Football Association Chairman Greg Dyke was welcomed to the City of Football this week as part of a fact finding mission for the FA. Or i’d ask them what a writer’s goals might have been and then ask them what techniques they used to writing a research essay accomplish those goals.

Dyke was a special guest of the Nottingham City of Football project and visited the new Forest Sports Zone at the Forest Recreation Ground on Gregory Boulevard.

Nottingham was crowned England’s City of Football by Sport England and has received £1. 6million of National Lottery funding to increase participation in football across the city.

Representatives of the project discussed the current learnings from the initiative and outlined plans ahead for the year of football activity in 2016.

Amanda Chambers, Managing Director of the City of Football project, commented; “We are delighted to welcome Greg Dyke and The FA to Nottingham and view this as an important step for the City of Football.

“There have been huge strides made in engaging with communities and individuals who haven’t been involved in football activities in the past and as an experimental Sport England project it is vital that we share this information and learn from each other. ”

Greg Dyke, added; “The FA have been working closely with the Nottingham City of Football Project and I have been keen to come and find out more about what is happening on the ground.

“Facilities like the Forest Sports Zone are at the very heart of what is required across the nation and Nottingham is a standard bearer for helping change the way we increase participation in our wonderful game. ”

The presentation included a focus on the workforce strategy being implemented across Nottingham to increase the number of coaches in the area – particularly in areas such as the South Asian and refugee communities.

Nottingham City of Football also showcased their Game Changers project and explained how they were using non-traditional sports events and a digital campaign to engage with a new football audience.

Key challenges to be met include raising the levels of participation in football in Nottingham promoting the cultural, social, health and educational benefits of football, supporting diversity among those playing football, and creating new initiatives, which can be replicated across other regions in the country.

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