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Hire our Facilities

Our sports and meeting facilities are available for hire for clubs, groups and events.

Contact us to discuss your needs, pricing or to arrange a viewing.

Facilities are typically available during term time between 6pm and 9pm Monday to Thursday and by agreement on weekends. Facilities can also be booked during school holidays. Some of our more popular facilities are 

3G Football Pitches


  • Can be hired as a full sized pitch or as three separate 5/7-aside pitches
  • Fully floodlit
  • Changing rooms available
  • Car parking available next to the pitch




A state-of-the-art, versatile venue available for dance and drama productions, awards ceremonies and more.


  • Up to 313 seated capacity
  • 229 retractable tiered seats
  • Configurable orchestra pit
  • Professional lighting system: Ion Xe Consol, LED lighting (ETC LED ColourSource Four 15-30 Zoom Profiles, ETC ColourSource Fresnels, ETC ColourSource Parcans, Selecon PL CYC Lanterns).
  • Professional sound system: Qu-24 – Allen & Heath Digital Mixer.
  • Large projection screen and projector.
  • Variable speed front of house curtain.
  • Mid tab track.
  • Flexible white cyclorama / black curtaining.
  • Grid lights accessed left and right via two fixed sets of ladders leading to a gantry and tensile steel grid allowing for ease of access.
  • Side booms accessed via gantry or ladders.
  • Backstage relay and Tannoy system.
  • Plentiful visitor parking


Sports Hall


  • Multi-purpose space perfect for a range of indoor sports including 5-a-side football, netball, basketball and badminton.
  • Full sized basketball court
  • 4 marked badminton courts
  • Curtain divides the hall in two
  • Excellent LED lighting
  • Car parking available on site


Please do get in touch if you want to speak to us about any other facilities such as classrooms and the dance studio.


Success stories and testimonials

As a filming location

  • The Go Ultra Low campaign recorded part of their 2019 adverts with us, promoting the uptake of electric cars. They wanted to show a modern school drop-off.
  • BBC Question Time filmed an episode here in 2022. We were delighted to have Higher Blackley represented in the national debate.
  • CBBC show Class Dismissed filmed series 6 with us in 2021
  • In 2021 we were the location for a promotional video for Uniwipes
  • We were very proud to use our facilities and students in 2020 to help promote the new Co-op Academy Belle Vue, prior to it opening. It is now a thriving school.

Theatre performances

Testimonials from our Theatre hirers:

“Many thanks for your seamless management of our technical residency at the theatre last week. Your facilities are superb – that’s without question – but it is you and your colleagues that made it such a successful experience for the Maggie the Cat gang.

Clearly, your professional knowledge is far-reaching and your generosity in going the extra mile made it possible for us to explore and test the elements of our production to the fullest extent.

Please pass on our thanks to everyone – to Keith and Allison and their teams and the very patient and lovely staff at reception – and hopefully we’ll see you at the world premiere of Maggie the Cat.”

Dawn Prentice (Producer), Maggie the Cat, part of the preparations for Manchester International Festival


“We absolutely love using the Academy Theatre for our productions! Not only are the facilities second to none and location fantastic, but the staff are so helpful and nothing is too big or too small for them. Putting on a production can be quite stressful, but using the Academy takes away the stress and helps to ensure a smooth process. Thank you. We highly recommend!”

Jaynie Powsney (Owner), JSTAR Academy of Performing Arts


Sports & Community Clubs

“The Co-op Academy on Plant Hill Road is a really good facility which I would recommend, they are open all year round apart from 2 weeks over Christmas so it is back to back Football! The pitches are kept in really good conditions and the response from the facilities team is prompt. I would recommend playing here as myself and my team have done for the past 5 years.”

Stuart, Moston Reds

“The facility is first class and suitable for a variety of sports. Our scout group uses the hall to meet and we couldn’t ask for a better place to meet! A great community asset and will make a difference to so many people.”

Gary, 105th Manchester Scouts group