Young girls across Bradford have recently been outfitted with brand-new Premier League football kits, courtesy of the ongoing commitment of the League to support women’s and girls’ football.

Selected schools, actively participating in the Premier League Primary Stars programme with Bradford City FC Community Foundation, were eligible to receive the kits. Each kit comprises 13 outfield sets, one goalkeeper set, and the option of Nike 2.0 hijabs.

In collaboration with Nike, the Premier League Kit Scheme aims to distribute free football kits to over 58,000 girls in more than 4,000 primary schools throughout England and Wales. The kits proudly display the Premier League and No Room For Racism emblems.

Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive, said: “Football is a game that everyone can enjoy, and it has the ability to empower and inspire young people in the classroom, the playground and on the pitch. I hope the girls enjoy their new Premier League kit and that they continue to reap the many benefits that football can bring, both on and off the pitch.”

The Bradford City FC Community Foundation has already visited three schools in the Bradford area to distribute the kits. BCAFC Women’s first-team players, including Hollie Barraclough, Charlie Ramsden, and Summer Paley, visited Merlin Top Primary Academy, St Francis Catholic Primary School, and Peel Park Primary School to hand over the kits to the enthusiastic pupils.

Ben Cunliffe, Class Teacher and PE Leader at Peel Park Primary School, said: “We really appreciate receiving these fantastic kits. Our sports teams are looking forward to wearing them with pride during our packed sporting schedule – we play weekly school matches year-round, so these kits are ideal. The children are very excited to be wearing Nike like many of their sporting heroes.”

The kit presentations were accompanied by talks and Q&A sessions conducted by BCAFC stars at each school. The players shared their own stories and wisdom, aiming to inspire the next generation of footballers in the city.

Andy Roberts at Merlin Top Primary Academy, said: “Having BCAFC Women’s players
come and visit us is inspiring for the young people in the school, and a big deal for the local area. We’re very grateful to have received these great-looking, professional kits for our girls involved in football. I’d also like to thank the Foundation, and Oliver Read for choosing us as one of the schools to receive the kits.”

Stevie Burgess, Deputy Headteacher at St Francis Catholic Primary School, said: “A massive thank you to the players for coming down, inspiring the girls in our school, and taking part in a kickabout!”

The Kit Scheme is just one aspect of the Premier League’s primary school education programme, Premier League Primary Stars, and adds to the 7,000 free football kits already distributed through the league’s primary schools programme since 2017.

Dan Burrows, Senior Director, Nike Social & Community Impact, said: “Nike is delighted to partner with the Premier League on the Kit Scheme for girls. Our work with partners like the Premier League is vital to removing cultural, social and economic barriers to participation, so all young people, especially girls, have an opportunity to benefit from play and sport. Together, we can create an active next generation and a more equitable future for all.”