Sport England will still work with Portsmouth despite city losing bid, says MP

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt
Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt
The 58-year-old was last seen in the Tipner area of Portsmouth on the morning of Monday, January 15.

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PORTSMOUTH North MP Penny Mordaunt said Sport England will still be working with the city, despite it losing out in a bid to become the first City of Football.

Sport England revealed Portsmouth had missed out early this morning when Nottingham was announced as the city to receive £1.6m to get more people playing football.

It comes just a week after officials visited Portsmouth to judge its bid.

Ms Mordaunt said: ‘For our city and our club to be recognised as the top three city in the land is none too shabby.

‘It’s disappointing that we didn’t the top prize.

‘But I’ve had a conversation with Sport England early this morning.

‘They were extremely impressed by our passion and commitment that the whole city had shown.

‘They’ere going to be doing some work with us which includes funding.’

Clare Martin, chief executive at Pompey in the Community, said she was disappointed and shocked at the news.

Sport England said both Portsmouth and the other finalist Manchester showed an ability to change behaviour and work with people to increase the number of people playing football.

It added that Nottingham won after showing it worked with the private, public and voluntary sector to focus on people aged between 14 and 25. The east midlands city also worked with its creative quarter.