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For the first time this season, all three of our Academy teams have won their games!

In the Live on YouTube game, Group 1 beat FC United of Manchester 5-1, whilst Group 2 travelled to Hemsworth Miners Welfare and won 3-2.

At the same time, Group 3 were away at Access Sport Sheffield, going on to win the game 1-0.

Well done to everyone in our Academy. Up the Avenue!


Myles Better for Avenue

We are delighted to announce the non-contract signing of Academy player Myles La Bastide.

Myles, who has been training with the first team for the last two months, has signed on until the end of the season after impressing manager Mark Bower.

We spoke to Academy Technical Director Thomas McStravick on the deal and he said: “I am delighted for Myles who has developed a lot with us over the course of the last sixteen months. He’s becoming more physically robust and mature. He’s also been training with the first team for a while now and both Mark and Danny have taken good care of him. He’s a grafter and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next from him. This is just another example of us, as a club, providing opportunity for young players”.

Club Secretary Calum Cullen added: ‘Its great for Myles and I’m really happy for him. He is under no illusion that the hard work really starts now and I am sure he will continue to work hard in the Academy and with the first team. A huge well done is due to the Academy staff too, who now have had 2 players in as many weeks make the step up’

Myles is registered in time for tomorrows local derby with Farsley Celtic. Kick off is at 1pm, follow the socials if you are unable to get to the game!



New Years Message From Gareth | Update from Academy

Dear Supporters of BPA,
I would like to wish a happy new year to all of those associated with our club. I have not been able to travel during this season, so I have not managed to see a real game. Hopefully I will be able to get over soon and see you all. 

I want to thank all of those that make the club work day in and out through these difficult times. Despite the national problems we have made slow and steady progress on improving the ground while our first team continues to outperform our limited budget. The club Development Committee has helped tremendously in this area. We will continue our efforts to further improve the facilities at the ground in this coming year. 

This past year Calum Cullen has taken on the responsibility of the stadium management and we are well on our way to reaching  financial stability despite the effects of Covid-19.  Thank you Calum. Thanks are also due to Neil and Ben for their help to keep the place running.

Thomas McStravick is the head of our Academy section and he has been successful in recruiting good youngsters. Please read his report below.

Our board currently consists of just three people, myself, Paul Armitage and David Little. In the coming year we intend to expand the board to include more local representation. We will be looking for candidates who love sport but also share our desire to build a club that serves the community that we are in.  We would like to hear from potential candidates. 

In addition, our board is studying various ways to involve our supporters in the management of the club in line with government recommendations. We hope to have a plan formulated at our next meeting in February. 

Finally I would like to thank Keith Bonney for his invaluable help on keeping our finances straight. 
With a bit of luck I will be able to attend a game in February and have a forum where we can talk about the plans for the future. 

Gareth Roberts

Report from the Academy.

The academy has seen significant growth over the last couple of years. We now have over 400 young people aged 5-18 in our juniors, performance centre and scholarship academy. We also have six full time staff working throughout our programme. This commitment from the club is a real reflection of our desire to build a long term sustainable and successful football club. The next generation of fans don’t just fall off trees so we need these young players coming through not only to produce the next first team superstar but also to produce the next Avenue diehard. 

There are some key dates coming up over the next few months for the academy. First up on the 11th January we have a trial evening for our BPA Player Pathway, which has seen over 350 registrations in less than eight months. These are parents who want their children to be involved at the Avenue from our juniors through to scholars. Encouraging signs but there’s still a lot of work ahead and we are aiming to increase the number of young players involved in our club from 400 to 600 in twelve months. Increasing the number of players involved in the club increases the number of potential new fans and also our chances of producing a first team player in the years ahead. To produce a quality academy it takes ten years of hard work. Players coming into the club aged 7, if looked after properly, can potentially play in our first team at 17 and then who knows after that. That’s our aim and we have some quality young players involved in our juniors at the moment with our u7’s recently invited to play in a selective tournament at west riding county FA with the other top teams in West Yorkshire at that age. The future is bright and it’s green and white. 

Another key date is the sponsors evening on 10th February. As a club we are focused on connecting with the local Bradford business community, this is an important aspect in our journey to becoming a sustainable football club. We will be inviting current academy player sponsors and also other potential sponsors to come along and enjoy an evening of entertainment at the Horsfall. We will have some food and entertainment on the night along with an auction to help us raise some funds.

In March and May we have our BPA Primary Schools Cup tournament with both boys and girls sections. Last year we have 24 teams participate. In 2023 we will have 48 teams taking part! Integra Insurance will once again be our sponsors for the event and we thank them for their support. 

So in summary we have lots to look forward to in 2023 and we welcome all support from our fan base to help us build the club and progress. 



Academy Keeper Liam Hall Signs 18 Month Contract!

We are delighted to announce that Academy Keeper Liam Hall has penned an 18 Month Contract with the first team.

Liam, who has been on a non-contract since the 2021/22 season is now under contract until the end of the 2023/24 season.

This marks a major milestone for the academy, with Liam being the first to sign a deal since Academy Technical Director Tom McStravick came into the club.

