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Nella giornata dei festeggiamenti del 159° anno di vita lo Sheffield FC, il club di calcio in attività più antico del Mondo(storia del club), presenta ufficialmente la richiesta al Governo UK di sostenere il riconoscimento dell'area dell'Olive Grove, primo campo in cui ha giocato la storica società inglese, come Patrimonio dell'Umanità UNESCO(UNESCO World Cultural Heritage).

La richiesta formale è stata presentata dalla Sheffield FC Foundation nell'ambito delle attività della campagna “The Home of Football” #backtotheroots lanciata lo scorso anno(qui dettagli e Video) per la tutela dell'eredità storica del club, fondato il 24 ottobre del 1857, e del progetto di riportare la società a giocare nel campo che ha ospitato i primi match dei Pionieri del calcio.

La campagna di crowdfunding ha finora raccolto oltre 150.000 sterline(qui dettagli) e ricevuto il sostegno da più di 2.000 donatori, compresi diversi club professionistici da tutto il Mondo(qui Sheffield FC, anche il Genoa a sostegno della campagna “The Home of Football”).

L'annuncio da sheffieldfc.com

THE WORLD'S FIRST FOOTBALL CLUB BIDS FOR UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE STATUS

Football history is once again being made by English amateur club Sheffield FC, who alongside turning 159 years old on October 24th are officially announcing their application for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status for their original ground and first playing field in 1857 as The World’s First Football Club.

This first of its kind bid in football’s history by Sheffield FC for world cultural recognition is not only a celebration for the club but also for world football as the Sheffield FC Foundation aim to protect the game’s roots through internationally recognising where football kicked off on the field of Olive Grove with Sheffield FC on October 24th 1857.

Starting in 2015 the Sheffield FC Foundation started a global crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the club’s move back to Olive Grove. With the support and donations of more than 2,000 football fans from more than 60 countries, more than 50 football clubs from Champions League level down to grassroots, with the help of local sponsors, supporting companies and international governing bodies, Sheffield FC has been able to raise the equivalent of 150.000 GBP through both monetary donations and services to the club. The application therefore comes in good timing in encouraging governing organisations to increase their attention on the protection and progression of the heritage of the game and the manifest of grassroots football.

Addressed to Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in the UK government, the application has been delivered alongside a Sheffield FC honorary membership certificate addressed to the “UK Government”. This historic move by The World’s First Football Club now officially labels the “UK Government” as a “Future Protector of Football” and it is hoped that this will encourage the government to take a bigger role in not only protecting football’s roots and culture but also helping modern day grassroots football to build a globally relevant destination and home for football fans all over the world.

The Sheffield FC World Cultural Heritage is officially supported and conducted by Jung von Matt/sports, the International Football Agency of The World’s First Football Club. Clubs, legends and football communities worldwide are also being invited by Sheffield FC to show their support for the application and the protection of football’s original roots through our continuous mission to move back home.

Sheffield FC Chairman Richard Tims was particularly excited about the application stating “This isn’t just an application from Sheffield FC but from fans, clubs and everyone in World Football. The UNESCO World Heritage will add value and respect globally to the "Home of Football" project through protecting and recognising Olive Grove as the site where football and The World’s First Football Club were first founded in 1857. We are now waiting for feedback from Karen Bradley and the UK government in how they will help us to protect the roots of football and create a cultural home for the game in the UK”. 

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