It is all change for Bradford City as they will play out the remainder of the season at their new home, the Horsfall Stadium. The team are moving away from their now former home in Eccleshill to begin a new partnership with Bradford Park Avenue.
I actually quite liked heading to Eccleshill as it wasn’t too difficult to get to and the ground itself wasn’t too bad to say it was a non-league ground. However, I am really looking forward to the new chapter for the club as the Horsfall Stadium is definitely one of the best facilities in the City and should be really really beneficial for the club in the long run. Not only that but it is a lot closer for us to get to which we can’t complain about.
The Horsfall Stadium is one we are familiar with thanks to the Bradford city men’s team playing against Bradford Park Avenue in pre-season at the ground alongside us attending a whole host of events at the stadium such as charity rugby games. It is safe to say this partnership should help align Bradford City Women within the community as it is just one of the great sports teams that will now be playing their games at the ground.
Probably the best part of this move though is the partnership that it creates with Bradford Park Avenue and their women’s team. We have seen in the men’s game how the two Bradford teams work together with City players heading out to Park Avenue to gain valuable game time to help them progress in the game. If we can see a similar thing in the women’s game I really do believe it will be really beneficial for those players on the verge of breaking into the first as they can go off get some game time and work on their game rather than sitting on the bench watching on and waiting. It will also create the opportunity for dual registration players which again will be just as beneficial as a player going out on loan.
The move and partnership is also going to be a very good way for more girls in Bradford get into the game and hopefully progress through the ranks to end up in the Bradford City Women’s first team, it just gives them another avenue to achieve this and will hopefully keep young players at the club(s) for a longer period of time rather than going off elsewhere looking for opportunities. Fingers crossed this is just the first for partnerships with local clubs to give more young players in the City a pathway into the club and give them more opportunities to develop and work towards joining the Bradford City Women’s club in the long run.
With Bradford City Women partnering up with Bradford Park Avenue I really do believe that this is just one step towards how the club is working on developing behind the scenes, now the Foundation have seen the club in action and what needs improving I think this is just the start of developments we are going to see from the club both on and off the pitch and I think we are going to be seeing a pretty big difference with the club over the next few seasons as everything starts to gain momentum. We have already seen results start to change and with the off-field changes from this season and into the future I think us fans could be in for a treat.
The first game from the club at Horsfall was due to be on the 27th of February however, rearrangements from cancelled games has meant the first game will now be Sunday 6th March vs Alnwick Town Ladies, with the game being a pay what you want on the day fingers crossed we see a lot of fans filling the new ground to give the team a boost for them to finish the game with those all-important 3 points to get further away from the drop zone.
With us now being in the second half of the season every point picked up counts more than ever to keep the team away from relegation so let’s get Horsfall filled with fans to create a great atmosphere and really get behind the team. I have a feeling this ground move is only the beginning…