Fred Done’s betting on Manchester going for Gold!

By Paige O'Grady   |   28th June 2016

To complete his year in office as Lord Mayor of Manchester, Paul Murphy OBE is putting his money where his mouth is and making a bet with Fred Done, owner of Betfred the world’s largest independent bookmaker, to find future Manchester Olympic Champions.

The bet is in aid of a new initiative, ‘The Lord Mayor’s Future Champions’ which aims to find the very best young Manchester athletes aspiring to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Paul Murphy placed a £20 bet* for the initiative to find an Olympic champion to win gold, with odds set by Fred at 10,000/1.

The Lord Mayor’s Future Champions initiative has been created by the We Love MCR Charity and supported by the North Wests leading track and field athletics coaching organisation, Diane Modahl Sports Foundation.

The initiative will offer first class coaching, mentoring, support and guidance, access to track and field training facilities, medical support and competitions in the run up to the next Olympic Games.

Paul Murphy OBE, said: ‘I believe it’s time Manchester, a City of Sport, begins to ask why we do not produce track and field Olympians. We have the raw talent, world class facilities and world class coaches. Additional funding is also a critical ingredient and I am hoping we will receive the support to achieve our goal for 2020. Fred Done has given us generous odds. I look forward to taking his cash!’.

Also commenting, Fred Done said: ‘The Lord Mayor’s Future Champions initiative is a great opportunity for young people to aim high and reach their potential goals in athletics. I am a big supporter of the We Love MCR Charity and everything they do to help support the people of Manchester. I’d be more than happy for this bet to come through!’.

The We Love MCR Charity will help raise money to fund coaching sessions with four-time Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist 800 metre champion Diane Modahl and her partner, Olympic athletics coach Vicente Modahl. The Lord Mayor’s Future Champions project will aim to identify 10 young potential Olympians eligible to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

To find out more information on The Lord Mayor’s Future Champions visit the We Love MCR Charity website To show your support, follow the hashtag #FutureChampionsMCR and simply text MANC00 ‘£10’ (the value of your donation) to 70070 or visit the just giving website