9 May 2016
Manchester based Co-op Bank is pleased to announce our headline sponsorship of the Great CityGames Manchester, taking place on Friday 20th May 2016 in the city centre.
The event, now in its eighth year, is expected to draw a crowd of thousands, as spectators flock to get a glimpse of athletes headed to Rio this summer.
Taking place on a Friday evening for the first time, the unique format of the Great CityGames allows spectators to see athletes from around the world compete in an urban environment and unlike an ordinary stadium meet, they experience all the action up close.
The event is completely free to spectate and will include performances from some of the best international elite athletes including; Olympic gold medallist, long jumper Greg Rutherford (GB), European indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty (GB) and European 100m and 200m champion Dafne Schippers (Netherlands).
The event takes place on the Great CityGames track on Deansgate in the heart of the city, and at the purpose built athletics arena in Albert Square. This year's event will serve as the perfect curtain-raiser for a fantastic summer of international competition.
Alastair Pegg, Marketing Director at The Co-operative Bank, said: “It's great to be part of bringing elite athletes to the city in an Olympic year. As a Manchester based business; I hope our customers and employees will be part of the crowds gathering to watch the events and cheering on those taking part. I think having an event like this taking place in the heart of the city really brings a buzz to the area and watching elite athletes compete on the doorstep of your workplace, favourite bar or restaurant is certainly a different way to spend a Friday evening.
“I'm sure the event will be a great success and The Co-op Bank is proud to be working with the team delivering the Great CityGames Manchester and all the benefits it will have on other local businesses and the wider community.”
Nicky Homes, Commercial Director of the Great Run Company said: “We're delighted to have The Co-op Bank on board for this incredible event.
“The people of Manchester have always embraced the Great CityGames concept so it's fantastic to be working with a local organisation as we continue to create fun, free and accessible opportunities to cheer on our athletes.”
Richard Kilty; European indoor 60m champion, said: “The Great CityGames Manchester is an amazing event and one I always enjoy.
“Having the crowd right on top of you is so much fun for athletes, and it's a good opportunity for people to come down and see us perform before the Olympics. Hopefully I can put on a show for them.”
The event is completely free to spectate and no tickets are required, for further information see www.greatcitygames.org.
– ENDS –
Notes to editors:
Taking place at a purpose built athletics arena in Manchester's Deansgate and Albert Square, this event is a unique opportunity to see top athletes compete in the heart of the city centre - and best of all, it's completely free to spectate.
The Great Run Company:
The Co-op Bank Great CityGames Manchester is brought to you by a partnership between Manchester City Council and The Great Run Company and is sponsored by The Co-op Bank.
About The Co-operative Bank
The Co-operative Bank plc provides a full range of banking products and services to around five million retail and SME (Small and Medium Sized Enterprises) customers. The Bank is committed to values and ethics in line with the principles of the co-operative movement.
The Co-operative Bank is the only high street bank with a customer-led ethical policy which gives customers a say in how their money is used. Launched in 1992, the Policy has been updated on five occasions, with new commitments added in January 2015 to cover how the Bank operates its business, products and services, workplace and culture, relationships with suppliers and other stakeholders and campaigning.
About The Great Run Company
Great Run is now established as the world’s favourite run with over 280,000 participants a year taking part. The events programme stretches across the UK from Glasgow to Portsmouth offering a full range of distances from 5k through to a Marathon team relay.
As well as the running programme, Great Swim offers an additional series of timed challenges in iconic rural and urban venues.
A full range of online services are available from Great Run Training as well as Great Run Local weekly events staged in our key cities. All designed to provide the support and advice for participants of all abilities to achieve their personal goal.
To find out more about the events and services provided by Great Run and its partners, visit www.greatrun.org.
Great Run, the world's favourite run.