Help make an equestrian venue the UK’s top sporting destination

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  • Where’s your favourite equestrian destination?

    Cheltenham, Aintree, Fakenham and Windsor racecourses, Bolesworth and the Adlestrop Experience are among the equestrian nominations in VisitEngland’s quest to find England’s top sporting destination.

    The public are being asked to submit an image of their favourite sporting event, destination or venue for the competition launched earlier this month (10 June).

    Over 200 nominations were received in the first week ranging from a scenic marathon stretch in Kielder to globally renowned stadia capable of holding thousands of fans.

    “As the birthplace of rugby, football, cricket, punting and the modern Olympic Games, the home of iconic venues such as Old Trafford, Wimbledon and Aintree, and the host to world-class sporting events, England’s sporting heritage is something that truly sets us apart from other destinations,” said VisitEngland’s chief executive James Berresford.

    Sporting claims to fame unveiled by the campaign so far include the Bristol invention of the bungee jump and the creation of the Football League in Birmingham in the 19th-century.

    Nominations can be made by uploading a picture to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag +HomeOfSport.

    The pictures should accompanied by a snappy sentence of no more than 140 characters on where you are and why it’s the best sporting destination in England.

    Approved nominations will appear on a national sports wall at www.englandhomeofsport.com will be entered into a prize draw to win a selection of sporting experiences.

    Entries must be made by 31 August and afterwards will be whittled down to a shortlist of destinations by an expert panel (yet to be confirmed).

    The criteria for the winning destination includes breadth of sporting experiences, diverse and beautiful backdrops and interesting sports trivia or claims to fame.

    The shortlist will open to public vote on 16 September.

    The destination that receives the highest number of votes will be announced as England’s Home of Sport on 23 October.

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