On the deal, Tom had this to say I am delighted that Liam has been offered an 18-month professional contract with us at Bradford (Park Avenue). Not only does it show that our pathway is open to those who work hard enough and ultimately are good enough but it also shows a commitment from us as a club in the development of young players. Liam has demonstrated a commitment to his work each day and a constant determination to improve his game. This sends a message to current and potential new scholars that opportunities are available, if you want it and are good enough, at this club’.

Danny King, first team coach, who has worked with Liam since his arrival into the club and seen his development commented ‘Liam has improved greatly since coming to the club, working with an excellent goalkeeper in George Sykes-Kenworthy and with the experienced players in our team, Liam has matured into a very good player. This has seen him already have a taste of men’s football, in the County Cup last year against Campion, and making his debut against Southport in the last league game of the 2021/22 Season. This year saw Liam take a further step in playing for Ossett United, before another County Cup game vs Brighouse. I’m delighted for Liam, who with a continued hard working approach, has a bright future. Well done to Tom and the academy staff, and hopefully there are more to come!’

Everybody at the club wishes Liam well as he progresses in his career, well done Liam!

You can watch Liam’s first interview with the club on our YouTube Channel below.

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The BPA Academy will take on Guiseley AFC this Wednesday, in the extra preliminary round of the FA Youth Cup. Kick off is set for 7:45pm, with tickets priced at just £3 for Adults, and £1 Concessions, u18s and Students (With Valid ID).

The winners of the game will host Swallownest in the FA Cup preliminary round during the week commencing 29th August.




We are delighted to announce today the signings of player/coach Danny King and Academy Goalie Liam Hall on non-contract agreements with the club.

Danny King has been working with the club over the past few seasons as a goalkeeper coach with our #1 George Sykes-Kenworthy, and #13 Liam Hall.

Both Danny and Liam are available for selection straight away, as well as Danny King continuing to provide the excellent coaching he has become known for.



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Bradford (Park Avenue) Academy are proud to announce that we have partnered with global GPS provider Fitogether to provide our scholarship teams with cutting edge GPS data for the 2022/23 Season.

Fitogether is a football technology company that specializes in wearable EPTS (Electronic Performance Tracking System). Over 450 clubs in 53 countries are using Fitogether’s solution ‘OHCOACH’, across all levels of football including SS Lazio, Fenerbahce SK, Besiktas JK and Celtic FC. Fitogether is also the official sponsor of the K-League in South Korea supporting all clubs, across multiple levels.

Fitogether has also expanded with new business opportunities such as data analyzation services, scouting reports and NFT content market for fan engagement. Fitogether leads the world trend with advanced data analysis technology and holds the number 1 place for data accuracy in the FIFA Quality Programme. The players’ performance data collected through Fitogether’s solution helps coaches and staff in decision making for better performance and development of players.

Fitogether’s director, Kim Taeryung commented on the cooperation agreement: “We are honoured to be working with a renowned club such as Bradford (Park Avenue). Our strategic partnership with Indulge Football has played a huge part in the introduction of this partnership. The development of football is rapidly growing, and we hope that Fitogether can contribute to the future of Bradford (Park Avenue).

“I believe the recent advancement of football lies in the enhancement of physical performance. We hope that our technology assists the coaches with the improvement of the players,” added Taeryung.

Bradford (Park Avenue) Academy Technical Director, Tom McStravick said of the agreement:  “We are delighted to agree this partnership with Fitogether who, like us, are a progressive and forward thinking organisation. This partnership will allow us to use cutting edge technology to improve our performance and raise the standards within the academy.”

Our Academy are offering trials throughout June & July ahead of next season. To register interest in our BPA Player Pathway please register below.

**Due to high demand please allow between 5 working days for a trial date**

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BPA LIVE! BPA Performance Centre vs Manchester School of Soccer (Texas)

Today’s exhibition matches vs the Manchester School of Soccer (Texas) will be broadcast live on our Facebook page!

The stream will go live at 11:30am, with first KO at 11:45am. Supporters are welcome to come along and cheer on the Avenue stars of the future.

Tap the link below or our FB/Instagram stories will also link to the stream.



Integra Insurance Solutions Sponsor BPA Primary Schools Cup Initiative 🏆

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Over 240 primary school children are set to take part in the inaugural BPA Primary Schools Cup tournament at the Horsfall Community Stadium on 31st March 2022. Interest in the tournament has been extremely high and is now fully subscribed with 10 teams on the waiting list.

The young stars of the future will grace the same pitch used by the current Bradford (Park Avenue) first team. Twenty-four schools from across Bradford will get the opportunity to play at the stadium and experience the state of the art 4g pitch. The inaugural event will become part of the annual plan at Bradford (Park Avenue) as the club aims to enhance its role within the local community.

Academy Technical Director Tom McStravick is responsible for bringing this event together commented “This tournament not only provides children with the opportunity to have a fun day out at the stadium, but it also gives our Academy Scholars the chance to take ownership of a project and gain experience of event planning and organisation. We’re proud of the facilities that we have on offer and hope that we can unearth some of the stars of the future. Who knows we might even see the next Kevin Hector on display.”

Bradford based Integra Insurance Solutions are providing sponsorship for the tournament and welcomed the opportunity to get involved. Managing Director Martin Cox said “Grass roots football is where a love of the sport begins and we’re absolutely delighted to be sponsoring this community based initiative. This will bring children together from all parts of Bradford in what we hope will be the first of many similar tournaments at BPA”.