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15 October 2018



15 October 2018

The club is delighted to be continuing its support of Centrepoint by hosting Sleep Out Bradford for the second year running.

In 2017, 86,000 young people in the UK approached their local council because they were homeless or at risk of homelessness. Over 6,300 of these young people were here in Yorkshire.

To help reduce this number, on Thursday November 22, the Northern Commercials Stadium will host its second 'Sleep Out'.

Centrepoint supports 150 homeless young people aged 16-25 in Bradford every single day.

The charity helps by providing 16-25 year olds with accommodation and support to help people turn their lives around by gaining essential life skills, such as tackling physical and mental health issues and moving into education and or employment.

All funds raised at the event will be used to introduce the Centrepoint Sport Training Centre Programme in Bradford.

Centrepoint Sport is a programme which uses Street Football to improve the emotional wellbeing, resilience, motivation and self-confidence of young people who are homeless or at risk and turn their lives around.

The Club and Centrepoint invites all City supporters to take part in this experience to Sleep Out in their home ground whilst raising money for the area’s homeless young people.

Registration is just £20 - and the fundraising target is £200.

While Sleep Out doesn’t aim to replicate homelessness, it does give you an insight into the challenges faced by those sleeping rough.

There will be entertainment, food and a bar, as well as the opportunity to learn more about Centrepoint’s work in Bradford.

Chloe Sykes, Centrepoint’s Senior Fundraising Officer, said: “It would be impossible for us to replicate the reality of homelessness but we hope that those taking part in Sleep Out will broaden their understanding of the challenges involved such as sleeping on the floor, facing the cold and getting through the next day with very little sleep.

"While the event only offers a glimpse in to the struggles of being homeless, the money raised will have a huge impact on those who unfortunately find homelessness as their reality.

"It will help vulnerable young people in Bradford gain the skills and confidence they need to move on in to education, work and a home.”

The event will take place at the Northern Commercials Stadium on Thursday November 22 – from 7.30pm.

As well as Centrepoint, the Club are excited to work with Grand Central who are sponoring this years Sleep Out Bradford.

Grand Central's Chief Operating Officer Sean English added: “Even just spending one night in the bitter November cold was a real eye-opening experience and, though nothing comes close to the real challenges faced, it really made me think about some of the hardships young homeless people encounter every single day.

"Centrepoint is such a worthwhile charity, making a real difference to people’s lives and it’s vital we raise awareness of the issues young homeless people face. We’re really proud to back this amazing cause.”

Interested in taking part? CLICK HERE to register!


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