Active Bradford is proud to announce the finalists for the inaugural Bradford Sports Awards.

Sponsored by Provident Financial Services, the Bradford Sports Awards will take place at the Bradford Hotel on Thursday 25th February 2016 and will be hosted by leading sports broadcaster Tanya Arnold.

Eighteen awards, across five categories, will recognise the outstanding achievements of teams, individuals and volunteers at every level of sport in Bradford.

Yorkshire and England wicketkeeper batsman Jonny Bairstow is joined by all-rounder teammate Adil Rashid in the Sportsman category following their outstanding years for county and country, alongside former Bradford Bulls Rugby League star John Bateman.

Bradford Bulls and Bradford City are the finalists in the Professional Club/Team category whilst the Sporting Highlight category boasts the infamous Bradford City v Chelsea FA Cup 4th Round victory at Stamford Bridge, the Aegon Ilkley Trophy and the first Mixed Ability Rugby World Tournament.

Bradford Police & College Boxing Academy has been recognised for its incredible production line of talent. Academy students Jade Ashmore (European Youth Bronze Medallist, British Champion), Muhammad ‘Mo’ Ali (World Youth Silver Medallist, Olympic Youth Bronze Medallist, European Youth Gold Medallist) and Mohammed Harris Akbar (Commonwealth Youth Gold Medallist, National Champion) have also all been shortlisted to demonstrate the sheer depth of talent at the academy.

Bradford’s Special Olympics stars are joined by Coral Batey, the only female member of the Great Britain squad to win the European Wheelchair Rugby Championship in the Disability Sportsperson category.

Meanwhile the Young Achievers categories include some of the most talented young athletes in Great Britain, with National, Commonwealth and European Champions represented.

Schools, community clubs, volunteers and coaches who help get people active across the district have also been shortlisted.

Nominations remain open for two categories – Young Disability Sportsperson and the Provident Good Neighbour Award. Nominations can be made online at

Chair of Active Bradford Wayne Jacobs said: “Whilst it comes as no surprise to me that our finalists contain such a vibrant mix of achievers the quality and depth of sporting talent in Bradford really is quite astounding.”

“These Awards were created as a means of recognising the achievements and outstanding contributions of the sporting community of Bradford, and the announcement of the finalists provides a real reflection of the talent nurtured by this city.”

To view the full list of finalists and to grab your tickets for the first ever Bradford Sports Awards go to

Contact Richard Lockwood on for more information.

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