Freedom of the Borough proposed for Leicester City FC

Charnwood Borough Council is proposing to grant FA Cup-winning Leicester City FC the Freedom of the Borough.


The honour, the highest the Council can bestow, would recognise the club’s incredible success in recent years and its connection to Charnwood.


The 2016 Premier League champions opened a £100 million training facility in the borough in 2020 at Seagrave and title-winning Leicester City Women FC are also based locally, playing home matches in Quorn.  


The proposal will be considered by councillors on Monday 21st June and if approved, an extraordinary meeting of the Council will be held in September.


Council leader Jonathan Morgan said: “Charnwood has a strong connection to Leicester City Football Club thanks to the training ground and it is also home to the women’s team. We feel their success in recent years should be recognised.


“We are proud to have the club in our borough and we are proud of their achievements.


“We hope awarding them Freedom of the Borough will be another title that they can add to their growing roll of honour.”


The Local Government Act 1972 allows the Council to confer the title of Honorary Freeman on “persons who have, in the opinion of the Council have rendered eminent services to the Borough”.


The Council, on rare occasions, may choose to confer the Freedom of the Borough on organisations or objects where they are organisations linked to the borough which have rendered eminent services to the Borough.


There must be a resolution passed by not less than two-thirds of the members present at a meeting of the Council specially convened for the purpose of granting the Freedom of the Borough. 


Decisions to agree nominations will be made at a specially convened Full Council meeting for this purpose by a vote of not less than two-thirds of the members present and voting


Freedom of the Borough is the highest honour which will only be awarded in exceptional circumstances where the prospective recipient is an individual or organisation of distinction that has rendered eminent services to the borough.


They will have demonstrated outstanding achievements in the borough and/or on the international stage which have brought pride and satisfaction to the borough.


The report to Council can be read here: