Bradford host England in disability clash at Valley Parade

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bradford Disability Club, pictured in action, will take on England Mencap Bradford Disability Club, pictured in action, will take on England Mencap

Valley Parade will play host to a club v country match with a difference tomorrow.

Bradford Disability Football Club (BDFC) take on England Mencap, who are in Leeds on a training weekend ahead of the European Championships.

Mencap team manager Mark Summers said: “Bradford City have previously given us a warm reception at the ground and we were delighted to be able to play here again.”

The squad, who fly out to Geneva in Switzerland in June, include BDFC player Adam Stones.

City community foundation officer Ian Ormond-royd, who is also the disability club chairman, said: “Bradford have had a player in the England Mencap squad every year for the last decade.

“That is a real testament to the consistent performance of the team and their ability to not only provide a provision of football but also to coach them to compete at a national level.

“The club are extremely proud of the disability team and their achievements and would ask fans to come and support them.”

BDFC was founded in 2002 with a grant of £1,000 and eight players. It has now expanded to a membership of more than 100, aged between six and 60.

Admission for the 60-minute match, which kicks off at 10.45am, is free.

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