Cox Bank Publishing's first major city project is Sporting Stories: Stoke-on-Trent.

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Working in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent’s City of Sport team we’re collecting writing about sport across the city and publishing the best of it online - and in a celebratory book for 2016, in 2017 and a third book for 2018.

2016 was the first year of the project and we published the 2016 Sporting Stories book at the start of 2017 - you can buy it from our webstore or it's on Amazon and in Waterstones too, as well as a range of other outlets in the local area.

You can see all the contributions so far here but make sure you buy the book as well - it's all in a good cause...

  Sporting Stories  contributors Marvin Molloy and his daughter Maddison Taia hard at work...

Sporting Stories contributors Marvin Molloy and his daughter Maddison Taia hard at work...

For 2017 we want people to write about what sport means to you, by describing a race, a match, a sporting memory.  In your own words and in your own style. If you were inspired to do something as part of the 2016 year of sport in Stoke-on-Trent we'd especially love to hear from you.

All we ask is that it is your own original writing and that there is a Stoke-on-Trent connection.

We are particularly interested in contributions from:

  • Active amateur sports people
  • Amateur sports clubs
  • People who have improved their health and well-being through sport or physical activity
  • Older people’s sporting memories
  • Anyone else who enjoys sport!

We will publish the best stories on the website and each year the very best will be selected by a panel for inclusion in a book to be published annually as a celebration of sport across Stoke-on-Trent.

Proceeds of the sales from the book will go to support future sport and literacy projects in the city of Stoke-on-Trent and to support relevant local charities.


Our charity for 2016 was the Sir Stanley Matthews Coaching Foundation.


Need some help before writing your story?

There’s plenty of help in our Help and Guidance section and we will be running workshops on writing on a regular basis through the year.  But there is no right or wrong style – we’d love to hear your ‘voice’ through your own writing style.

If you're stuck, then try reading some of the stories here - and have a look at Phil Hodgson's account of a hill race, it's a great example of a short and entertaining piece of sports writing.


Are you ready to submit your sporting story?

Fantastic!  Then submit below. Remember to read the Stoke on Trent Sporting Stories submission criteria first.

We also have a photo competition and would love you to add a photo to your story.

Name *
Also include your website address, facebook page or twitter handle, so we can help promote your organisation alongside your story
(And/ or the location of your sporting activity)
By submitting your story you are consenting to publication and agreeing to the Stoke on Trent Sporting Stories terms and conditions