed, whether it be academically or through participation in performance or in sport, for them to experience success.

This week we have been focussing on our value of Equality and talking about why equality is important with students.  Football is still very much a male-dominated sport, but we starting to see more girls playing – the Academy hopes to become a hub for women and girls’ football, as improving local female football participation is a key objective. A boost of 175% in female football participation across all ages is expected at the site as a result.

Whether our students playing on this surface contribute to an amazing comeback, or if they manage to score a last gasp winner, what they will experience is the link between having a tremendous work ethic and experiencing success, as well as embracing our Academy aim of encouraging healthy lifestyles and in a society and in an area where challenges are ever present, these are valuable lessons for life.

Mr Green


A Whole New Ball Game!

Manchester United legend Denis Irwin opens our new community sports pitch.

Legendary former Manchester United FC defender Denis Irwin visited the Academy on Friday to officially open our new all-weather pitch.

The new floodlit playing surface, which can be used all-year-round, compliments our other sports facilities. These include two full-size grass pitches; two 7v7 pitches; one 9v9 pitch and a small-sided AGP.  The Academy worked in partnership with the Manchester FA to secure a £386,583 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund (delivered by the Football Foundation) towards the pitch.

3G opening

Mr Green, Principal of the Academy, said: “I wish to thank Denis Irwin for coming along and making this event so memorable for our students and the pupils who joined us from our Partnership Primary Schools. This brilliant new facility will make a huge impact on grassroots sports locally, providing a top quality venue for more than a thousand local sports players each week.”

A partner school of Manchester United Foundation, the Academy has a strong tradition of sports education. Currently, we have six students who are signed to professional clubs’ academies, including Everton FC; Burnley FC; Oldham FC and Sheffield Wednesday FC.


Our Manchester United Foundation officer, Lee Caldwell, is based permanently in the Academy and will deliver a range of curriculum and community-focused sports activities from the new pitch. These include girls’ development, leadership courses and Street Reds evening football sessions, which aim to give young people opportunities within the game.

Manchester United Foundation also rewards students who have been nominated by their teachers for good progress with free match tickets. More broadly, the charity works alongside the Academy’s lead sponsor, the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, to promote healthy lifestyles at the school.

During the visit, Denis Irwin watched students playing on the pitch before taking part in a Q&A session and officially unveiling the new facility.


The former defender, who won 20 major honours during his 12-year stay with United, said: “Unveiling this new pitch was a pleasure for me, especially seeing so many youngsters out enjoying their football. It’s a wonderful facility and will no doubt become a magnet for people to visit and enjoy playing sport at.

“Having spent 12 great years with United, I am really pleased to see them involved so much at the school. Manchester United Foundation is doing great work to provide opportunities for students here, as well as out in the community. Facilities like this are vital to help them reach people. It’s not necessarily about turning pro, it’s about making sure people stay fit and healthy, make new friends and start out on the right path in life.

“Funding for this pitch has come from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which means money from the top of the game is being shared with the grassroots. Congratulations to everyone who made this possible. Enjoy the new pitch!”


Manchester Health Academy worked alongside the Manchester FA and the Football Foundation to compile a five-year Football Development Plan, which is a vision of how sport will be played on site with an emphasis on increasing participation.

The project will not only benefit the Academy’s students, but will also have a number of other users. Partner organisations Wythenshawe Amateurs FC, Wythenshawe Town FC and South Manchester Girls League will all use the new 3G AGP to deliver training and fixtures, alongside local community clubs including: Altrincham Hale FC; Alderley FC; Brooklands Dragons FC and Timperley Villa FC.

The number of teams using the site is expected to rise from 32 to 92. There is currently a lack of pitches in the area that are of a similar standard, so demand is high. Of the 60 new teams expected to be using the facility, it is predicted that 29 will be female sides. The school hopes to become a hub for women and girls’ football, as improving local female football participation is a key objective. A boost of 175% in female football participation across all ages is expected at the site as a result.


Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, said: “This is a fantastic new facility, and I am honoured to have been asked to help unveil it. It is evident that the all-weather pitch will be hugely beneficial to the school’s pupils and the local community, offering a way to get active and have fun. It was also great to have Denis Irwin here, helping to inspire the students.

