School teachers take on poiticians in charity football match

Ikram Butt and former sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe MP prepraing for a charity football match between staff from Parkinson Lane Primary School and an MPs XI in aid of the White Ribbon Campaign.
Ikram Butt and former sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe MP prepraing for a charity football match between staff from Parkinson Lane Primary School and an MPs XI in aid of the White Ribbon Campaign.

Staff from a Halifax school will look to give some politicians a good kicking in a charity football match

The Parkinson Lane Primary School XI will take on an official MPs XI at the Horsfall Stadium, Bradford, on July 17.

The game is a warm up for the main event when Bradford Park Avenue face the Pakistan national team in aid of the White Ribbon Campaign.

Former Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe MP will captain the MPs XI with other names expected to take part including David Ward MP and Greg Mulholland MP along with local councillors.

The warm up game and the shirt sponsorship was the brainchild of former international rugby player Ikram Butt. He said: “We hope to encourage people from all sections of the communities to turn up in their numbers to witness what promises to be two fascinating contests. Chances are they’ll get the chance to cheer, or indeed jeer, their local Member of Parliament.”

Chris Green, Director of the White Ribbon Campaign, said “We are delighted to benefit from this game being played so near our national base in West Yorkshire. Violence affects 1 in 4 women and 750,000 children each year are witnesses to such violence.

“It will only cease when men speak out against it and to have such a local involvement in our work is inspiring. We have already supported the development of White Ribbon Campaign’s work in Pakistan so reinforcing this link with our work is very welcome.”

The warm up game kicks off at 12pm followed by the main event at 2pm.

For more details or to purchase tickets (priced at £8 for adults/£4 concessions/under 16s free entry) please contact Ikram Butt on 079583 29027 or Bradford Park Avenue on Kevin@kevworth.fsnet.co.uk or visit www.mylahore.co.uk