Nottingham Forest chief executive Paul Faulkner has spoken of his delight after Nottingham was named the first City of Football.
After a lengthy bidding process, backed by Forest and near neighbours Notts County, Sport England handed Nottingham the accolade ahead of Manchester and Portsmouth.
The result will see the city receive £1.6million’s worth of National Lottery funding to devote to increasing football participation in the city, and Faulkner was thrilled Forest were able to play a significant part in securing the title.
He said: “This is a fantastic outcome not only for Nottingham but for all the staff here at The City Ground who have devoted a huge amount of time and effort to this project.
“At Forest we have a duty to play a big role in our community and I am thrilled we were able to help earn Nottingham a title it truly deserves. Becoming the first City of Football won’t only bring vital funding into our local area, it will also bring great expertise and a passion for driving participation.
“Along with yesterday’s opening of the Nottingham Football Centre, our involvement in the grassroots game is snowballing and we will remain committed to repaying Nottingham for the fantastic support the city shows us as a club.”