A new sports complex in the heart of Manningham is on track to open this summer.
Astroturf at BEAP Community Partnership’s new £1.2 million Midland Road Sports Complex next to Bantams Stadium has been laid in the latest phase of work.
When completed, the community centre will have two new 4G football pitches outside, a renovated indoor sports hall with changing rooms and a café for the community of Manningham to enjoy.
BEAP Community Partnership is a community centre that exists to focus on the needs of the community in Manningham.
It provides services either through itself or partners to address high levels of deprivation and disadvantage in the neighbourhood, in particular the Bangladeshi community. It also aims to engage with local people, helping them to form and action their own agendas for positive change.
The project which was initially thought up in 2016 is due to be completed in the next few weeks and will be open for people to enjoy by the summer.
In November, the first brick of the project was set in an official ceremony attended by members of staff, management, and volunteers.
The community centre’s Chief Executive, Humayun Islam BEM, said: “The complex is at a really good stage. Work on the pitches have begun, the fence has been put up, and the structure for the new pavilion is up.
“This week, work on the sports centre is going to start, so new lighting and heating is going to be installed, as well as the creation of a new wellbeing hub in the sports hall. We are really excited.”
Funding for the project has come from the Football Foundation, the Premier League, the Football Association (FA) and the government’s charity that helps communities improve their local football facilities through football grants; the Power to Change charitable trust, Sport England and Bradford Council.
Bradford City Community Foundation, Bradford City AFC’s charity, has teamed up with BEAP on the project, which they hope to use for its community activities throughout the week as well as on Bantams’ matchday.