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Bradford City FC Community Foundation launch new projects for fans, supported by the Premier League

Bradford City FC Community Foundation is launching two new projects, supported by the Premier League Fans Fund. 


The Premier League Fans Fund provides grants to support football clubs at all levels of the game to strengthen connections between them, their fans, and local communities. 


The fund supports a range of fan-focused and fan-led projects, helping to foster a sense of belonging through meaningful engagement. This includes schemes for under-represented groups, to further develop an inclusive and welcoming matchday experience for everyone.


A dedicated walking football and our new Bradford City AFC Fan Zone will use the reach and appeal of Bradford City AFC to provide inclusive footballing activity and exercise, and a dedicated, family-friendly aspect of fans’ match day experience respectively.



The walking football group, which has been running for the past two years under the leadership of Andrew Eastell, will now be rebranded as part of an official partnership between the group, the Foundation and the Club.


The Premier League Fans Fund will support walking football sessions at BEAP Community Partnership.


The new Fan Zone will launch ahead of BCAFC's 2024/25 season, opening its doors for their home friendly on Tuesday 30th July.


Both provisions will be hosted at the BEAP Community Partnership centre, which is located right next to Bradford City AFC’s iconic University of Bradford Stadium, and is accessible from both Cornwall Road and Midland Road.


Bradford City FC Community Foundation CEO and former Bantam, Ian Ormondroyd, said: “We are delighted to receive support from the Premier League Fans Fund, which we have invested into our community provisions. Walking football is a fantastic way for people of all ages to keep fit and socialise, whilst the new Fan Zone will allow us to improve and facilitate the Club’s match day experience by driving a dedicated family experience.”


Open to 120 professional football club community organisations in the Premier League, English Football League, National League, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship, the Premier League Fans Fund builds on the Premier League and clubs’ commitment to ensuring long-term engagement with supporters. 


Premier League Director of Community, Nick Perchard, said: “Fans are the lifeblood of football and their commitment to, and involvement with, their local club is essential to the continued success of the game at every level. 


“Through the Premier League Fans Fund we are investing in projects that will enhance connections between clubs and fans, whilst also delivering even more community impact. By supporting clubs across England and Wales, from both the men’s and women’s game, to develop projects that respond directly to the needs of their fans, we can help to ensure that football offers a fantastic experience for everyone.”


Premier League funding supports projects that respond to local need, and which aim to improve the match day environment for fans and/or residents, address fan behaviour, and community impact such as the cost-of-living crisis, build upon a club's heritage and engage and support underrepresented fan groups (disability, ethnicity, LGBTQ+, women and girls).


Delivery is often themed around tackling inequalities to create community cohesion, covering areas like equality, diversity, and inclusion, mental health and wellbeing, physical health and wellbeing, providing education and training opportunities, supporting employability, and/or sustainability. 


Funding is flexible to empower professional football clubs, and their community organisations, to develop fan-focused and fan-led projects that respond directly to the needs of their local community.


The Premier League Fans Fund is administered through the Premier League Charitable Fund. 


To find out more about the Premier League Fans Fund, please visit www.premierleague.com/plcf 

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