City of Champions Fundraiser

Oh, what a night!

A huge thank you to everyone who came to, or otherwise supported, our 2021 City of Champions Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony on Thursday, 23 September, at the Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester.

The event was a huge success with 150 delegates attending. Speakers included Diane Modahl, Co-Founder and CEO of the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation (DMSF); Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham; and BBC presenter Mike Shaft.

The energy and engagement of the audience helped us raise critical funds for our programmes and initiatives, and our guests of honour, which included English footballing legend Gary Neville and Dr Marilyn Comrie OBE who were inducted into the City of Champions Hall of Fame, and Manchester Rapper Aitch received the B Inspired Award, were overwhelmed with the support shown to the charity.

Thanks to your very generous support the event raised just over £18,000 for the Foundation. Your contributions will help us make a very real difference to the lives of others.

We are very grateful to our event partners, Manchester City Council for their support; our sponsors 11 11 Group, Roland Dransfield, Meadows Gin, Amelia Rose Flowers and Four Synergy Group, for making sure everything went smoothly and for all their efforts in making sure it was a success.

Details of next year’s gala event will follow soon.

Image credit (left to right): Kadeena Cox MBE, Gary Neville

Click here to visit the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation YouTube channel and watch interviews will all our inductees and award winners.

The Gala Dinner is an important fundraiser for the official charity partner the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation (DMSF). The proceeds will directly support young people and their families. DMSF work within the top 20% areas of deprivation, using sport as a vehicle change to build character and develop behaviours that are ultimately transferable throughout their whole lives. To find out how you can support us click here.

Image credit (left to right): Abigail Irozuru, Dr Marilyn Comrie OBE

Click here to see images from the City of Champions 2021 image gallery.
Photography by The Vain Photography.

It’s been a real privilege to host the City of Champions event in this great city once again. The past 18 months have presented so many challenges for so many people, but also spurred some truly inspirational work across our communities.

The inductees honoured this year are true inspirations to people of all ages across the city, providing a fantastic example of what can be achieved through dedication, ambition and resilience. DMSF’s work is all about embedding positivity and belief in young people, so they see success as a choice – not something that is dependent on chance.

Diane Modahl

CEO and co-Founder, Diane Modahl Sports Foundation

Click here to see images from the City of Champions 2019 image gallery.
Photography by Ant Clausen.