If you joined the thousands of visitors to Barton Square over the bank holiday weekend, you will undoubtedly have experienced the local passion for sport and exercise, boosted by the region’s magnificent performance at the recent Olympic and Paralympic Games.
While local artist Myro Doodlescaptured the mood so emphatically with her incredible artwork, paying tribute to all the Olympic medallists returning to our region, it was perhaps the energy and excitement from our eye-catching athletic performances that really brought the centre to life.
Barton Square’s vaulted open space provides the perfect ‘arena’ for such unique live performances. Over the coming months, we’re looking forward to welcoming an array of community groups and businesses from the local area, to showcase the very best talent our region has to offer.
More than 50,000 Bank Holiday visitors were treated to energetic live displays right across the weekend, from young members of the Manchester Academy of Gymnastics.
Maxine Grech founded the charity in 2017 to help local youngsters access high-quality, safe sporting facilities at an affordable rate for everyone. The club encourages children of all backgrounds and abilities to benefit from taking part in gymnastics, dance and boxing classes.
Gymnasts of all ages performed dazzling routines in front of our bustling bank holiday crowds, with live DJs performing in the background – creating a vibrant and energetic mood within the centre.
Maxine said: “After such a difficult 18 months for everyone, it was incredible for our youngsters to be performing in public again. Our gymnasts have experienced so much disruption throughout the pandemic, which we know has affected their confidence and performances.