Local MPS warm up for the big game and raise funds for White Ribbon

Supporters arriving early for next Sunday’s (7th July 2pm kick-off) historic encounter between Bradford Park Avenue and the Pakistan national team at the Horsfall Stadium will get the chance to witness the official MPs XI taking on a team comprised of staff from the Parkinson Lane Primary School in Halifax (12pm kick-off).

Funds raised from the warm up match, as well as a proportion of gate receipts, will go towards providing funds for the White Ribbon Campaign, an international charity that speaks out against domestic violence against women.

Gerry Sutcliffe with Ikram Butt
Gerry Sutcliffe with Ikram Butt

Parkinson Lane Primary School have been invited to take part as they have been closely involved in working with the charity over the last year.

A total of £1,000 has already been raised for the charity by the politicians and school staff taking part.

The main match is being organised by Stradbrokes Solicitors in partnership with Sporting Change, an organisation co-founded by Ikram Butt, former international rugby player, Sporting Ambassador for the White Ribbon Campaign for the past 4 years and a role model for the promotion of peace, tolerance and the building of bridges between communities.

Stradbrokes have also kindly sponsored the playing shirts to be worn by the MP select XI and the school staff team with both featuring a prominent White Ribbon logo. The MPs’ shirt features the White Ribbon ident incorporated into the design of the white shirt.

The warm up game and the shirt sponsorship was the brainchild of Ikram Butt who explained “We hope to encourage people from all sections of the communities to turn up in their numbers to witness what promises to be two fascinating contests. Chances are they’ll get the chance to cheer, or indeed jeer, their local Member of Parliament.”

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 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 / Bradford Park Avenue on Kevin@kevworth.fsnet.co.uk  or visit www.mylahore.co.uk