Nottingham: England’s sporting capital

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Nottingham Castle. Is Nottingham's sporting appeal greater than that of Robin Hood?

Nottingham Castle. Is Nottingham’s sporting appeal greater than that of Robin Hood?

Nottingham has been voted England’s home of sport in a VisitEngland campaign.

It received more nominations than any other English destination, earning the ‘People’s Choice’ position in a shortlist of six, Nottingham went on to score 38% of the total number of public votes with almost 50% more votes than its nearest rival, Yorkshire. Thus VisitEngland says it is now England’s Home of Sport.

Nottingham has more sports facilities per head of the population than anywhere else in Europe. Home to the National Water Sports Centre, which offers facilities for kayaking, canoeing, white water rafting, and the first twin Olympic-sized ice rink, Nottingham has world-class facilities that can be enjoyed by novices and dedicated champion athletes alike. The brand new state-of-the-art facilities at the Harvey Hadden Sports Village include a 60m indoor running track, an eight-lane 400m running track and a publicly-accessible 50m swimming pool with adjustable floor.

The city is where many internationally known sports stars gained their first taste of fame and success such as Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, Rebecca Adlington and the cricketer, Stuart Broad. The football manager, Brian Clough, is synonymous with Nottingham, where his statue stands. Under ‘Cloughie’, Nottingham Forest Football Club rose to League and European Club victory in the 70s and 80s and were undefeated in 42 consecutive matches. Notts County – the other football team in the city – is the oldest football league club in the world and it was in Nottingham that shin pads were invented football goal nets were first used.

Nottingham isn’t limited to football, ice skating, swimming and other water sports. Cricket and test matches are played at Trent Bridge and the city hosted Aegon Open tennis championships this year The first Cerebral Palsy World Games in 15 years was held in the city as was the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships and FIRST World Deaf Championships. The GB Archery finals were held here and Nottingham has been confirmed as the first English destination to host the European Archery Championship in 2016.

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