Chairman’s Statement

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Dear BPA fans,                          

I would like to thank all those associated with our club for their efforts this season. We now find ourselves in the Northern Premier League next season. This is a result of several years of having the smallest player budget in the league and eventually that caught up with us. That we had survived in the NLN so far is a testament to the efforts of Mark and Danny. 

It is true to say that the National League has changed over the years that we have been in it, with clubs spending much more than when we first entered. Football in the UK is a losing business proposition and a club like ours cannot afford to be losing money every year. The first priority is for the club to survive and then to be as financially viable as possible. This is our target. The next priority is to provide the first team with a competitive player budget, so success on the playing field can generate more commercial success. 

I believe we are now in a stronger position as a club than when we first entered the National League and much closer to sustainability. Some improvements to the stadium have been made, but more will be done. The Junior and Academy sections have been developed from scratch so that we can provide new generations of players and their families. That is ultimately building a better future for the club. My aim remains to create success on the field combined with sound finances.

Gareth Roberts
Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC Chairman