Southampton misses out of City of Football accolade

Daily Echo: Southampton misses out of City of Football accolade Southampton misses out of City of Football accolade

SOUTHAMPTON has missed out on a chance to become England's first City of Football.

The city failed to reach the shortlist - missing out to south coast rivals Portsmouth.

As reported, Southampton put itself forward to be in with a chance of £1.6m funding to encourage more people playing all forms of the grassroots game.

A consortium consisting of Southampton City Council, the University of Southampton and Southampton Solent University, Southampton FC, and amateur football clubs submitted an expression of interest for the bid.

But it was announced today by Sport England that the city has missed out with Manchester, Nottingham and Portsmouth reaching the shortlist.

Phil Smith, Sport England's director of sport said: “Football is our national game and we want everyone who wants to play to be able to.

“Yet despite demand for the game, the number of over 16s playing regularly is falling. We want to support one of these cities to become a test-bed for developing innovative ways to get more people playing the game so that we can share best practice across the nation and unlock the latent demand for football that is at the heart of every community.

“We look forward to working with each city over the coming months to develop their ideas.”

Kelly Simmons, the FA's director of national game and women's football, said: “World Cup fever is about to sweep the nation, and we want to ensure that it will inspire players of all ages and abilities to get out and play football regularly in a way that suits them.

“Despite the growth in children's football we are facing challenges retaining and growing the number of adult players wanting to play on a weekly basis. The City of Football is an opportunity for everyone involved in football to come together to test new ways of opening up football opportunities for everyone. We look forward to sharing our expertise, as well discovering new insights, as the pilot progresses.”

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12:50pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Big Mac says...

Portsmouth, a potential city of football, who writes these jokes?
City of doom and desperation would be more apt.
Portsmouth, a potential city of football, who writes these jokes? City of doom and desperation would be more apt. Big Mac
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1:17pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Ozmosis says...

Big Mac wrote:
Portsmouth, a potential city of football, who writes these jokes?
City of doom and desperation would be more apt.
Be fair - they are trying to encourage grass roots football. That's about all they have left with PFC! ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Big Mac[/bold] wrote: Portsmouth, a potential city of football, who writes these jokes? City of doom and desperation would be more apt.[/p][/quote]Be fair - they are trying to encourage grass roots football. That's about all they have left with PFC! ;-) Ozmosis
  • Score: 11

2:55pm Fri 6 Jun 14

philiprhampton says...

Typical hierarchy, on a par with the so called management of open prisons with their ground breaking decisions, the mind boggles
Typical hierarchy, on a par with the so called management of open prisons with their ground breaking decisions, the mind boggles philiprhampton
  • Score: -1

3:31pm Fri 6 Jun 14

gazw1976 says...

to be fair i remember playing in poopey in away games an the pitches were better , some of ours would be more suited to moto cross
to be fair i remember playing in poopey in away games an the pitches were better , some of ours would be more suited to moto cross gazw1976
  • Score: 9

3:58pm Fri 6 Jun 14

wwozzer says...

Never mind, maybe we could get them to look for a "city of students" instead. We'd walk it.
Never mind, maybe we could get them to look for a "city of students" instead. We'd walk it. wwozzer
  • Score: 1

6:52pm Fri 6 Jun 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

We will never lose the accolade of City of Whingers, we are way ahead in the World on that score.
We will never lose the accolade of City of Whingers, we are way ahead in the World on that score. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 6

7:18pm Fri 6 Jun 14

mickey01 says...

to be fair portsmouth put more effort to improve their city than our lot be it the heritage , tourism, traffic , entertainment, shopping .
this council have a lot to answer for
to be fair portsmouth put more effort to improve their city than our lot be it the heritage , tourism, traffic , entertainment, shopping . this council have a lot to answer for mickey01
  • Score: 18

11:36am Sat 7 Jun 14

cliffwalker says...

Southampton may not be getting the money and the high profile treatment but there's nothing to stop the consortium from doing their best to encourage grassroots football anyway.
Southampton may not be getting the money and the high profile treatment but there's nothing to stop the consortium from doing their best to encourage grassroots football anyway. cliffwalker
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