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Manchester City and United kick off October wave of opportunities for Our Pass card holders

THE city-region’s football giants, Manchester City and Manchester United, are in the new wave of opportunities Our Pass card holders will be able to access this October.

Thousands of eligible 16 to 18-year-olds have already signed up and received their glossy purple Our Pass card. Young people, for a one-off £10 administration fee, get free bus travel across Greater Manchester. Our Pass card holders can also benefit from half-price off peak one day and weekend travel cards on Metrolink.

City and United headline the new offers being announced by Our Pass, the new travel pass giving eligible 16 to 18-year-olds in Greater Manchester the freedom to travel, work and learn. A number of football clubs in the city-region are already supporting Our Pass; including Curzon Ashton, FC United, Oldham Athletic and Radcliffe FC.

  • Now Premier League champions Manchester City are offering Our Pass holders the chance to attend a UEFA Champions League group stage game for just £5. The offer is available for their home games against Atalanta on October 22 and Shakhtar Donetsk on November 26. As part of the deal Our Pass holders will also qualify for a free hot or cold (soft) drink.
  • If your preference is with the red half of Manchester, the winners of a record 20 English League titles are offering a limited number of tickets at £5 for their Europa League matches against FK Partizan on November 7 and AZ Alkmaar on December 12. Our Pass holders can also gain free entry to all of the Under-23 team’s home fixtures, at Leigh Sports Village, this season. In addition Manchester United Women games will be available to Our Pass holders for just £3.
  • For those not interested in football, there’s still a wide range of other activities available with Our Pass including rock climbing, zip wires, theatre trips and exclusive discounts across Greater Manchester. This October there are also new opportunities to experience with Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Mahdlo Youth Zone and Wigan Youth Zone. Our Pass holders can apply by entering their unique code at

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “I want Our Pass to open the doors of the best places in Greater Manchester to young people of all backgrounds. I don’t want anyone to be left outside because they can’t afford the cost of travel or tickets.

“That’s why I’m so grateful to our two great clubs for joining forces and getting behind Our Pass. Their support takes it up to a new level and sends such a powerful and positive message to the young people of Greater Manchester.”

Our Pass lead Rose Marley said: “Our Pass goes from strength to strength and we’re really excited to be able to confirm Greater Manchester’s two biggest teams are supporting us, Our Pass is truly purple!

“The opportunities and offers for Our Pass update on the first of every month so organisations who want to engage with, invest in or simply show their support for Gen Z and the future workforce of Greater Manchester can get involved at any time.”

Colin Bridgford, Chief Executive Officer at the Manchester FA, added: “The Manchester FA is the home of grassroots football in Greater Manchester and we are committed to providing football for all, so we are delighted to see so many of the city-region’s local teams unite behind Our Pass and inspire young people to get involved.”

Young people helped choose the name, design the card and contributed to how they wanted Our Pass to work. At 16, they face decisions that will shape their lives and sometimes lack the skills they need to travel, explore and navigate the world beyond their doorstep. Our Pass is designed to help; as they start college, apprenticeships, jobs and the transition into becoming adults.

Article Published: 02/10/2019 09:33 AM