The Better Swim School

We are the largest provider of swimming lessons across the UK. Across the country, we help over 100,000 people learn to love the water and keep active, by becoming capable and confident swimmers. You will find the Better Swim School here at East Manchester Leisure Centre too.

We provide:

  • Friendly fully qualified teachers
  • Lesson plans designed by swimming experts in accordance with the ASA Learn to Swim Framework
  • Access to Home Portal- our online tool which allows you to track progress through the Learn to Swim Framework
  • A fully inclusive and accessible Learn to Swim Programme
  • Free badges and certificates for your child for those on our direct debit scheme
  • Free Swimming for those on our direct debit or annual payment schemes

Junior Gym


Our Junior Gym programme offers 11 - 15 year olds the chance to experience gym activity in a supervised environment.

Membership only £12.50 per month or just £2.70 per session.

Available sessions:

Monday-Thursday 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Contact the centre today to book your induction or join online.

Karate Club at East Manchester Leisure Centre

Learn self-defence techniques, competition fighting, sparring and grappling. 

Get the fitness you’ve always wanted whilst improving self-confidence, focus and discipline.  Traditional Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate with a modern open-minded approach to training, our classes are formal but with a friendly atmosphere. Progress at your own pace, however students are encouraged to undertake regular belt gradings with the aim of achieving the coveted Black Belt.

Male/Female, any age from 5yrs upwards, no previous experience necessary - all will gain benefits from Karate. Instructors are enhanced DBS checked (formally CRB) and all members are insured through the EKF.

Openshaw Shukokai Karate Club believe that Karate should be accessible to everyone, therefor the club is pay as you train and we offer discounted training fees if siblings/family members train together.

The first lesson is free so you have nothing to lose by giving it a go, please contact the club for more details and Information. 

Instructor - Steve Buckley

07784 128947

Openshaw Shukokai Karate Club are proud members of  the Shito -Ryu Shukokai Union UK