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The Purple Wave is a UoM Sport programme, created to bring people together to celebrate and enjoy spending time as a community while being physically active. It is not about elite performance but about participating with like-minded people to have fun and make friends.  

The Purple Wave comprises a series of events, of which you can join any number throughout the year, from one to all. You can purchase a Purple Wave T-shirt to be part of the event. And if you choose to register as a Purple Wave fundraiser, supporting Manchester’s world-class research, your ticket will be free! We’ll provide you with support and guidance to set up a JustGiving fundraising page. Please note that some events require you to raise a modest minimum target to access your free place.

Next year is a special year for the university as we will be celebrating our bicentenary: 200 years of brilliant discoveries, education, and social impact that have shaped the modern world. To mark the occasion, we’re delighted to be offering our current staff and students a special founding year rate of £18.24.

As well as taking part, we also need volunteers to help run the events, so if this is where you would like to be, get in touch.


To celebrate the University’s bicentenary, we are delighted to offer a special founding year rate of £18.24 for the 10k places to staff and students.

We’re excited to announce our spring running event at Platt Fields Park. Don’t miss out, and secure your place today.

Join us as a Purple Wave fundraiser this year, and you’ll help Manchester’s brightest minds tackle some of society’s biggest challenges.

We rely on a team of volunteers from across the University to make all the events happen and the Purple Wave Community what it is. 

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If you need more information about any aspects of our events please email us at

Frequently Asked Questions

Fitness classes

Our huge class programme take place at facilities on campus.


Take part in over 70 hours of free sport sessions per week.

Six Ways to Wellbeing

When it comes to your wellbeing, a small action can make a big difference.

Our A to Zs

Sport A to Z

View our A to Z of all the sports that we offer at Manchester.

Activities A to Z

Take a look at all the activities we offer to get you more active at Manchester.