By Ayyaz Malik
Bradford Disability Football Club (BDFC) celebrated success in this years Harrogate Tournament having entered nine teams across five ability leagues. With two teams winning their leagues, four teams picked up second and third place medals and the three fair play awards respectively , as voted for by the referees on the day. There was no shortage of silverware to be brought home!
The Harrogate tournament is a highly anticipated event in the disability football club calendar. The tournament is a national event in July each year at Killinghall Moor Community park attracts over 80 entries, catering for all levels of ability (Lower ability level through to elite), it is a also a Special Olympics regional event.
One of the teams who won a fair play award as well as second place medals were coached on the day by BDFC sponsors and Bradford City podcasters’ Bantams Banter! This was Bantams Banter’s first tournament with BDFC and they were impressed by the teams and the whole set up of the club on the day.
Speaking to Bantams Banter after about their experience they said, “Being offered the chance to manage a Bradford Disability squad at the recent Harrogate tournament was incredible. The first thing that struck us was the amount of players at the tournament, not just from Bradford but from teams up and down the country, players of all ages with varying disabilities able to enjoy the sport they love; the atmosphere was ace.
To take charge of a team of players we’ve long admired was such an honour. Our squad made up of Steve, Ben, Liam, Daryl, Stephen and Matty were brilliant, totally focused on enjoying the day and paid attention to our team talks…mostly!
The lads put in some amazing performances and to finish second in a national tournament and to win the award for fair play is something to be very proud of. We’d love to say our tactical genius sent them on the path to success – but it would be far from the truth. These chaps represented the claret and amber shirt with pride and progressed in the tournament thanks to their determination and raw ability. Proof that “the only disability in life is a bad attitude.”
Bradford DFC A 3rd
Bradford DFC B 1st
Bradford DFC A 4th
Bradford DFC B 5th
Bradford DFC C 2nd
Bradford DFC D 2nd Fair Play
Bradford DFC E 1st Fair Play
Bradford DFC F 3rd
Bradford DFC G 4th Fair play