Nottingham named City of Football

26th September 2014

REPORT:

Nottingham has been chosen by Sport England as England’s first ‘City of Football’, meaning it is set to receive £1.6 million to help increase the numbers of 14 to 25 year olds playing football regularly.

The money will fund initiatives such as pop-up facilities and an electronic ‘playbook’ that will monitor football participation in the city.

Reacting to the news, UoNSU Sports Officer Kiri Madhani said she hoped the award will help develop links to reduce drop-off in football participation after students finish university.

Nigel Cooke, head of the bid team One Nottingham, told URN that he hopes the City of Football initiative will reduce post-university drop-off. Mr Cooke also said that traditional means of getting people to play football had failed, and that the strength of Nottingham’s bid was its “non-footballing solutions to a footballing problem”.