Why We Exist

Whilst Talent is evenly distributed, opportunity is not

…but with our skilled team and ‘see it to believe it’ facilities – we’re here to level the playing field for young people. 

We tell the kids that walk through our doors that where they grow up doesn’t determine their future, they do – and that’s what we’re here to achieve. 

Most unfairly however – the odds are against them.

Manchester Youth Zone is in Harpurhey, the 2nd worst ward in England for the effect of long-term deprivation on children. This means many are vulnerable to poor educational attainment, future worklessness and falling in to antisocial or offending behaviour.

In the local area:

  • Unemployment is 16.2% (national rate 7.5%)
  • 48% of families live below the poverty line
  • 11% of 16-18-year-olds are not in employment, education or training


The good news is we give young people countless opportunities to change that story for themselves. We believe young people can create their own futures by being supported to dream bigger and aim higher.