Nottingham has been named as the official Home of English Sport. This comes after a campaign by tourism body VisitEngland.

The campaign, which included an online poll, was run in order to determine which place is believed to be the ‘Home of Sport’ in England.

Sporting officials, believe being named as the top destination for sport in England is a massive achievement and could be hugely influential for the people who live in Nottingham.

Nottingham is home to Nottingham Forest Football Club, once one of the biggest clubs in Europe under the legendary manager Brian Clough.

It is also home to Notts County, the oldest football club in the football league, as well as Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, which hosts the Ashes Test Match and it is also the birthplace of famous ice skating duo Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.

Brian Clough
Brian Clough is considered a local hero, this statue of him is in the town centre

Nottingham Forest in the community is a community based football club that has recently built new training pitches on Forest Fields Recreation Ground.

Further development to facilities throughout Nottingham is also expected to promote sport across the city.

Marcus Shelley, the assistant manager of the Djangoly Community Centre, in Nottingham, said: “Hopefully it will inspire more youngsters to get involved in sport.”

 

New football facilities have been built by Nottingham Forest in the Community
New football facilities have been built by Nottingham Forest in the Community

Nottingham Forest in the Community is a club attended by many children and the Senior Projects Manager, Richie Holmes, believes this title can inspire more youngsters to get involved.

He said:“When young people are watching TV or looking at the local paper and they see sports men and women that are from similar backgrounds as them being successful, they will want to get involved in sport and potentially start working toward making a career out of it.”

Nottingham being named ‘The Home of English Sport’ comes a year after it was awarded the title of ‘City of Football’.

It is now hoped that Nottingham’s reputation as a great sporting scene will further attract sportsmen and women looking to develop their athletic ability.

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