MEET THE TEAM

 MEET THE TEAM


Ian 'Big Stix' Ormondroyd

Ian is an ex-professional footballer, born in Bradford and a City legend. He played the game at all levels, including spells at other prominent clubs including Leicester, Derby and Aston Villa. Ian's favourite career memory has to be playing at Wembley 4 times, however winning with Bradford was probably the best.

Ian has his FA Preliminary Coaching Certificate, along with FA Emergency Aid and FA Safeguarding Children Qualifications.  Ian and all our staff are have enhanced DBS checks.
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Kim 'Faz' Farrand

Faz, a UEFA B coach, has had strong links with BCFC for several years, and has worked for the Foundation for over 15 of them. Goalkeeping is a speciality of his and he is our lead Futsal coach.
Qualifications: FA Level 3 UEFA B, FA Youth Module 2, AFPE Level 3 PE Sport in Schools, FA Emergency Aid and treatment and management of injuries, FA Safeguarding children.  

Adam Thirsk

Adam volunteered for the Foundation in 2004.  This led to a two year apprenticeship and he's been with us ever since, interrupted by spells coaching in USA, Norway & the South coast. He's our NCS lead coach.
Qualifications: FA Level 2, FA youth Module 1, FA Emergency Aid, FA Safeguarding Children.

Daniele Gaudiosi

Whilst at College, UEFA B coach Danny got the opportunity of 2 weeks work experience with us. He kept volunteering with us and has been a key member of our coaching staff for over 14 years, has gained an excellent reputation, and leads our coaching in the Skipton/Keighley areas and surrounding towns.
Qualifications:  UEFA B Level 3, FA Youth Module 2, AFPE Level 3 PE Sport in Schools, FA Emergency Aid, FA Safeguarding Children.

Craig Farrand

Highly regarded UEFA B coach Craig has been with the Foundation for over 12 years, after he started on a government training scheme.  Along with Faz, Craig spends a lot of his time coaching the Futsal students, and is present on the Wednesday match days.
Qualifications: 1st for Sport Level 3 in football (UEFA B), FA Youth Module 2, AFPE Level 3 PE Sport in Schools FA Emergency Aid, FA Safeguarding Children.

Paul Jubb

Paul has been with the Foundation for over 12 years and is one of our lead coaches.  He's also the lead of the Bradford Disability Football Club and was recently awarded Look North's Unsung Hero Award for the Yorkshire region. Qualifications:  FA Coaching Certificate, Coaching Disabled Footballers, FA Youth Module 2, FA Emergency Aid, FA Safeguarding Children.

Joe Bray

After volunteering to help at a Foundation soccer camps near his home, Joe was offered a coaching position within the Foundation and has been with us now for over 8 years. He's our Womens and Girls lead coach and is heavily involved with Bradford Disability FC.
Qualifications: FA Level 2, FA Youth Module 1, AFPE Level 3 PE Sport in Schools, FA Emergency Aid, FA Safeguarding Children.

Tom Ormondroyd

Tom has been with us for 4 years, having started as an apprentice within the Foundation.  He plays football to a reasonable level and as well as coaching for the Foundation, he leads teams in our NCS programme.
Qualifications: FA Level 2, AFPE Level 3 PE Sport in Schools, FA Emergency Aid, FA Safeguarding Children.

Alex Gyte

Alex joined us through our Apprentice scheme 4 years ago and has developed into an experienced fully-ledged football coach, leading school coaching and camps.
Qualifications:  FA Level 2, FA Youth Module 1, FA Emergency Aid, FA Safeguarding Children.

Jack Strudwick

Jack joined the Foundation 3 years ago to undertake the Futsal BTEC Sports Diploma Level 3, and is now into his second year of doing the Futsal Foundation Degree with the University of South Wales.  After qualifying for his Diploma, he joined the the Community Foundation team as a football coach which he does alongside his degree.
Qualifications: FA Level 2, FA Emergency Aid, FA Safeguarding Children.

Ben Baker

Ben joined the Foundation 3 years ago to undertake the Futsal BTEC Sports Diploma Level 3, and is now into his second year of doing the Futsal Foundation Degree with the University of South Wales.  After qualifying for his Diploma, he joined the the Community Foundation team as a football coach which he does alongside his degree.
Qualifications:  FA Level 2, FA Emergency Aid, FA Safeguarding Children.

Qasim Akhtar

Qasim has come through to the Community after progressing from our Futsal programme. As well as football coaching, he is involved with our Lottery funded Heritage Project.
Qualifications:  FA Level, FA Emergency Aid, FA Safeguarding Children.

Stephen Rushforth

Stephen has been with the Foundation for 2 years since joining us via the In Communities Open Field Project.  As well as football coaching, he is involved with our Lottery funded Heritage Project and our Sutton Housing Project. 
Qualifications:  FA Level 1, FA Emergency Aid, FA Safeguarding Children.

Casual coaches

As well as our permanent members of staff, we also employ a team of dedicated, highly regarded and professional coaches on a casual basis, all of whom are qualified to a minimum of FA Level 2 (one of whom is FA Level 3 and AFPE qualified), have qualified in FA Emergency Aid and FA Safeguarding children, and have enhanced DBS checks.

These coaches support the Community Foundation with all our work in and after schools and with the holiday coaching camps.

Billy Bantam

Our mascot, Billy Bantam, is a regular at our sponsored Billy Bantam Penalty Shoot Outs and can also be seen on match days on the pitch.
He is of course a fully qualified in coaching football to minimum FA Level 1, is qualified in FA Emergency Aid and FA Safeguarding Children, and has an enhanced DBS check. 

The Office

To help with the administration of the day to day running of such a busy Community Foundation and NCS programme, Ian has a group of office staff, based at our Valley Parade ground, to help him in performing key administrative tasks for the Foundation. We also have a dedicated NCS team who support in the successful delivery of this programme.

Community Volunteers

Bradford City FC runs a volunteer programme for disabled young people and adults, supported by volunteer parents and carers. Nominated in 2017 as FA Best Inclusive Project in the West Riding, the community volunteer scheme offers opportunities to be involved in match day activities.  These include flag waving, bucket collections and charity pin badge selling. It offers employment opportunities and experience placements within BCFC and supports adapted education courses. Some volunteers also work in the community in schools and are undertaking their FA Level 1 football coaching qualification on a specific inclusive course designed for them. For more details on our disability programme, 'Bantams Breaking Barriers' please see www.bradfordcitydfc.co.uk
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