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by Melissa Brobby

Category: Things to do
October 22 2015

We asked you to nominate the destination you considered to be England’s sporting capital, and after receiving more than 2,000 submissions, Nottingham in Central England has been chosen as the country’s Home of Sport with a whopping 38% of the public vote!

And it’s not hard to see why.

Not only is the city home to the historic Trent Bridge and great sporting facilities – did you know that Nottingham has more sports facilities per head of the population than anywhere else in Europe? – but it is also the home of sporting legends; skating icons Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean began their skating career at the Nottingham Ice Stadium, now the National Ice Centre, and English cricketing star of the Ashes, Stuart Broad, is a proud Nottingham man. The city has also spawned a number of our Olympic Gold Medallists, including Rebecca Adlington, Etienne Stott MBE, Tim Baillie MBE, Richard Whitehead MBE and Champion boxer Carl Froch.

View of the stand at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground

Also, one of the country’s best known and loved football managers, Brian Clough, is synonymous with Nottingham, where his statue still stands proudly, and under the helm of ‘Cloughie’, Nottingham Forest Football Club rose to League and European Club victory in the 70s and 80s and was undefeated in 42 consecutive matches.

Staying on the subject of football, Notts County Football Club is the oldest football league club in the world, and the game has a lot to thank the city for, as it was in Nottingham that shin pads were invented and where football goal nets were first used.  

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Melissa Brobby

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