Want to try something new and boost your skills? Taking part in activities can help you get ahead. See what’s available near you, the benefits of taking part, and how to apply.

What are activities?

Activities are a great way to challenge yourself and try something new. They are something you do in your spare time, outside school or college.

From sports, volunteering, and dance, to coding clubs and film taster sessions, choose from a wide range of exciting activities near you and across Greater Manchester.

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Ready to apply?

Taking part in an activity requires commitment. Before you apply, consider what’s required and whether you have enough time.

If it’s not quite the right fit, you can look for something else.

Learn more about activities near you and apply.

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Why should I take part?

Benefit 1

Stand out from the crowd. Activities give you something to talk about and look great on job, college and university applications.

Benefit 2

Explore your passions and interests by trying out something new.

Benefit 3

Gain new experiences and develop your skills. Activities can help you develop essential life skills and build your confidence and self-esteem.

Benefit 4

Expand your social network. Meet new people and make new friends.

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NCS (National Citizen Service)

NCS gives 16-17 year-olds the chance to live away from home, take part in adventure activities, gain life skills and make a difference.

The Outward Bound Trust / Serious Adventure (13-19 years)

The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity that helps young people believe in themselves through learning and adventures in the wild.

The Outward Bound Trust / Serious Adventure (15-19 years)

The Outward Bound Trust challenges young people to change their perspective.

Questions & answers

Many activities are free but some activities charge. Help with costs, such as confidential bursaries, are sometimes available.

Some activities are aimed at different age groups. It’s a good idea to check age requirements before applying or signing-up.

Most activities don’t involve exams. For some activities, you’ll need to complete an application form and go through an application process.

You decide what’s right for you. It’s important to consider how you balance your time and ensure you don’t take too much on. Talk to your parents, carers or teachers to help you decide.

This is different for each activity. Some activities may take place at different times of year, such as during the summer holidays.

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