By Matthew Kermode
Bradford City AFC Women are delighted to announce a new partnership with city neighbours Bradford Park Avenue.
This exciting new collaboration will provide a wider development pathway for Bradford’s female footballers, with the opportunity to gain valuable experience through dual registrations and loan arrangements. February 27th will see the start of City Women playing their home games at the Horsfall Community Stadium as they host Norton & Stockton Ancients in the FA Women’s National League Division One North.
Bradford City AFC Women’s Chairman Qasim Akhtar is delighted with the move and understands the importance it has to continue the progression of the club, both on and off the field. “Bradford Park Avenue is a massive part of the sporting community in Bradford and I’m thrilled with today's announcement. There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes at Bradford City AFC Women for us to continue the development of the club, and moving to the Horsfall Stadium - one of the best stadiums in the city - undoubtedly helps us to do this.
“The partnership between the two clubs extends beyond the use of the ground, and I’m really excited to announce the continued growth of women’s football in Bradford in due course.”
“I’d also like to place on record our thanks to Eccleshill United Football Club. Sally, Adrian, Nick, Liam, Pam and the rest of the team up there have been absolutely amazing for a number of years. Their service to Bradford City AFC Women, for a number of years, has been immense, and I wish Eccleshill United and everyone associated with the club all the best with the rest of their season and moving forward.
City manager Chris Hames is looking forward to this new move. He said: “It’s a great opportunity for us now, but more importantly the development and progression of this club going forward.
“Horsfall is an historic ground that in recent years has undergone great development to become one of the primary facilities in the region, let alone Bradford. That mirrors our ambition, we want to reflect off the pitch the same ambitions we have on it, and take this club onwards.
“I’m looking forward to setting up a base here, creating a following here, and commencing this new chapter in the club’s progression”.
Bradford Park Avenue’s Operations Manager Calum Cullen has been instrumental in facilitating the move, and recognises the importance of the new connection: “We are absolutely delighted to partner up with Bradford City AFC Women. They are a fantastic club and the partnership will help both clubs progress in the future”.
City will be running a “pay what you want” scheme for the Norton & Stockton match, which will also see the final opportunity to buy tickets for the club’s fundraising raffle with the first prize being a signed City Women’s shirt.
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