The Manchester International Swim Meet successfully took place over the weekend 12-14 February, boosting confidence in the city’s capacity to host future covid-safe events both behind closed doors and with socially distanced audiences. The event at Manchester Aquatics Centre was secured through the strong partnership between Manchester City Council, MCRactive, British Swimming and City of Manchester Swim Team with support from Marketing Manchester.

Despite almost 12 months without long course competition, the athletes put on a show, with multiple British records broken across the three days of action, which was witnessed by 25,000 people via the livestream coverage. Full report here.

Manchester will host a World Para Powerlifting World Cup behind closed doors in the city next month. The event will be hosted in partnership with British Weightlifting, UK Sport and Manchester City Council and will see the world’s top para powerlifters return to compete at Wythenshawe Forum after a successful event in February 2020.

Speaking of future sporting events, Sunday 21 February just marked the 500-day countdown to the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, coming to Greater Manchester next summer – full story here. Sunday 14 February, meanwhile, signalled 250 days to go until Rugby League World Cup 2021, which will also hold matches across Greater Manchester this October and November – full story here.