City of Football shortlist announced

Sport England Investing £1.6million

City of Football shortlist announced - As the nation prepares to back England’s World Cup campaign, Sport England today announces that Manchester, Nottingham and Portsmouth have been shortlisted to become England’s first ‘City of Football’.

Over the summer, the shortlisted cities will develop full proposals for how they will turn this commitment into a plan to get more people in their city playing the game regularly.

Sport England will visit each city and work with the consortium to develop these plans. “Football is our national game and we want everyone who wants to play to be able to," said Phil Smith, Sport England Director of Sport. "Yet despite demand for the game, the number of over 16s playing regularly is falling. We want to support one of these cities to become a test-bed for developing innovative ways to get more people playing the game so that we can share best practice across the nation and unlock the latent demand for football that is at the heart of every community. We look forward to working with each city over the coming months to develop their ideas.” 


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