Jan 30

Manchester sporting achievements aren’t always about football

Manchester has always had a strong sporting heritage. But, when it comes to people connecting Manchester and sport, they most immediately think ‘football’. Manchester though has a hidden sporting gem, which is nurturing future tennis and squash talent at a world class level – The Northern.

Based in Didsbury, the club has some amazing sporting achievements. Julianne Courtice – a squash player, who trains and plays out of The Northern, is seeded 44th in the world and based in Manchester. Bet you didn’t know that! She recently beat a world number 10 in a championship which took place in Hong Kong.

In addition, teenager Holly Staff, who’s 16, has just won the tennis Under 18s national championship. Beating hundreds of other girls from across the country to win the title. With expert coaching she receives from the coaching team at The Northern, Holly could well be a British tennis superstar in the making.

These success stories are why Great Minds loves working with The Northern. Football may be in Manchester’s sporting blood, but with emerging local talent like this, these racket sport players are sure to command the sporting spotlight in the future.