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YMCA Manchester

Moorside High School pupils completing the Level 1 Sports and Active Leisure Diploma with YMCA Manchester as part of the YMCA Manchester Training and Education Programme were invited to participate in a photo shoot promoting the national YMCA brand. Images will be used on official YMCA media channels and the YMCA website.

Over the last twelve months pupils have taken part in events including attending the House of Commons to participate in an ‘All Party Parliamentary Group on Youth Affairs. Pupils discussed body image anxiety with MPs and 100 other young people from schools across the UK. The young people discussed the impact of social media, celebrity culture and peer pressure on body image and many bravely shared their personal experiences. Moorside High School pupils contributed to the debate on what needs to change and were inspired to speak out on issues that will affect their lives in the future. Pupils travelled to London by train and enjoyed visiting Buckingham Palace and Downing Street before returning home.

Pupils attend Manchester YMCA weekly and completed sessions to meet the standards of the diploma. The sessions are both academic and active meeting the needs of all. To fully complete the Sports and Active Leisure Diploma, pupils have completed a variety of sports activities with horse riding and BMX cycling being a favourite. Pupils visited the UK National Cycling Centre in Manchester for an amazing session on the BMX indoor arena. The BMX track is international standard, with a five metre start hill that runs into a range of jump configurations. The BMX track helps riders to progress in the sport of BMX racing, regardless of their ability. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience and all were keen to show off their new skills, especially Mr Armstrong who accompanied the group.

A group of pupils attended St Ann’s Square, Manchester to lay a tribute on behalf of Moorside High School and Manchester YMCA for the 22 victims who were killed in the attack following the Ariana Grande Concert. Pupils silently paid their respects and reflected upon the beautiful sea of flowers.

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