Nottingham has been shortlisted in VisitEngland’s search to find the country’s Home of Sport.
The search to establish England’s ultimate sporting capital began in June, when VisitEngland asked the public to nominate their top sporting experiences and venues across the country. Over the following weeks, more than 2,000 submissions flooded in from across the country, and spanned everything from favourite running routes and personal fitness challenges to stadia holding tens of thousands of fans and even choice pubs for watching the action.
Establishing a shortlist was no mean feat – a VisitEngland panel worked through the thousands of claims to select the leading destinations according to their offering of sporting venues and attractions, the breadth of their sporting experiences, diverse and beautiful backdrops, and sporting trivia or claims to fame.
The shortlist of England’s top sporting destinations, announced last week, is:
- The people’s choice (most nominations) – Nottingham
- Sporting playground – Yorkshire
- Biggest claim to fame – Rugby
- Best sporting attractions – Manchester
- Quirkiest sports – Gloucestershire
- Iconic venues and events – London
Jennifer Spencer, Experience Nottinghamshire’s Chief Executive says: “The overwhelming amount of nominations we’ve received goes to show just how proud people are of Nottingham when it comes to sport, and now we need to keep up the momentum. I’d encourage everyone to VOTE for Nottingham as England’s Home of Sport. We have a proud sporting heritage here and a diverse offer – including ice skating, archery, rugby, football, tennis, water sports, cricket and croquet to name but a few, so there are plenty of reasons to get behind Nottingham in the Home of Sport voting.”
James Berresford, VisitEngland’s Chief Executive says: “shortlisting six destinations from a pool of 2,000 nominations was a tough job. Between them, these destinations showcase England’s diversity as a sporting country. Nottingham received more nominations for Home of Sport than any other destination, making it our ‘People’s Choice’. The city is notable for its range – it draws on its history in hosting the popular Robin Hood marathon and archery championships, but is also home to brand new facilities at Harvey Hadden and the National Videogame Arcade. Voting goes live today, and we are excited to see which of our worthy shortlist the public crowns the country’s ultimate Home of Sport.
Read more about the six shortlisted destinations at www.englandhomeofsport.com, where you can vote for your favourite.
Voting will close on 19 October, and England’s Home of Sport will be announced on 23 October 2015.