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All for youth

Football, politics and charity join forces at Nottingham Forest in the Community launch.

Labour leader Ed Miliband and European Cup winner John McGovern together cut the ribbon today in launch of a new Nottinghamshire community charity. Its programmes will engage 150,000 young people throughout the county in a range of physical and learning activities.

Nottingham Forest in the Community - the football club's eponymous charitable trust - unites local businesses, health providers and education centres under a single, social initiative at a time when public sector services are being squeezed across the national and local level. Its schemes will range from improving sport participation rates amongst disabled people to educating the long-term unemployed and supporting them back into work.

At The City Ground, Miliband opened the "Champions Centre" , the charity's new home for youth teaching and training. Alongside him, Forest's former captain under Brian Clough, John McGovern, said:

It is a real honour to have the education centre named after the teams I captained to European glory. Those triumphs were a great achievement and I hope our efforts will help inspire the thousands of people who will have access to a fantastic facility here at the City Ground to go on and achieve their own goals.