MCRactive - the Big Sign Up
More than 22,000 people have signed up to the new MCRactive card in the first five months of the scheme, and free monthly prize draws are being held for all new cardholders.
The MCRactive card, launched last September, offers up to 30 per cent off regular pay-and-play prices at Manchester sports facilities.
The first lucky prize-draw winner, Richard Hales, from Chorlton, was presented with his prize of a new iPad at Hough End Leisure Centre.
To find out more, or to sign up for your card, visit the MCRactive website.
Richard, who uses Hough End frequently, mainly to take advantage of free swimming for the over-60s, said: "I signed up as I've been using the gym to help my rehab from knee surgery and the MCRactive card qualifies me for a discounted pay-and-play rate. It's great having such an accessible, modern facility right on our doorstep."
The card can be used at local community leisure centres and national sports centres, all of which offer a wide range of activities, including swimming, football, gym, squash, tennis and badminton.
Anyone can sign up for the card, either online, or at any participating centre. Sign-up is free, with no joining or annual fee - simply pay for your chosen session and get active.
Everyone who signs up is automatically entered into the next monthly prize draw. January's winners scooped VIP tickets to the National Track Championships at the HSBC UK National Cycling Centre.
The new card has been launched as part of Manchester City Council's drive to remove barriers to participation in sport, health and leisure activities, and to encourage as wide a range of local citizens as possible to get active.
Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Luthfur Rahman, said: "We want to see as many people as possible, of all ages and from all backgrounds, getting active at their local leisure centres. So whether it's as a hobby, to socialise, or to pursue your personal fitness goals, sign up for the MCRactive card today, save up to 30 per cent on standard pay-and-play prices and enter our free prize draw."