BRADFORD (Park Avenue) and Gomersal & Cleckheaton are coming together to provide pathways and opportunities for young players.

The partnership is part of the ‘Club Partnership Programme’ that Avenue have announced recently.

Gomersal & Cleckheaton will be attending a Bradford (Park Avenue) first team fixture to enjoy a match day experience at the Horsfall Community Stadium.

But more importantly, the partnership will also provide Gomersal & Cleckheaton players with the opportunity to access the brand new BPA Performance Centre, in partnership with Sheffield United, for Under-7 to U10 age groups.

The Bradford (Park Avenue) scholarship programme, which is delivered in partnership with Bradford College for 16-18 year olds, will be available as a pathway for Gomersal & Cleckheaton players.

The scholarship will provide young players with the opportunity to study and train full-time.

Education pathways include sport, business, barbering, plumbing, mechanic, joinery and uniformed public services.

Meanwhile, Bradford (Park Avenue) Academy have teams that play in the U19 Alliance Youth league and the college league.

Speaking about the partnership, Bradford (Park Avenue)’s academy technical director Tom McStravick said: “We are fortunate to be able to provide a genuine pathway to our first team here at BPA.

“The Club Partnership Programme is the perfect way for us to be able to provide that opportunity for local talent.

“As a club we are keen to engage with the local football community to help. We look forward to working with Gomersal & Cleckheaton to help them progress and develop as a football club.”