Lucy has publically backed Manchester's bid to become the first City of Football following the petition released by the M.E.N which called upon readers to throw their weight behind the bid.
Whilst both Nottingham and Portsmouth are also contenders, Lucy believes that Manchester is the "obvious choice".
If successful, the city will net £1.6 million in funding to help get more young men and women playing the game.
This funding would be directed towards getting more youths between the ages 14-25 playing the game.
Manchester Central MP, Labour’s Lucy Powell said:
“The enthusiasm for the sport is visible everywhere; we have two major football clubs which are recognised across the world and the fantastic football museum, bringing huge numbers of visitors to our city.
“This bid provides a great opportunity to draw on this fantastic strength and invest in the grassroots.”
“Football is linked with Manchester in many people’s minds and it is the natural choice to become a City of Football.”
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