The public have voted Nottingham as England’s Home of Sport!
England may be a small nation but its contribution to the world of sport is enormous. But where in the country is the home of English sport?
Go anywhere in England’s green and pleasant land and you will almost certainly find some sport being played, be it the nation’s staple sports such as football, cricket and rugby or quirkier local games like conkers or cheese chasing.
VisitEngland shortlisted six contenders hoping to be crowned England’s home of sport:-
…but it was Nottingham that came out victorious.
This East Midlands city was quick out of the starting blocks, and received more public nominations than any other English destination. One of the six shortlisted destinations, Nottingham then went on to smash the public voting phase too, receiving a whopping 38% of the total votes.
With a proud sporting heritage, and a diverse range of sports and activities on offer including basketball, ice skating, archery, rugby, football, tennis, watersports, cricket and croquet, Nottingham is a worthy winner of the title. 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.
The city is notable for its diversity – 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.