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Sports and Social

Our guide for information about the clubs and how you can get involved.

We are grateful to our friends at Pride Sports and <> for their help and information! You can read the current Pride Sports' Out & Active Magazine here

View the groups and sports club by meeting day:

Every Monday


PRiDE OUT is a friendly and inclusive LGBT + cycling group based in Greater Manchester. We genuinely welcome everyone regardless of sexuality, age, gender identity, bike or ability.

We especially aim to be female, transgender and non-binary inclusive. Come for a ride with us, surprise yourself and cycle with PRiDE. To view our upcoming bike ride events.

Visit us here for more info.

Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus - We meet in Manchester Town Hall, 7-9.30pm

A medal winning choir, the LG Chorus is a large friendly group with a professional coach/conductor and an impressive track record. For more information on this weekly rehearsal, visit MGLC Website.

times: 7pm - 9pm.


We are a group of Scottish Country Dance enthusiasts that aim to teach many of the aspects of Scottish Country Dancing for the beginner to the more accomplished dancer. The classes are held in the upstairs bar of The Thompson’s Arms, 23 Sackville St, Manchester, M1 3LZ from 7.45pm to approx 9.45pm every Monday except bank holidays. Classes cost £1.50 a night with discount for Full Members. 

Visit us here for more info.

Monthly Marlins Swim Group @ Levenshulme Health & Fitness Centre

Marlin is a monthly recreational swimming group for all trans people (MTF and FTM). They have exclusive use of the pool, changing rooms are individual cubicles, and you can wear what you like – as long as it's safe to swim in and won’t run in the water! - Marlin Website

times: 7.30pm - 9.30pm. door tax: See club web site for details

As an outdoor pursuits group, each month we run a wide range of activities: from camping, hostelling, hillwalking and indoor climbing, to the more extreme activities like gorge scrambling, ice climbing, technical mountain biking and many more. There's something for everyone, no matter what your interest.Visit our Website

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Every Tuesday

LGBTQ+ Yoga - GFF Damian Dance Studios

Every Tuesday: 18:00 – 19:00 £7

LGBTQ Wellness runs yoga and spin classes across Manchester.
Being a platform set up to help our community heal and grow, they also produce content on LGBTQ+ mental health, personal growth and professional development.
Their team actively promote the safety of their classes to the transgender and gender diverse community, and encourage everyone to join them irrespective of sexuality, gender, race, or ability. Their classes are known for being diverse, inclusive, and insanely addictive!

Book here:

Manchester Lynx Womens Basketball Club - Loreto High School, Chorlton

We are an LGBT+ club, and we welcome all women who share the same passion for the sport of basketball. Our first & second team's practice takes place Tuesday nights, 7-9pm, at Loreto High School [Arrowfield Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 7SW] and sessions cost £5 per session for the first 3 weeks. We participate in the Manchester Area Basketball League (MABL) and in the summer we train in Alexandra Park. If you want to have a chat before coming along, please phone Georgia on 07769 691360.

Northern Wave Swimming Club - Moss Side Leisure Centre

Sunday at Manchester Aquatic Centre, 1930-2030, £4.50 on the door (£2.50 for those earning National Living Wage or less)

Tuesday at Moss Side Leisure Centre, 2000-2100, £4.50 on the door (£2.50 for those earning National Living Wage or less)

Wednesday at Hough End Leisure Centre Women's Swim Session, 2000-2100, £4.50 on the door (£2.50 for those earning National Living Wage or less)

Visit our brand new website Visit our Website

Manchester Prairie Dogs - The Thompsons Arms

Manchester Prairie Dogs Line Dance Club was established over 11 years ago. The clubs membership is drawn mainly, but not exclusively, from the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Trans community, but membership is open to all - regardless of sexual orientation, ethnic origin, age or gender.

The club provides weekly line dance sessions and organises a range of social activities. Tonight, they meet at the Thompsons Arms.

times: 7.30pm - 10.30pm. door tax: £4 guests / £3 members. First visit free!

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Every Wednesday

Manchester Concord

Concord is a Social club that meets every week on the 2nd floor of Onbar on Canal street which is part of the 'Gay Village' in Manchester. It is open to all Transgender people as a regular venue where they can come along and meet old and new friends.

