Bradfordians with a passion for sport are being invited to share their views with leading Parliamentarians at an event in the city on Friday.

The ‘Get Involved: Parliament and Sport’ conference, featuring speeches from Lord Speaker Baroness D’Souza and former Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, will take place at the One in a Million Free School from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

The aim is to examine how people can get involved in Parliament’s work, make their views known to decision makers, and be able to campaign to make a difference in communities.

One in a Million, founded by former Bradford City defender Wayne Jacobs, uses sport and cultural activities to give people across the district educational opportunities, and the organisation said it was keen to engage with the Parliamentary outreach service.

One in a Million community manager Jonathan Martin said: “We use sport as a means of tackling social issues.

“Sport can be used to put across a positive message that wouldn’t work without that input. Politics and sport automatically interact with each other.”

The charity, along with the district’s professional football and rugby teams, try to use sport to address issues such as anti-social behaviour, literacy and numeracy and employability. These are also scrutinised by Parliament, with members of the Lords using their expertise in business, education, sport and policing to hold the Government to account.

A spokesman for the event said: “Attendees don’t have to be politics buffs, or working in sport full time. You might just watch your favourite team each week, run a sports club in your local area, be interested in healthy lifestyles or want to make a difference to your community.”

Baroness D’Souza, who will be discussing the work of the House of Lords and how it links to sport, said: “I am delighted to be in Bradford to talk about the work of the House, my role and ways in which they can engage with the democratic process.

“I look forward to hearing from people of all ages, professions and stages of life about how they can, do, or plan to engage with parliament and the House of Lords.”

The event, chaired by BBC sports presenter Tanya Arnold, is free but places must be booked in advance. To do so, e-mail, or call (0207) 219 1650.