European City of Sport plans outlined

Plans gave been made to ensure Stoke-on-Trent’s year as a European City of Sport in 2016 raises the profile of the area both nationwide and worldwide.

Stoke-on-Trent was awarded the title of a European City of Sport by the Brussels-based Association of European Capitals and Cities of Sport (ACES Europe).

Research into previous European Cities of Sport has shown benefits of the award include major economic impact and increased tourism.

The city council has set aside £3.5m to deliver the project. Discussions are taking place to see which sport events and conferences could be held in the city throughout 2016.

Supporters of the bid for the award included Stoke City and Port Vale football clubs, Staffordshire University, and the YMCA North Staffordshire.

Gian Lupattelli, president and founder of ACES Europe, said: “We have been extremely impressed to date with Stoke-on-Trent’s passion and commitment to physical activity, sport and health and the city’s aspirations for their year as European City of Sport.”

Councillor Abi Brown, deputy leader of the city council, said: “Being a European City of Sport for 2016 will provide so many opportunities for the whole of Stoke-on-trent.”

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