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It’s been a fantastic season both on and off the field for Bradford City. On the field, City were narrowly edged out in the Play Off final at Wembley by Millwall in a 1-0 defeat.

However, off the field with Provident’s help the club have been making a real difference in the city of Bradford through the #BantamsCommunity programme.

Fundraising help for lots of great causes

With Provident’s support, City have issued almost 500 tickets that benefited a number of different community groups and organisations.

One of those is Canterbury Imagine, a book gifting charity initiative. Canterbury Imagine ensures that children in the Midland Road area of Bradford receive a free, quality, age-appropriate book through the post every month from birth until their 5th birthday.

Jan Winter from the charity comments “The tickets made a brilliant raffle prize for a fundraiser. Our book-gifting and literacy charity funds a free book every month for under-5s in the Midland Road area. The money raised from the tickets will pay for books for five children for a year, thanks to the Bantams Community programme”

Bingley Congs Cricket Club utilised #BantamsCommunity, as Graeme Love from Congs highlights, “the #BantamsCommunity Tickets were used as one of the raffle prizes on our annual race night, and they played a part in helping us raise over £1,200 for our cricket club. We are incredibly grateful to Bradford City and Provident for making this generous donation.”

Amongst others, #BantamsCommunity also helped Sir Titus Salt School, working with Sandy Docherty from the Great British Bake Off, raise money for Help for Heroes during the School’s Annual Bake Off.

Sandy comments on the impact the tickets had on the pupils “The competition was close with some fabulous cakes being produced.  Bradford City kindly offered four tickets as part of #BantamsCommunity for the two winning students, so they can be accompanied by a family member. The sense of community was fabulous as the all the students who took part were City fans. As for me, it’s one of the main things that I’m so very proud of after GBBO 2015 bringing together a national community and for me and Bradford City have always supported what I do and I hope we can do so much more together.”

Growing Provident’s support for local communities

As a Bradford business since 1880, Provident supports local communities in the city through its sponsorship programme.  “It’s difficult for football clubs to grant every request they receive for tickets so we thought it would be a great idea for Provident to support local charities, schools and community groups through the #BantamsCommunity scheme” said Paul Mitchell, Sponsorship Manager at Provident.

“Using the tickets that we get as part of our sponsorship of the club in this way builds on our community programme, Good Neighbour, and helps numerous fantastic good causes achieve their objectives.”

Other groups and causes which have benfited from the scheme include junior and community football clubs, schools, a defibrilator appeal, and some fantastic charities funding health care and research.

If you know any group or individual in Bradford who would benefit from #BantamsCommunity and the opportunity to come to attend a game at the Northern Commercials Stadium, then please contact the Club through Twitter, @OfficialBantams using the hash tag #BantamsCommunity.

Alternatively, please email commercial@bradfordcityfc.co.uk.