Visit the Manchester Concord website by clicking here.

Held at: ONBar from 8pm

Northern Wave Women's Swimming - Chorlton Leisure Centre, Manchester

Launched in 2008, Northern Wave Women's Swim is run by women for women. There is social swim and coaching available, with more opportunities for further training and overseas travel. Each session is followed by a social across the road from the pool. Open to all abilities, with making new friends a priority.

times: 8-9 door tax: £3 & £3.50 for members. £1 concession available

Ghap Badminton - Manchester Academy Moss Lane East Manchester M14 4PX

This group is for people who like to play badminton for pleasure rather than for competition. A great bunch of people and a friendly atmosphere.

Wednesday is 17:30 - 20:30 also Saturday is 13:00 - 16:00


Door tax: £2 for one hour £4 for two hours

Open Athletics Middle Distance Sprints - Trafford Athletics Stadium

A night on the running track with Anna, aimed at a wide range of abilities. Fun in the floodlights. The venue is set in the very beatiful, Longford Park. Turn up and try it. visit Visit our Website

times: 6.30pm - 8pm. door tax: annual membership

Manchester Stingers FC - Trinity High School

A very successful and highly competitive footy club, where the women are made of stainless steel and shine like stars! If you think you can hack it, go and try it out. The Stingers are in the North West Women's League, Division 1. For more information visit

Northern Jump Volleyball - Trinity Sports Centre, Hulme

A social, inclusive, LGBT-friendly volleyball group for men and women of all abilities.

We play once a week indoors all year round and have outdoor sessions in local parks in the summer/weather permitting. For more information, visit our website

times: 7.00 - 9.00 pm weekly door tax: £7 (concessions available) first two sessions £3

Ballroom Dancing - Trinity Church of England School Ballroom

A great teacher, Angela, and a very swish and dedicated group of talented (getting there!) dancers. This is for both experienced dancers and complete beginners. If you have two left feet, get an upgrade! This is just the start.. watch out Eurogames!

For more more information e-mail us

times: 8pm beginners & 9pm improvers door tax: £6 per session

Village Spartans RUFC - Old Salians Rugby Club

Whether you're a seasoned player or interested in starting to play, an old hand or a new supporter, you'll be welcome during the Wednesday night sessions. Just turn up and make yourself known!

times: 7pm - 9pm.

Northern Rebound Squash Club - Sports City

There is no need to book - you can just turn up on the night. We welcome all abilities - from absolute beginners to league players. The aim of the group is to provide a friendly environment where we can all learn and improve our games.

For Wednesday our times are 19:00 - 20:30. 

Visit our Website

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Every Thursday

Running with Manchester Frontrunners - Sugden Sports Centre

Manchester's friendliest running club meets for its main weekly run from 18:45 onwards for a 19:00 start outside the Sugden Sports Centre on Oxford Road, Manchester.

We have Winter and Summer routes and each can be varied in length to be 5k, 7.5k or 10k. Everyone is welcome and all abilities are catered for, even complete novices, and new runners are buddied with an experienced member for their first run.

There are changing and shower facilities at the Sugden Sports Centre

Visit our Website more info.

Time: from 18.45 for a 19:00 start

LGBT Yoga LGF offices Richmond St.

Hatha Flow Yoga is the most widely practiced form of yoga in the world. Hatha Flow Yoga uses postures (asana) and conscious breathing (Pranayama) in combination with mental focus to develop awareness, strength and flexibility, and relaxation. Through proper alignment and mindful actions of the body, Hatha Flow Yoga brings balance, strength, and a sense of well-being to the practitioner.

Thursdays 2014 6pm - 7:15pm

Village Manchester Football Club VMFC - Albert Park, Salford

Formed in 1996, we are a gay and inclusive football club with ambition and commitment in providing all players and supporters with a competitive, yet fun approach to the beautiful game.

We meet up every week for training & compete in local & national leagues and international tournaments. Training takes place every Wednesday at 7pm at Trinity Sports Centre, Cambridge Street (or Boundary Lane for car park) M15 6HP, walking distance from the city centre and right by the university.

