Wednesday 5 August

VisitEngland, the country’s national tourist board has launched a quest to find the country’s top sporting destination and it’s up to the public to cast their votes.

VisitEngland’s Chief Executive, James Berresford, says: “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 – Henley Royal Regatta and the Americas Cup, to name just two – England’s sporting heritage is something that truly sets us apart from other destinations. Additionally, our green and pleasant land provides jaw-dropping backdrops to a whole host of popular pursuits, from hiking and running to abseiling and coasteering, making the search literally country-wide.”

Councillor Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Sport and Physical Activity, said: “It would be great to put Essex on the map and I think our recently launched Hadleigh Park certainly has all the criteria to win. It’s such a unique venue, visitors can experience the very mountain bike trail used to test the best athletes in the world at the 2012 Olympics. The idyllic countryside provides the magnificent back drop they are looking for. I would urge all Essex people to get nominating.”

Help decide the jewel in England’s sporting crown by simply uploading a picture of your own home of sport to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #HomeOfSport and #HadleighPark . Use a snappy (you’ve only got 140 characters, remember!) sentence on where you are, and why it’s the best sporting destination in England.

Approved nominations will appear on a national sports wall at and will be entered into a prize draw to win a selection of sporting experiences. If possible include a related sport fact or a claim to fame.

Entries close at midnight on 31 August 2015, after which an expert panel will work through the nominations to establish a shortlist of sporting hubs. The shortlist will open to public vote on 16 September, with the destination that receives the highest number of votes announced as England’s Home of Sport on 23 October. Criteria for the winning destination will include: breadth of sporting experiences, diverse and beautiful backdrops and interesting sports trivia or claims to fame.

Nominate #HadleighPark as the England’s #HomeOfSport
Upload your image to Instagram or Twitter using #HomeOfSport and #HadleighPark or visit


Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July - British Cycling National Championships Due to the event taking place this weekend, there will be no access to the Red, Blue and Black trails over the whole weekend - For more information check out our Facebook page