BRADFORD sports facilities will get a major boost with some help from the Premier League and FA.

Sites to benefit from the extra cash include Marley Activities Centre in Keighley and Myra Shay Recreation Ground.

A funding commitment of £7millon from Bradford Council, will be bolstered with additional funding planned from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s the Football Foundation.

The funding is part of the council’s wider Sports Pitches Investment Programme, which has already seen investment in sports facilities across the district, including the creation of Wyke Community Sports Village in 2022.

The latest investment will fund major work to turn Marley and Myra Shay into sports hubs, similar to Wyke Sports Village. It will also bring about improvement at various other football and cricket sites, council grass pitches and a number of “Play Zones,” with a second 3G pitch at Wyke Sports Village also being planned.

Bradford is one of six councils in the country to be chosen to bid for this funding from the Football Foundation’s Hubs Programme pilot.

Applications for the Hubs and all other developments are expected to land with the Foundation for funding consideration over the next 18 months. Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Portfolio Holder for Healthy People and Places at Bradford Council met with the Football Foundation’s CEO Robert Sullivan for a tour of Wyke Community Sports Village and to discuss the plans for investment.

She said, “The success of this wonderful facility in Wyke has shown what we can do with the right investment.

“Access to good sports pitches like we have here and at similar facilities across the district is a vital part of our ambition of supporting people’s health and wellbeing. I’m excited to see what can be delivered thanks to the Foundation’s commitment to Bradford in terms of new projects and improvements to existing services.”

Robert Sullivan CEO of the Football Foundation said, “Bradford Council are a great partner, and their £7m investment alongside funding from the Football Foundation will create a new generation of great community sports facilities across the city.

“Thanks to our funding partners the Premier League, The FA and Government the Football Foundation is working to deliver brilliant facilities across the country like this so that everyone can have access to great places to play.”

This funding is part of a wider programme of investment which also sees money being made available from other partners such as the Lawn Tennis Association, England and Wales Cricket Board, Rugby Football League, and others.