Vote for your favourite #HomeOfSport

by Katie Rowe

Category: Things to do
September 14 2015

From the birthplace of Rugby to the Cotswolds Olympicks, our sporting heritage is really something to shout about – and you did just that. After receiving more than 2,000 submissions we’ve managed to whittle down England’s Home of Sport to a shortlist of six destinations. Which one will get your vote? 

Spectators watch a game of cricket unfold at Trent Bridge in Nottingham


‘People’s Favourite’ Nottingham had more nominations for #HomeOfSport than any other English destination. Historic cricket ground Trent Bridge was recently the site of our glorious Ashes win, while the Aegon Open returned to the city this summer for the first time since 2008. Robin Hood fans can get to grips with Nottingham’s heritage with Archery at Sherwood Forest or take the ultimate fitness test in the Outlaw Triathlon, a gruelling Ironman-distance course. Vote for Nottingham…

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Rugby players battle it out on the pitch at the Rugby School


It was on the playing field at Rugby School that, nearly 200 years ago, the game of rugby was born. In 1823, William Webb Ellis picked up the ball during a football match and ran with it. Rugby School is also accredited with many of the words associated with the sport – from ‘try’ to ‘goal line’ – as well as giving the England team its defining white shirt and inventing ‘caps’, originally given to the school boys deemed good enough to play for the main teams. Rugby became the winter sport of the British Empire, spreading from one town in Central England to France, Argentina, Japan and the rest of the world, and today international teams still battle for the ‘Webb Ellis’ trophy in the World Cup. All thanks to this Warwickshire market town. Vote for Rugby…

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A group tackle the choppy waters of Lee Valley White Water Centre


The enduring legacy of hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has included splendid structures such as Lee Valley VeloparkLee Valley White Water Centre, and the Aquatics Centre. South West London’s Twickenham Stadium and Wimbledon All England Tennis Club are recognisable worldwide; while the history of venues such as Lord’sOval and Royal Blackheath Golf Club make them a must-see. Take a tour of Fulham, Chelsea and Arsenal football stadiums, or hone your sporting trivia with a visit to the national museum for tennis (Wimbledon), rugby (Twickenham) or cricket (Lords). Vote for London…

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Surfers rides the waves on the vast River Severn


Home to several of our nation’s quirkiest sports and pastimes, Gloucestershire earned its place in VisitEngland’s Home of Sport shortlist with such nominations as River Football in Bourton-on-the-Water, an annual match played in the trickling River Windrush, and the Cotswolds Olympicks, an eccentric sporting spectacular that’s now over 400 years old. Elsewhere, Tetbury’s Wacky Races sees competitors building their own vehicles for the annual Soapbox Derby, while visitors to the River Severn can try their hand at river surfing in spring and autumn. The current record-holder surfed the bore for over nine miles. Could you do better? Vote for Gloucestershire…

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A family cycle past Dalby Forest's towering green trees in North Yorkshire


The rolling hills, vibrant cities and big skies of Yorkshire make it a veritable sporting playground. Last year’s Tour de France, which took the peloton through beautiful Yorkshire scenery and the iconic cities of Leeds, York and Sheffield, paved the way for this year’s inaugural Tour de Yorkshire, and this vast county is now globally recognised for its cycling offering. Yorkshire is synonymous too with horseracing, with no fewer than nine top-class courses. Yorkshire’s unofficial capital Leeds will host Rugby World Cup matches at Elland Road this September, but it is Yorkshire-bred Rugby League that is really woven into the culture here. Vote for Yorkshire…

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Football fans walk past Old Trafford Stadium


Throughout Manchester, iconic and ambitious sporting venues add personality to the city scape. Manchester is home to the National Cycling Centre, where athletes train on the world’s busiest velodrome and BMX track. The National Squash Centre and Manchester Aquatics Centre were both specifically built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games hosted by the city. Manchester is renowned of course for its football, and Old Trafford and Etihad Stadium are two of the most iconic venues for our national sport. There’s also the National Football Museum, and now Hotel Football, two more reasons to take a footy-focused break in the city. Vote for Manchester…

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Vote for England’s #HomeOfSport at before 22 October. The winning destination will be announced on 23 October. 

Katie Rowe

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