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Jeff Moore Named City Of Football Chairman

Tue 16th Jun 2015 | Football Governance

New Nottingham City of Football chairman Jeff Moore is predicting an ‘historic’ two years for football participation levels in the city.

Nottingham was crowned England’s City of Football by Sport England and will receive £1.6million of National Lottery funding over the next two years.

Moore, former Chief Executive of EMDA for seven years and ex-chairman of Notts County Football Club, will chair the organisation tasked with delivering a raft of footballing initiatives in the community.

Born and bred in Nottingham and a keen parks footballer for many years, Moore, will use his vast sporting and business experience gleaned from a career spanning four decades in the region.

Key challenges to be met include raising the levels of participation in football in Nottingham by 25 per cent, 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.

“Our aim is to unleash the power of football across a wider and more expansive community of Nottingham than has ever been seen before,” said Moore.

“Football is more than just a sport.  It can empower people in so many ways.  It’s not simply about promoting a healthier lifestyle – although in the modern world that is incredibly important.

“Football can teach us social skills, leadership skills, give us more self-confidence, character, resilience and promote self-awareness.

“Of course, there is a focus on the young people of our city but our approach will be that football truly is for everyone.

“One of the key challenges we have been set by Sport England is to encourage more people from all ages and all ethnic backgrounds to play football – not necessarily taking part in organised 11-a-side football but simply enjoying a kick around in a local park, or with friends and family.”

Find your football at http://www.city-of-football.uk 

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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