By Mick Shackleton
A new children’s book based around Bradford City’s now world famous cup run is being produced by a fans group to get kids reading.
‘The League of Dreams’ is based on a young boy who worked in his local Co-op and dreams of becoming a footballer and playing at Wembley.
The book draws on Bradford City’s double Wembley season as inspiration and aims to help encourage youngsters to read more and inspire them to never give up and reach for their goals.
The project is being led by the Friends of Bradford City supporters group which will see the book, aimed at a reading level of 6-7 years, available in multiple retail outlets priced £5.
For every book sold, £1 will be donated to the Bradford City Football in the Community Foundation charity. It’s a self-funded charity that’s main aim is to promote the improvement of health and wellbeing of the local community through the medium of football and multi-sports.
Mark Neale, Friends of BCFC Chairman, said “This unique book is an excellent way of not only providing an exciting way of offering a memento of that history making season, but also fulfilling a real need, and offering encouragement for local children to improve their reading skills”.
“I have been excited by this project since Mick Shackleton (project leader for FoBCFC) first brought it to our attention. I think the idea of children improving their reading and also learning about the history of the club is an absolutely fantastic thing for Bradford City”.
Bradford City grabbed the world’s attention when the team, from the fourth tier of English football, made it to the league cup final in 2013. Although they were defeated, the team resurrected their flagging league season. Their never-say-die attitude saw them to Wembley again and ultimately promotion to League One.
“Bradford City Football Club is thrilled with the work Friends of Bradford City have done to put such a great product together. This Children’s book will allow the historic 2012/13 season to be retold to both our current and next generation of young supporters. It will leave a legacy for years to come to all its readers based on such an inspirational true story.” – Bradford City FC
The book will be available initially from WHSmiths, Arndale Shopping Centre Bradford from 9am Wednesday 30th October. Further details of other confirmed book stockist to follow shortly.
Friends of Bradford City will be launching a new web site aimed at supporting the contents of the book at www.juniorbantams.co.uk
Contacts – Mark Neale and Mick Shackleton via firstname.lastname@example.org