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FUNDRAISING TARGET SMASHED TO SEND BCDFC TO SPECIAL OLYMPICS

1 June 2020

Seven Bradford City Disability Football Club players and two coaches will represent their county at the upcoming Special Olympics - after a total of £4,485 was raised.

Those selected will compete across five ability levels of Special Olympics football sides for the Yorkshire and Humberside team. 

The games were originally planned to be contested in Liverpool next year though - due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak - have been postponed, with a new date yet to be confirmed.

In normal circumstances, fundraising for the games consists of several events which are unable to be held during lockdown.

This meant fundraising had to be taken exclusively online, with the club still comfortably managing to exceed their initial target of £3,500 - by almost £1,000.

Jaimie Dorward, City's inclusion manager, said: “The response has left the whole club astounded by the generosity of others.

"We are so grateful to everyone for their donations. It has lifted the spirits of players who know funding is now secure for them to go to the games.”

Paul Jubb, manager of the sides, added: “I am blown away by the support. We were expecting little donations but ended up smashing our target.  

"The players have been fed up and bored during lockdown. We held a FIFA tournament and several online activities.

"But, they cannot see their friends at training or go to the games at the weekend. They are all just keen to get back to playing."


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