ITV World Cup Fan Park Will Bring Communities Together

Thousands of fans will soak up the glory, exhilaration and drama of the Brazilian World Cup experience next month – right here in Manchester.

The world-famous Granada Studios site is being transformed into a Brazilian dream; the ITV Fever Pitch fan park.

The park will bring together fans, young and old, to immerse themselves in the emotional rollercoaster of the biggest football event in the world.

Games will be shown live every match day on giant screens, while a Brazilian-style beach soccer stadium will host daily matches. England’s beach soccer team will be taking on some of the best players in the world from Italy, Uruguay, Costa Rica and Germany.

Families can chill out and soak up the atmosphere on the ‘Little Copacabana’ beach area, while those who fancy themselves as the next Lionel Messi can work up a sweat in the ITV High Tempo zone.

80,000 fans are expected to attend across the four weeks of the World Cup, bringing together different communities with a common love of the beautiful game. They’ll also bond with millions of others across the world, via television, social media and the unforgettable shared experience.

The fan park will bring the World Cup to the masses – and create a legacy of sport and volunteering within the community.

In partnership with Join In, who organised the Olympic Games Maker volunteers in 2012, ITV is running a Community Programme for schools and sports clubs from the North West. Young players will get the chance to come and have a go at beach football, with professional coaches passing on tips and advice.

Local volunteers will help make ITV Fever Pitch a great experience for visitors, and the event will kick off a longer-term initiative to create 100,000 new volunteers for local sports clubs.

A new generation will be inspired by the event; whether by learning to play beach football, or by watching in a crowd of thousands as Rooney scores a wonder-goal; or by volunteering to help others in their community.

Brace yourselves – it’s going to be emotional!