Bradford Schools 5v5 Football Festival

One of the biggest school football festivals in the country takes place this week as almost a thousand youngsters from across the district take to the field at Keighley’s Marley Activities and Coaching Centre.

The Bradford Schools 5 v 5 Football Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year at the start of a big week for football in the district, with Bradford City preparing for the League One Play-Off Final on Saturday.

120 teams of boys and girls between the ages of 8 – 14, from across the district, will take part in the festival across 3 days from 15 – 17 May. The schedule is as follows;

Monday 15 May: U9 Boys & U9 Girls

Tuesday 16 May: U11 Boys

Wednesday 17 May: U11, U12 & U14 Girls

The event, organised by Bradford Council’s Sport & Culture Service is for the first time supported by Bradford based Square Apple Café.

Bradford Council’s assistant director of sport and culture Phil Barker said: “Primary and secondary school pupils from all over the district will be taking part in this 5-a-side festival and I hope friends and relatives will go along and give them some support.

“It is important that young people are provided with enjoyable opportunities to take part in physical activity and sport.

“It is a big sporting week with Bradford City going for promotion on Saturday in the League One Play-Off final against Millwall. We hope everyone at the 5-a-side festival can take inspiration from the Bantams and give it their all.”

The winners and runners-up in each of the six age group competitions will receive a football and commemorative t-shirt rather than a medal or trophy. This is to encourage ongoing participation. Every participant at the event will also receive an attendance certificate.


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