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Connell's Commonwealth legacy gets royal seal of approval

HRH Princess Anne and international delegation explore Commonwealth Games legacy at Connell Sixth Form College

Posted by Stephanie Broad | April 27, 2016 | Sports & leisure

HRH The Princess Royal was guest of honour at Connell Sixth Form College recently as Bright Futures Educational Trust and Connell welcomed a delegation of senior leaders from across the Commonwealth to the College. 

The delegation was in Manchester to examine how the city is leading the way in cross-sector partnerships and collaboration as part of a major global leadership development programme, run by Common Purpose and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences (UK Fund).

Connell Sixth Form College is located on Manchester City Football Club’s Etihad Campus, which hosted the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002. HRH Princess Anne was welcomed by Head of College Jane Hopcroft and Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski, the CEO of Bright Futures Educational Trust, to explore the legacy of the Games and take a tour of the College. 

Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski commented: “The legacy of the Commonwealth Games is something that as a College and a Trust we have always embraced. Manchester and the East of the city in particular have enjoyed unprecedented progress since 2002, in what has traditionally been recognised as a low-income area. While sporting legacy has played a major part in that, it has also enabled us to develop a sixth form college that offers real academic opportunities for the local community and those who might not quite be old enough to remember the Games.”  

As well as educating players from Manchester City’s academy teams, Connell has a rich sporting culture, having developed close relationships with the Manchester Institute of Health & Performance and National Cycling Centre also situated on the campus.

Dame Dana concluded: “It was a real privilege to introduce HRH Princess Anne and the Commonwealth delegation to the work we’re doing as a Trust and the benefits our academies are enjoying by collaborating with one another.”  

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