Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club has been honored with the city’s most prestigious accolade for its remarkable contributions to the city.
In a unanimous decision, councillors agreed to bestow the Freedom of the City upon the club during a special council session held on Tuesday, November 28, 2023.
This ceremonial distinction is in recognition of the club’s significant sporting achievements as well as its exceptional efforts in benefiting the city.
During the council meeting, numerous councillors expressed their appreciation, sharing fond memories, gratitude, and personal stories about the impact of the local football club. Additionally, they praised the Albion’s sporting triumphs and emphasized the club’s numerous contributions to community and charitable causes in the city.
Councillor Bella Sankey, Leader of the Council, said:
“Brighton & Hove Albion Football club has a long history serving the city and people of Brighton & Hove, bringing us joy and inspiration.
“As a Brightonian and life-long fan, I’ve watched with delight as the Seagulls have soared to success over the past few years.
“And as the Leader of the Council, I’m proud of how the club’s success has also boosted the profile of Brighton & Hove off the pitch.
“Their contribution to the local economy is incredible and they are one of the city’s largest employers.
“Despite a well-earned and growing global profile, the club continues to show its commitment to grassroots sports and inclusivity within our local communities.
“I’m pleased that we can show our civic support with the Freedom of the City award and let the club know that the whole city is behind them, now and as they continue to thrive and grow.”
Chairman Tony Bloom said: “The Freedom of the City award is a great honour for us, and it’s wonderful to know that we have the support of the whole of the magnificent community in Brighton and Hove behind us.
“Our achievements, particularly in the last few years, have helped promote the club and the city across the world and this is something we are very proud of.”
Captain Lewis Dunk added: “As someone who is Brighton born and bred it is always an honour to lead the team out in every game, at home and now in Europe. Brighton and Hove is a special place and we’re grateful for the support of everyone in the city and we’re proud to represent them.”
The Freedom of the City is a ceremonial title given to individuals or organisations in recognition of exceptional service to the city. To be conferred, it must be passed by no less that two-thirds of voting members at the special council meeting.