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Liverpool FC legends get behind Manchester's 'City of Football' bid

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Communities

Liverpool FC legends get behind Manchester's 'City of Football' bid Liverpool FC legends get behind Manchester's 'City of Football' bid

Liverpool legends Dietmar Hamann and Kevin Keegan are backing Manchester's bid to become the UK's first City of Football.

The famous pair, who both made their names at Anfield but also enjoyed spells at Manchester City, have joined Andy Cole, Bryan Robson and former Coronation Street favourite Michelle Keegan in backing the city's bid.

If successful, Manchester will receive £1.6 million-worth of National Lottery funding to run a two-year pilot programme aimed at getting more people – particularly those aged 14-25 years – playing all forms of the game.

Manchester's bid for 'City of Football' status already has support from the National Football Museum, both Manchester City Football Club and Manchester United Football Club as well as schools, colleges and universities.

The city council is currently calling on local residents to get behind the bid and submit their views on how football can help transform lives.

Hundreds of questionnaires have already been completed, especially by young people, but there’s still time for the public to have their say.

Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture and leisure, said: "Manchester is a city that has a historic, unrivalled love of football and is recognised across the world as a capital of the game.

"A successful City of Football bid would help us get even more people in Manchester involved with the sport, which is not only fun but has very real health and social benefits too.

"That’s why I’d encourage everyone to help us create the strongest possible City of Football bid by sharing their thoughts and opinions with us."

People can also show their support by following the official Back our Bid twitter account, @Manchester_COF, which has already attracted thousands of followers. Alternatively the City of Football bid can be followed at www.facebook.com/ManchesterCOF

The bid is being developed by the Manchester Football Consortium, a group of organisations being lead by Manchester City Council and including local and national football partners, and organisations from sectors including: marketing, PR, transport, media, culture, music, sport, business, digital, and education.

Manchester is vying for the title against Nottingham and Portsmouth, after a shortlist was drawn up from a list of 22 cities that applied.

The successful city will be announced the week beginning 22nd September.

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