Footballing rivals Bradford City and Leeds United team up to form a charity partnership with Leeds Bradford Airport

By Rebecca Marano

Two Yorkshire football clubs are putting their differences aside to fundraise alongside the Leeds Bradford Airport.

Bradford City and Leeds United are coming together for the first time to raise money for their respective charities: The Bradford City FC Community Foundation and The Leeds United Foundation

The clubs will fundraise regularly in the airport terminals and will work closely together to create events to entertain staff and customers.

Four million passengers used the airport last year and the clubs are hoping the heavy footfall with help them raise a lot of money.

David Laws, Chief Executive of Leeds Bradford Airport said the airport is the perfect place to reach millions of people and the two charities are the perfect partnership choice

Mr Laws said: “It is fantastic to celebrate this historic moment in bringing them both together.

We are delighted to be able to help them reach out to Yorkshire, raising awareness of what they do as well as fundraising within our terminal.”

Angus Kinnear, Managing Director at Leeds United Football Club, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Leeds Bradford Airport to link with their neighbouring football clubs to support the communities they serve.”

James Mason, Chief Operating Officer at Bradford City Football Club, said: “The announcement of this new partnership is fantastic news for the Bradford City Community Foundation.

Working together on a number of initiatives with mutual benefits to all parties can only be a good thing. The increased funds raised will enable both foundations to further support the areas of Leeds and Bradford.”

Bradford City FC Community Foundation is a self-funded, registered charity with its main aim to make a difference to people’s lives and to promote the improvement of health and well-being of the local community. Through the medium of football and multi-sports, the foundation aims to encourage more people of all ages, race, gender and ability whilst educating them in the areas of health and fitness.

The Leeds United Foundation is a registered charity delivering high quality programmes to support people across the Leeds City Region, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Foundation has a diverse range of projects working with everyone from older people living with dementia to girls under seven years old who have not played football before. The overarching ambition of the Leeds United Foundation is to make the City Region a healthier, happier and more successful place to live and grow.

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