“Thanks to funding from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England, the Football Foundation is working to create state-of-the-art facilities for grassroots sport up and down the country. I’d like to congratulate the school for securing this funding and support, resulting in an all-weather pitch that is going to improve the health and wellbeing of its many students.”

Apply Now to be a Young Health Ambassador!

Students at the Academy are invited to apply to become a Young Health Ambassador as part of the Youth Sport Trust Program. Part of this program means we can allow 10 students in our school to be a part of this project in promoting healthy living in school, while receiving leadership qualifications that they can put on their CV.

The positions are open for all years to apply for. It’s a fantastic leadership opportunity. Please e fill out the form attached, or go to the PE department to collect one.

Closing Date: Thursday 20th July.

YHA Application

Young Health Ambassadors – Overview for Schools – 10.7.17

Football Stars Break Ground For New Football Facility!

Manchester United star Daley Blind and former midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger officially broke the ground for a brand new full-sized all-weather pitch, and floodlit 5-a-side Multi Use Games Area, at Manchester Health Academy recently.

The £1m project into improving our sports facilities has been supported by a £386,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund (PL/FA:FF), which is delivered by the Football Foundation.

The Academy’s site currently benefits from a community gym, sports halls, large playing field, an all-weather pitch and Brooklands Public Library, with on-site parking for Academy staff and users of the community facilities. The next phase of work will see the addition of the new full-sized all-weather pitch and floodlit 5-a-side Multi Use Games Area, plus additional parking opening in the Autumn. This is great news for the area and local amateur clubs, to whom the facility will open outside school hours.

FA press release WEB

The support from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund builds upon it’s significant investment in Manchester towards grassroots sports facilities, which the Fund replicates in all regions across the country. Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 65 grants worth £16m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £37m across the whole of Manchester. Nationally, the Foundation has helped invest more than £1.4bn into the grassroots game.

Principal Mr Owen said “Securing funding for these new facilities is something that I’m very proud of.  Manchester Health Academy strives for excellence in teaching, learning and facilities.  The plans for these new pitches meet FA criteria, allowing our students and the local community to enjoy their sports on top class, professional standard pitches.”

We are currently investing £10 million to transform our estate, including a new dedicated English and maths block and new dining room to welcome new students into the Academy as part of our expansion programme.

Triathlon Launches Today!

The MHA Community Sports Facility team are launching the MHA Triathlon today! This is aimed to get members, staff and students involved in a fun event designed for each competitor (any fitness level) to achieve their Personal Best.

The event comprises of completing the following:

Row 2000m

Bike 5k

Run 2k

(including transition times)

All competitors who complete the MHA Triathlon will each receive a certificate.

Please ask a member of the MHA Community team if you have any questions.

What better way to get in shape for the Christmas Party season!

National Sports Award for Health Academy

The Sports Education team at Manchester Health Academy are celebrating after being awarded the National Bronze Mark from School Games for the first time.

The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.

This award recognises the excellence in inter/intra school competitive sport and opportunities for sports leadership.

Health Academy Head of Physical Education, Stewart Brown commented “I am really pleased the department has been given this award for the first time. Within our development plan we intend to be awarded both the Silver and Gold Games Mark award within the next two years”.

Health Academy Principal, Mr Owen, commented “It’s fantastic to see the hard work and commitment of our P.E. team being recognised nationally.  Their efforts in developing competitive sport within the Academy and with our Partnership Primary schools are making a real difference to the health and wellbeing of our students.”


Going the Extra Mile for Health

As part of the Academy’s agenda of integrated health and wellbeing education across the curriculum, we will be starting a regular “Daily Mile” scheme on Monday 12th September.  This will take place at 8am each morning and will take no longer than 20 minutes, all students and staff are encouraged to join in.  Supervised by the staff from the PE department, there will be prizes for students who take part most regularly.

The Daily Mile was the brainchild of Elaine Wyllie, a primary Headteacher in Stirling who first piloted the scheme in her school four years ago.  She was recognised for her contribution to childhood health when she recently won the Pride of Britain Teacher of the Year Award.

Elaine, quoted in the Telegraph, says “The Daily Mile addresses not only physical but also social, emotional and mental health, and wellbeing.  All these are currently at, or approaching, crisis point for millions of our children. And all in a slick 15 minutes a day – from leaving their desks to sitting back at them, ready to resume their work with improved focus and concentration.”

Daily Mile WEB