Bradford soccer contest to net Crocus funds

Shadow Parves and Delroy Dacres from Sports Campaign Against Racism

Shadow Parves and Delroy Dacres from Sports Campaign Against Racism

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A football tournament organised by a Bradford charity has been re-arranged to boost the Telegraph & Argus Bradford Crocus Cancer Appeal towards its £1 million goal.

Sports Campaign Against Racism (Scar), which aims to stamp out racism at the grassroots level of the game, has used the first Crocus Week, which runs until Sunday to announce the new date, Tuesday, June 17.

Teams are now being sought for the five-a-side competition, sponsored by Regal Bakery in Bradford, with all proceeds going to the appeal to help researchers at the University of Bradford fight cancer.

The event had originally been scheduled to take place in August last year.

Shadow Parvez, secretary of Scar, said: “Supporting the Crocus charity is a good deed, as it is very important for Bradford.

“Cancer can affect anybody, and if we can support the appeal in any way, we will do.”

Mr Parvez added that the charity, based at Manningham Mills, wanted to establish a football academy in Bradford and organise conferences to attract top sporting stars to the district, but needed sponsorship from local businesses to help it achieve its aims.

At least ten teams are needed for the Crocus event at the 5 Alive Soccer Centre in York Street, Fairweather Green, starting at 7pm. Entry is £40 per team, and bookings can be made by calling (01274) 494100.

Crocus Week kicked off in dramatic style last Saturday with an abseil down the Jury’s Inn hotel in the city centre.

More than 50 people braved the descent, helping to raise upwards of an estimated £6,000, making it the biggest event during the week-long funding drive.

Victoria Collins, development officer at the university, said it was great to see how much support the week had attracted from the local community.

“Hopefully we will raise lots of money, as well as increasing awareness of the appeal and why it is so important,” she added.

The Telegraph & Argus is working with the university, Yorkshire Cancer Research, and the Sovereign Healthcare Charitable Trust to raise £1 million for the discovery and development of new cancer medicines at the university’s Institute of Cancer Therapeutics.

A number of schools and businesses have already pledged their support to the week, with cake sales, non-uniform and pyjama days.

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