Encouraging active lives and reducing health inequalities across Greater Manchester

Tackling health inequalities and prioritising those who need our support the most are at the heart of our ‘We Move As One’ strategy. Working together, we encourage more people to become physically active which helps to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.

Helping people across Greater Manchester live healthy, happy, and longer lives

Our purpose has always been to help everyone from across the Greater Manchester region, live healthy, happy and longer lives. Our vision is to facilitate a network of innovative, resilient and high performing Greater Manchester leisure and community organisations that deliver transformational health and wellbeing outcomes through collaboration across our local communities.

Collaborating to have a greater ‘real life’ impact for the people of Greater Manchester.

GM Active has grown from a collective of 12 amazing leisure and community organisations, to establishing itself as a Community Interest Company in December 2020.

We manage the majority of the publicly owned leisure and physical activity assets on behalf of 10 local authorities across Greater Manchester. We pride ourselves in putting our communities and our people at the heart of everything we do and are recognised by key local and national stakeholders as the comprehensive leisure and physical activity offer for the region.

We are a unique combination of organisations and people; pioneers in the health, wellbeing and physical activity sector.

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We Move As One

United by an ambition to get more people active across Greater Manchester, our ‘We Move As One’ strategy will focus on helping people across Greater Manchester live healthy, happy, and longer lives.

Working in response to the GM Moving in Action strategy, we have a shared, simple objective – to get more people physically active and improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.

Our shared approach gives us a real opportunity to bring about change.

Our Collective Scale and Impact

We deliver wide ranging leisure and wellbeing services for the 2.8 million people living in Greater Manchester and over 7 million working across the city region of Greater Manchester.

The GM Active group is collectively responsible for 99 leisure and sports facilities across Greater Manchester, with a combined reach of over 20 million visits every year.


People with long-term conditions supported to be active every year


People collectively employed by GM Active


People committed to regular exercise through our memberships


Activity sessions delivered per week (over 0.5 million a year!)


In community savings generated through our physical activity services

Making it possible for people across the region to access physical activity opportunities in the neighbourhood.

Our Work

GM Active was formed to harness the power of collaboration. Our work with our member organisations, together with other public bodies and agencies, covers a broad spectrum of health and wellbeing activity.


Prehab4Cancer is the first UK integrated care service delivered prehabilitation and recovery programme for cancer patients, via a partnership between the GM Cancer alliance and GM Active. 

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Skills and Training Academy

Our Skills and Training Academy has been developed to give our collective workforce the skills to support and meet the needs of their customers, enabling a transformation in the culture, knowledge and behaviours of staff to address the challenges of inactivity in the region.

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Transformational Leadership Programme

Our Transformational Leadership programme has been created to empower staff at our member organisations to play a greater role in developing new wellness services and innovative, cross-sectoral responses to current and emerging health needs in the populations we serve.

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Latest News

Ideas and projects are continuously evolving and progressing at GM Active. View our latest news stories below to find out how we are moving as one and contributing towards building the healthy, happy and prosperous Greater Manchester we all aspire to.

Shocking impact of cost-of-living crisis on foodbank users revealed

News | 08/06/2022

Demand for non-perishable products by people using foodbanks is on the increase as they switch off their fridges and freezers due to the cost-of-living crisis and spiralling energy prices.

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International recognition for GM Active's Prehab4Cancer

International recognition for Prehab4Cancer

News | 20/05/2022

Prehab4Cancer (P4C) enables cancer patients to engage in exercise, nutrition, and wellbeing assessments and interventions before, during and after their treatment.

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Our new ‘We Move As One’ Strategy

News | 04/04/2022

Encouraging active lives, reducing health inequalities and supporting those who need our help the most underpin our new ‘We Move As One’ strategy…

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Interested in working with us?

We are actively seeking new partners, opportunities for collaboration and innovative ways of working.  We can’t do this alone. If our plans, purpose and intent chime with you, please do connect with us and be part of our transformational movement.