In a testament to its unwavering commitment to the community, the Bradford City FC Community Foundation has secured nominations in three distinct categories for this year’s Yorkshire Choice Awards.

Leading the charge is Pavan Sembi, the Foundation’s Head of PAC, acknowledged for her exceptional contributions as she competes for the coveted title of Inspirational Individual of the Year 2024. Mary Myers, a dedicated Foundation stalwart, has been nominated for Volunteer of the Year 2024, acknowledging her selfless dedication to the Foundation’s projects.

Additionally, the Foundation itself is in the running for the esteemed Charitable Excellence Award, recognizing its commendable efforts in social outreach, sports, and community support over the past year.

Foundation CEO and former BCAFC star, Ian Ormondroyd, said: “We are made up to
have been recognised by the Yorkshire Choice Awards with these three nominations.
Our mission statement reads “Working together to inspire and unite our city”. Those
aims have never rang more true than in the past year, and I am full of pride that all of our efforts have the chance to be recognised across the county.”

Pavan Sembi has been a fixture of the Foundation’s work for a long while now. Working
tirelessly to deliver for the young people of Bradford, Pavan heads a Peer Action
Collective team which is focused on community outreach and social action projects. She
has spear-headed numerous projects aimed at improving the wellbeing and circumstances of young people in the city, including her Knife on the Edge programme, aimed at educating young people about, and dissuading them from being involved in, knife crime.

Pavan said: “I am honoured to have been put forward by the Foundation for this award,
and both surprised and elated to have been nominated by the YCA! I am lucky to work
with a great team of young people who want to make a difference in the city of Bradford, Yorkshire and the nation.”

Mary Myers, on being told that the Foundation put her forward for a nomination, replied; “No you didn’t!”. Once she got over the initial surprise, Mary commented on her nomination for Volunteer of the Year: “I love pitching in and doing my bit for the
Foundation. As a lifelong Bradford City fan, it means a lot to me to work closely with the Community arm of the club.”

Mary has played a crucial role in launching the Foundation’s dementia-friendly
“Friendship Cafe,” generously sharing her knowledge and volunteering at the
Foundation’s City Hub on Thursdays to enhance the services and provisions for those
who attend.

The Foundation completes the nominations as it vies to be awarded this year’s
Charitable Excellence gong.

In 2024 alone, the Foundation has already launched a dementia-friendly friendship cafe
and a highly successful, nationally celebrated food truck.

The Foundation’s remarkable year includes the launch of a dementia-friendly friendship cafe and a highly successful, nationally celebrated food truck in 2024 alone.

To cast your vote in all three categories, visit yorkshirechoiceawards.co.uk/votehere and support the Bradford City FC Community Foundation in its pursuit of excellence.