Milton Keynes has won its bid to be a named European City of Sport for 2020 (up to 300,000 population).

Mayor Sam Crooks says “I am very pleased to announce that we have indeed been named as a European City of Sport for 2020 by ACES Europe,” said the mayor. “It is a non profit association promoting sport as a way of improving people’s quality of life.

“What hope that this will help unlock new opportunities.”

The European Cities and Capitals of Sport Federation (ACES Europe) champions the use of sport to improve people’s quality of life, physical and mental wellbeing.

MK won the title after hosting a visit by delegates and was praised for its sporting provision, partnership approach and about how forward-thinking and innovative Milton Keynes is. They plan to raise awareness of the vast array of existing sports and activity in MK.

A year of events will be kicked off to put sport in the spotlight and build-up for the UEFA Women’s Euro’s Football tournament in 2021.