National Cycling Centre Presented With Healthy Stadia Award


National Cycling Centre Presented With Healthy Stadia Award

On Saturday 5th January 2013, representatives from the European Healthy Stadia Network were proud to hand over a ceremonial plaque to the UK’s National Cycling Centre (NCC), based in Manchester, in recognition of the venue’s recent qualification for the Healthy Stadia Award. The plaque was handed over to key NCC staff, Jarl Walsh (General Manager, NCC) and Nicola O’Neil (Operations Manager, NCC), at Round 3 of the latest Revolution Cycling Series –

Over the course of 2012, The NCC has worked with the Network to identify current health policies and practices at the NCC using facilities such as the velodrome and BMX track, and additional opportunities might be developed with local partners to promote the health of Centre users, fans, employees and those living in local communities.

The NCC put forward an impressive list of 14 policies and interventions in their application for the Healthy Stadia Award, 7 of which are already operational at the arena, and another 7 of which that will be rolled out across 2013. Stand out work to date includes a project increasing levels of physical activity amongst individuals with health problems through a PCT referral scheme, and a pioneering policy that encourages healthier food choices for people eating at the velodrome cafe through calorific nutritional values being detailed for all meals in the cafe’s menus. A salad bar is also available at the cafe throughout the day to encourage healthier eating.

The European Healthy Stadia Network is very pleased to recognise the NCC’s work to date, with the NCC qualifying for the coveted Healthy Stadia Award in December 2012 after an initial submission detailing an action plan of health initiatives for the arena in July 2012. To view the NCC’s submission as a PDF document, please click on the ‘download’ link at the bottom of this page.

If your stadium has not already registered as a member of the European Healthy Stadia Network and is interested in applying for the Healthy Stadia Award, please contact Network Director, Matthew Philpott, at:

NCC HS Submission


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