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Black and minority ethnic communities encouraged to become Bradford City fans in new project

AROUND 30 people from different organisations around Bradford took part in Bradford City’s Community Foundation project which launched yesterday.

The project has been granted £34,000 to attract more ethnic minority supporters.

One City – Building a Stronger Britain Together aims to encourage more members of the black and minority ethnic (BME) communities to become Bantams fans.

The cash for the project has been granted by the Home Office’s Building A Stronger Britain Fund.

It will run for a year from next month and will look to start Bradford City supporters’ clubs for different ethnic minorities in the district.

“It was a really super day,” said event organiser Paula Helliwell.

“We hope it will encourage people to come along to matches and show them there is somewhere in Bradford where everyone is welcome.”

The project starts in January and there is an open day planned for December 19 in the new development centre at Grange Interlink.

The project will hold a number of events throughout the year and bonding sessions with these supporters at matchdays at City home games.

The cash will also be spent on a development centre, run by the foundation, to tap into young footballing talent from ethnic minority groups in the district.

The campaign will invite supporters from different ethnic groups to attend each of the club’s home games between January and April next year and then the start of the 2018/19 season, while the project continues.

One City will work alongside, and build upon the success of, the Bangla Bantams, a supporters’ group set up in February 2015 to promote and encourage participation by the South Asian community in grassroots football in the district.

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