Magic and Mystics Families against violence

Magic and Mystics launch project to help keep Manchester youth safe

Manchester Magic and Manchester Mystics have joined forces with Families Against Violence to offer free weekly basketball sessions to children and young adults living in Manchester thanks to funding from Sport England.

The aim of the project is to target those who are at risk of becoming involved in youth violence by offering them a safe haven to play and the chance to take part in a sport that has the potential to offer them life-changing opportunities.

“This is an exciting opportunity for youngsters in Manchester and also raises awareness of some of the issues facing our communities,” said James Gregory, who runs Families Against Violence, a charity helping disadvantaged young people.

Phil Gordos, CEO of Greater Manchester Community Basketball, which runs the Manchester Magic and Manchester Mystics junior programmes, added: “We are always looking for ways to engage children and young adults in the local community.

“We believe this project can make a real difference and open up opportunities for youngsters where they may not have existed before.

“It wouldn’t have been possible without the funding from Sport England, so I’m extremely grateful for its generous financial support.”

The two-month project starts on Sunday, 8 September, running from 6pm-9pm at the Manchester Basketball Centre in Wilbraham Road (M16 8GW) and from 5-6pm at Trinity Sports Centre in Cambridge Street (M15 6HP).

The sessions are free and there is no need to book in advance.

Our qualified coaches will also be handing out free t-shirts and basketballs.

For more information, contact Phil Gordos at

About Sport England

Sport England is a public body and invests up to £300m National Lottery and government money each year in projects and programmes that help people get active and play sport.

It wants everyone in England, regardless of age, background, or level of ability, to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity.