After a fierce selection process, Nottingham has been announced as England’s official ‘Home of Sport’! Tourism board VisitEngland led the national campaign to find our top sporting destination.
With 38% of the total vote, Nottingham managed to fight off competition from London, Manchester and Yorkshire, to name a few. The East Midlands also received more votes than any other region.
The win is expected to increase tourism revenue and it is hoped this will also improve the local economy.
“They spend money while they’re here, so it’s great for the local economy”
Erin Huckle, PR manager for Nottingham’s Tourism Centre
Erin Huckle, PR manager for Nottingham’s Tourism Centre, believes the award will be good for the city.
Audio: Erin Huckle explains how an increase in tourism will affect Nottingham.
Earlier this year, Nottingham, which boasts Meadow Lane, home ground for Notts County, and the City Ground, home of Nottingham Forest, within only a short distance of each other, also won the award for the ‘Home Of Football’.
Video: A collection of images which represent Nottingham’s sporting traditions.
It is hoped Nottingham’s wins will encourage more children to play sport more regularly.
Steve Keane, chairman of local youth football team The Wilford Lions, says, for some local children, sport is all they have.
Audio: Steve Keane, Chairman of Wilford Lions Football Club, explains how sport can be positive for the local children.
A full list of youth football teams in the Nottingham area can be found here: