Bradford Park Avenue play host to a Pakistan International XI at their Horsfall Stadium on Sunday 7th July (2pm kick-off) with funds raised going towards the White Ribbon Campaign, an international charity that speaks out against domestic violence against women.
The match is being organised by Stradbrokes Solicitors in partnership with Sporting Change, an organisation co-founded by Ikram Butt, Sporting Ambassador for the White Ribbon Campaign, and one of the most inspirational role models in the country with the aim of promoting peace, tolerance and building bridges between communities.
Ikram explained: “This represents a fantastic opportunity to bring the various communities of Bradford and its surrounding areas together at one event and we hope to build positive and lasting bridges between people of all faiths and backgrounds.” ‘’Qamar Ayaz, the owner of Stardbrokes Solicitors, grew up in Bradford and is very passionate about sport. I have worked closely with Qamar over the last 9 months and he shares our vision to promote sport & physical activity to assist the local and wider community and provide opportunities to identify, nurture and support talented individuals.
“Recent events have seemed to drive a wedge between the Muslim community and the white British population but occasions such as this will show that we have so much more in common than what separates us.
Stradbrokes are also the principle sponsors of the event along with Bradford, Leeds and Manchester based Lahore cafe bar brand and Malik Halls. The Pakistan XI will feature a host of current and past internationals including former Park Avenue player, Adnan Ahmed.
A host of personalities will be in attendance at the event including former Sports Minister, Gerry Sutcliffe MP, and Shahid Azeem, an award winning British Pakistani entrepreneur. Shahid also created history by becoming the first British Pakistani to break into mainstream professional football.
“A percentage of all ticket sales will go to the White Ribbon Campaign and we hope that this worthy cause, that campaigns against violence against women, will benefit handsomely from the event. It’s a fact that violence against women increases when sporting events take place so we are tackling this issue head on.
“There are more footballers of Pakistani origin making the breakthrough into the professional game and this match will serve to showcase some of the talent that’s currently playing its trade in major national leagues across Europe.
“We hope to encourage people from all sections of the communities to turn up in their numbers to witness what promises to be a fascinating contest and an ideal preparation for Bradford Park Avenue’s 2013-14 season,” added Ikram.”
Club director Kevin Hainsworth.said “Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC are delighted to announce a pre season friendly against a Pakistan team full of current and ex internationals.”
“It promises to be a very exciting game between 2 good teams who always try to play good attractive football.”
“It is also nice to welcome 2 of our former players, Amjad Iqbal and Adnam Ahmed, back to Horsfall.”
“We look forward to welcome a large crowd with a great atmosphere and a very entertaining game and as a donation will be made to the White Ribbon Campaign, a very good cause will benefit. “
Chris Green, Director of the White Ribbon Campaign, said “We are delighted to benefit from this game being played so near our national base in West Yorkshire. Violence against Women affects 1 in 4 women, and 750,000 children each year are witnesses to such violence. It will only cease when men speak out against it, and to have such a local involvement in our work is inspiring. We have already supported the development of White Ribbon Campaign’s work in Pakistan, so reinforcing this link with our work is very welcome.”
For more details or to purchase tickets (priced at £8 for adults / £4 concessions / under 16s free entry) please contact Ikram Butt on 079583 29027 / Kevin Hainsworth on Kevin@kevworth.fsnet.co.uk or visit www.mylahore.co.uk