HSBC UK National Cycling Centre & National Squash Centre
Eastlands Trust was created by the merger of The Velodrome Trust and Manchester Sport and Leisure Trust in 2014. The Trust is responsible for managing a portfolio of national and elite sporting facilities on behalf of Manchester City Council, including HSBC UK National Cycling Centre (HSBC UK NCC) and National Squash Centre and Manchester Regional Arena (NSC / MRA).
The HSBC UK NCC was the UK’s first indoor cycle track and is home of the GB track and BMX cycling teams. It is also the base for British Cycling, the National Governing Body for the sport, with up to 200 staff based within its purpose built offices on the first floor.
The profile of users is very broad due to the national status of the facilities and they draw cyclists from across the region and beyond. The sports courts in the track centre are in regular use by local teams and leagues and the meeting rooms are in high demand.
Onsite catering facilities include the Velopark Café, as well as a number of bars and food outlets along the spectator concourse, complemented by a range of vending machines.
The NSC / MRA hosts a number of major events throughout the year including, the National Squash Championships, British Open Squash Championships and National and European track championships. Its location also benefits commercially from MCFC’s home fixtures, concerts and the many mass participation events held on the wider Etihad Campus, e.g. Sky Ride, Colour Run, etc.
The NSC / MRA is popular with local and regional athletes, drawn to the high standard of its facilities. Profile of users varies from novices participating in the leagues, to elite players from England Squash’s Performance Academy. The venue has benefited from a major expansion in the number of tenants it hosts including 80 Manchester City Council and NGB staff, plus a further 80 academic staff of the new University College of Football and Business (UCFB), which has created a base at the Etihad Campus. THE UCFB currently attracts up to 500 students, with plans to expand this number to in the region of 3,000 by 2020.
Onsite catering includes a café and other similar facilities to those at HSBC NCC.
Catering consultancy services and advice has included full support to appoint a catering partner to work alongside the Trust to help it achieve mutual benefit from a high quality, successful and profitable catering operation across these initial two key sites.