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16 September 2014, 08:08
Sport England has told Capital that Nottingham has beaten Manchester and Portsmouth to become their first City of Football.
It means over the next two years Nottingham will get £1.6 million of Lottery funding to give as many people as possible the chance to play football.
The city will also test ways to get more people into the sport and share best practice with the rest of England.
Councillor Jon Collins, Leader of Nottingham City Council, said:
'This is great news for Nottingham and its people and will transform the footballing landscape in the city.
We willcontinue to bring together organisations and experts from across the city to ensure we deliver an exceptional, joined-up and creative programme, resulting in a social football revolution.'
Nigel Cooke, Head of One Nottingham, said:
'Over the next two years, we will create new football partnerships; develop new technologies; encourage more people to play, especially 14 to 25 year olds, women and girls and people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds;
and share our learning so that the rest of England can benefit from our insight.'