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Discover Salford - A Heritage City

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Discover Salford - A Sporting City

Discover Salford's wealth of sporting events and activities and celebrate the city's rich sporting heritage.

Salford Community Leisure is committed to enhancing the physical and cultural wellbeing of the community through the sport, library and cultural opportunities they offer across 40 venues, which attract millions of customer visits each year.

Great for both fitness and wellbeing, cycling can be enjoyed throughout the year on the many cycle paths as well as alongside the beautiful Bridgewater Canal.

Salford boasts two professional rugby teams with the Salford Red Devils and Swinton Lions  who are both also prolific off the field with successful community programmes.

Home to Sale Sharks as well as the Salford Red Devils, the state-of-the-art 11,500 capacity AJ Bell Stadium has hosted the World Rugby U20 Championship, celebrity games, was a base for the Rugby World Cup 2015 and provides training facilities for soap stars.

Salford City FC was in the spotlight with the BBC's documentary charting the club's takeover by Manchester United's famous five as well as with their plans for a new stadium. They play at Salford's Moor Lane sports ground, a place that has been used for various different types of sport for over 330 years. 

The Quays is home to iconic sporting landmarks such as Lancashire County Cricket Club at Emirates in Old Trafford and Old Trafford Football Stadium. Opposite the latter is Hotel Football, the perfect place for football fans to stay or watch the big game in their café.

From canoeing and kayaking to wakeboarding and windsurfing, the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre offers something for everyone. Thousands of sporting enthusiasts race around The Quays in various events including the City of Salford 10k Run, Manchester Marathon and Salford Triathlon. In fact, back in 2003, Salford Quays hosted the first ever International Triathlon Union World Cup event to be held in the UK.

Serving the community since 1903, Salford Lads Club, offers badminton, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, table-tennis, snooker and pool to young people. It's also a major tourist attraction for fans of The Smiths and Manchester Music to A Taste of Honey and Coronation Street.

Real tennis is one of the oldest ball games still played in the world and Salford boasts the oldest sports facility in Greater Manchester to have retained its use in the present day. Located in Salford, in spite of its name, the Manchester Tennis and Racquet Club is housed in a Grade II listed Victorian building with many impressive original features.

Venues such as Moor Lane and Manchester Tennis and Racquet Club testify to Salford's national and international significance as a place littered with sporting heritage. It was also the place where the first ever public swimming baths were established with the Adelphi Baths in 1855.

For details of sports clubs, see the Salford Sports Network and to keep up-to-date with the wide range of other events and activities going on in Salford, sign up to our monthly newsletter.

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