Coventry was named as the UK’s European City of Sport for 2019.
The title awarded by European Capitals and Cities of Sport Federation (ACES Europe) which will mark a celebration of all aspects of sport and well-being across Coventry.
And as the excitement builds towards 2019, the team behind the bid, including local Olympian David Moorcroft OBE, are encouraging local people to secure new funding from the Council’s Sport and Culture Innovation Fund to plan and organise events and projects that help to get local people moving more.
To find out more about how to apply for funding and also hear more about getting involved in the year, local sports club, communities and cultural organisations are encouraged to attend an information event on the evening of Monday 19th November at Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Places are limited and should be booked in advance online at www.coventry.gov.uk/cityofsportbriefing
Former Olympian David Moorcroft and Chair of Coventry Sport Network, said:
“The announcement that Coventry has been granted European City of Sport in 2019 recognises the hard work that we’re all doing in Coventry and gives real credit to all those organisations making a difference to people’s lives in our city on a day to day basis.”
“We would like to ensure local people and local organisations engage and benefit from this award and that they have the opportunity to secure some of the funding available to promote sport and encourage more people to become active”
“I have seen some big changes to our city, but I’m most inspired by local people who make changes to their lives through sport and physical activity. Let’s make 2019 a great year of sport”.
The European City of Sport year will see the opening of the new water park, ‘The Wave’, in the city centre as well as the new 50m pool at the Alan Higgs Centre and the Sports and Wellness Hub at the University of Warwick.
The year will also focus on encouraging more young people – especially those that live in disadvantaged communities – to enjoy sport and lead an active lifestyle and also ties in with Coventry and Warwickshire’s Year of Wellbeing.
Councillor Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, said:
“European City of Sport will bring together a great year of celebration – showcasing the best of what the city already does, attracting sporting events to the city and supporting grass roots sports clubs in communities.
I’d encourage all local sports clubs, cultural and community organisations to get along to the event being held at The Ricoh on the 19 November to see how they can apply for new funding which will help ensure they can play their own part in a special year for Coventry.”
A full programme of activities and events is being developed by all the partners in the city and will be available on the website at www.coventry.gov.uk/cityofsport