The National Football Museum is the leading football museum in the world, holding the world’s finest collection of football artefacts, including the FIFA Collection.
The National Football Museum first opened to the public in Preston in February 2001. The capital cost of the creation of the Museum was £15 million, with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) providing £9.3 million and the North West Regional Development Agency (NWDA) £2.6 million. Other major contributors included the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) and the Football Trust.
Thanks to funding from the Football Foundation and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Museum was able to offer free access to all from 2003 and welcomed over 100,000 visitors each year.
NFM has entered into an exciting new partnership with Manchester City Council. This partnership guarantees the long term future of the National Football Museum in the North West and a world-class new public face of the Museum opened in Manchester in July 2012. This major new visitor attraction for the City of Manchester and the region has opened up the collection to a much wider audience, with over 450,000 visits in the first 12 months. NFM’s Preston site continues to operate as the collection storage and research facility.
Manchester City Council is providing revenue funding of £2 million p.a. for a minimum ten-year period and has also underwritten the £8.5 million capital funding required to create the National Football Museum at Urbis. Just under £4 million of the capital costs has been secured from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The Museum is a registered charity, governed by a board of independent trustees. The Board comprises a chair and trustees drawn from the museums and heritage sector, the football bodies, the business community and key stakeholders. Under the partnership agreement with Manchester City Council, the Council has nomination rights for three trustees.
The President of the Museum is Sir Bobby Charlton.
The Vice Presidents are Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Trevor Brooking. Mark Lawrenson is Special Ambassador.
With a strong commercial focus the Museum aims to engage the business and commercial sector by becoming a premier location for corporate events and to raise further income through sponsorship, fundraising and donations. To play a part in our future please see Support Us.