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Geldards Helps Assemble Nottingham’s City Of Football Squad

Peter Francis, Associate, Geldards LLPA team of locally based lawyers has helped set up a dedicated company to support Nottingham’s City of Football initiatives.

Nottingham was awarded the title of City of Football last year after fighting off tough competition from Manchester and Portsmouth in a three-way final to secure the accolade from Sport England.

Leading law firm Geldards has since provided the City of Football team with pro-bono legal advice on the set up of a new company - which will manage the £1.6 million of National Lottery funding that Nottingham has been awarded.

Peter Francis, an Associate in Geldards’ corporate team, explained: “From a legal perspective, this has been a great project to have been involved with. Working as part of our specialist Charities team, we’ve advised the City of Football partnership on a broad range of legal issues, affecting company structure, member/director responsibilities and particular governance and regulatory matters.”

As the first English City of Football, Nottingham will become a test-bed for developing innovative ways to ensure more people play the game and share best practice across the country. The Lottery funding will help to ensure that everyone who wants to play football has the opportunity to do so.

The city’s footballing initiatives will be led by a broad consortium of high-profile organisations from across the city’s digital, technology and creative industries, as well as its business, voluntary, community and football sectors.

Peter, who will become company secretary for Nottingham City of Football, added: “As a football fan myself this has been an exciting project to be involved with and we are really looking forward to seeing the immediate benefits it will bring to the city, not to mention the long-term boost it promises for English football.”

Jeff Moore, newly appointed Chair of Nottingham City of Football, said “We are very grateful to the team at Geldards for their invaluable help and support for Nottingham City of Football. This is an exciting project for the city and their contribution helps us to move forward in our aim to get more people in the city taking part in football”

Youngsters playing football in Nottingham's Old Market Square