Nottingham Forest owner and chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi has spoken of his delight after Nottingham was named England’s Home of Sport today.The city has been awarded the title after a Visit England campaign, which saw Nottingham blow its five competitors out of the water by scooping 38% of the voting.
And Al Hasawi is delighted with another success for the city.
In this weekend’s programme for the visit of Ipswich Town, he writes: ‘I am delighted to hear that Nottingham has been crowned England’s Home of Sport, a year after receiving the City of Football accolade.
‘You need only stand on Trent Bridge to get a snapshot of how important sport is to this city. Three major venues, The City Ground, the cricket ground and Meadow Lane, dominate the skyline, while down below you are sure to see a rower or two making their way along the Trent – skills possibly honed just along the river at the National Watersports Centre.
‘That is only scratching the surface, with a huge sporting heritage to discover here. Nottingham received more public votes than anywhere else and now VisitEngland have chosen it ahead of the likes of London, Manchester and Yorkshire.
‘As one of Nottingham’s oldest, most successful and well-known sporting institutions, Forest have undoubtedly contributed to the city’s success in this latest venture, something which gives me immense pride.
‘But we cannot underestimate the significance of our neighbours. Trent Bridge is one of the most iconic cricket stadiums in the world and Notts County are the oldest Football League club. They, along with Nottingham’s other sporting venues and grassroots facilities, have all played a huge part.
‘As a resident of the city I am delighted at this latest success and I would like to reiterate my commitment to ensuring this club remains something for Nottingham to be proud of.’
This weekend’s programme cover was originally used in the 1990-91 season. Inside, readers will find interviews with Reds forward Chris O’Grady and BBC Radio Nottingham’s Colin Fray.
The programme (£3) will be available to purchase on matchday at the City Ground Megastore and from sellers around the stadium.