A beer festival will be taking place at Bradford (Park Avenue) this weekend to raise money for charity.

The event will take place at the club’s football ground, Horsfall Stadium, from tonight until Sunday.

Funds raised will be split between Marie Curie hospice (Leeds Road) and Horsfall Community Trust. 

Further donations will go to Jake Hibbs, a BPA player who was badly injured during a match against Chorley which has left him out of work for at least 16 weeks.

Avenue manager Mark Bower said: “Last year couldn’t go ahead because of Covid but every year we do a charity day, and it has always been a good day to see some old football players kicking a ball around.”

Various activities and events will take place across the weekend, including a rugby league match to kick off the event on Friday evening, followed by music by local bands playing into the evening.

Park Avenue host AFC Fylde tomorrow and there will be a barbecue, tombola, and a bouncy castle for children.

On Sunday, there will be a charity football match kicking off at 12.30pm featuring former Avenue and City players.

Bower and his assistant Danny Boshell will be among those playing as well as former Banams Gary Jones and Lee Duxbury and former BPA players Tom Greaves and Wayne Benn.

Bower added: “ Our stadium has undergone some improvements so it is a much more welcoming and hospitable place for events like these. We’re looking forward to it.”

Dave Stordy, BPA development fund chairman, said: “We’ll be delighted to see as many people as possible at the event to support our local charities.”
The event is free to attend and will be operating on a ‘walk-in’ basis.