New players are always wanted and, with four teams, all abilities are welcome. Training times may change - please check the New Player page of the website.

All details and directions can be found on our website

times: 8pm - 9.30pm. door tax: For more info get in touch via website

Manchester Sharks Water Polo Club - Miles Platting Pools and Fitness Centre

Manchester's top LGB water polo team. Internationally renowned and a great bunch of people. Lots of training opportunities and now in the water polo league. As a Northern Wave club there are plenty of swim training opportunities to be had. If you can tread water for more than a minute, swim reasonably confidently and want to play water polo, then The Sharks would love to meet you. Try it out - the sooner you start the better!

times: 7pm - 8.30am. door tax: £3.50

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Every Friday

Open Athletics Middle Distance Sprints - Sugden Sports Centre

One of a twice weekly training session organised for improved fitness for sport. Suitable for all levels of ability. The open Athletics rep will usually be Anna. Visit our Website

times: starts 6.30 door tax: annual membership

Northern Rebound Squash Club - Sports City

There is no need to book - you can just turn up on the night. We welcome all abilities - from absolute beginners to league players. The aim of the group is to provide a friendly environment where we can all learn and improve our games.


Visit our Website

Every Saturday

Ghap Badminton at Manchester Leisure Sports Development Centre

This group is for people who like to play badminton for pleasure rather than for competition. A great bunch of people and a friendly atmosphere.

times: 6pm - 8pm. door tax: £2.00 for one hour / £4.00 for two hours

Northern Aces Tennis Group - Sports City Tennis Centre

With over 70 members, the Northern Aces Tennis Group organises excellent annual tournaments and offers professional coaching, as well as a range of social activities. It's the biggest LGBT tennis group outside London. visit our website for more information.

times: 2pm - 5pm

Running with Manchester Frontrunners - Trafford Athletics Stadium

We run around the Chorlton and Sale Water parks and along the River Mersey. It's a great way to start the weekend, or recover from a Friday night! Run at your own pace and for as far as you like!

The usual route is c.10k but we can adapt this to suit your ability - just let the run leader know how far you want to go on the day. The run is followed by brunch (and sometimes an espresso martini) at the Lead Station, 99 Beech Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 9EQ

Visit our Website more info.

Time: from 09:45 for a 10:00 start

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Every Sunday

Out on Sunday - Walking Group

A gay walking group based in and around Greater Manchester, mainly but not exclusively for members of the LGBT community. Walks are led by members of the group and take place on a fortnightly basis during the autumn and winter, and weekly during the spring and summer.

In addition, a weekend in a different part of the country is organised each year, with a festive meal to end the year.

Check website for events and dates

Visit our Website 

Northern Wave Sunday Swim - Manchester Aquatics Centre

Northern Wave's Sunday swim is held in the fabulous 50m Training Pool, with wide lanes, great coaches and lovely people. Open to all, Sunday caters for swimmers of most abilities who want to improve their swimming strokes or train for competition. How fast and how far is up to you. Northern Wave ope to see you there!

The registration and pay desk is downstairs, next to the pool. You'll be welcomed.

times: 7.30pm - 9pm. door tax: £4 on the door - £1 concessions for student and unwaged - ask for details

Monthly Sunday Walk Out - Manchester Students Union & Academy

This is an easy-going LGBT group looking to welcome new weatherproof walkers. The group was born out of The University of Manchester LGBT staff network but now includes friends and partners.

Every last Sunday of the month head for the hills and reward yourselves with a picnic or late pub lunch for a 10-12 mile walk. Trips by train or shared cars have in the past included the Peak District, the Lakes, the Ribble valley, North Wales and the Yorkshire Dales. The routes don't (normally) involve too strenuous scrambling or rock-climbing and you won't need any special equipment other than solid walking boots and waterproof layers. If you are interested or would like to know more, please contact:

times: Meeting point and destination by arrangement with group

Northern Rebound Squash Club - Sports City

There is no need to book - you can just turn up on the night. We welcome all abilities - from absolute beginners to league players. The aim of the group is to provide a friendly environment where we can all learn and improve our games.


Visit our Website 

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