Call for bids for 'City of Football'

Sport England Investing £1.6million

Cities across England  have the chance to bid to become the first City of Football.

Funding will be invested in a city to run a pilot programme that unites public, private and voluntary organisation to get more people playing all forms of the grassroots game.

“Whilst the number of people playing football regularly has declined, it is still one of England’s most popular sports and the unmet demand to play is high if the offer is right,” said Phil Smith. “From kick-abouts in the park to 5-a-side friendlies to 11-a-side leagues, we want to find the city that wants this title more than any other, that will do whatever it takes to get more people playing the game regularly.

”Applications should demonstrate commitment at the highest level and explain why this mix of local partners can together increase the number of people playing football in their city. Further information about how to bid will be available from the Sport England website on Monday.

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