Throughout their 56-year history Bradford-based Campion AFC have played a central role in their community.

Today, the club is no different.

Based just two miles from the centre of one of the UK’s most diverse cities, Campion embodies the multi-cultural nature of its surroundings. 

“During the 35 years of my involvement, because of the area we are based in we have always been a multi-cultural club,” explains long-time volunteer Andrew Shepherd, who also sits on the club’s committee.

“It’s always been about wearing the colour of the shirt rather than the colour of anyone’s skin. Everyone is always welcome.”

Like many non-league volunteers, Andrew can’t put an exact title on his work at Campion. He mucks in anywhere and everywhere as part of a committee of ten people. They are supported by six other unsung heroes, who help out when needed. Nobody takes any money home for their involvement.

“If someone told me 35 years ago how much stress and heartache it would involve I would have thought twice, but it gets in your blood,” he says.

“It’s getting harder year-on-year trying to run the club, and competing with other local clubs when your best players get tapped up.”

When the stadium isn’t being used by the team, it plays host to junior football sides, pensioner's groups and slimming clubs, among others. It’s a hub of activity for the area and put to use around the clock.

“We do try and do as much as possible to let the local community use the facility,” says Andrew.

And Campion will be opening their doors once again next weekend for Non League Day. Despite their modest resources, they are pulling out all the stops.

“We’re just trying to make it a diverse day, we want it to be really enjoyable,” Andrew says.

“We’ve got 40 former players coming down to share their memories over the years and celebrate what we are.”

The club are offering free entry to everyone and will be giving out free season tickets to encourage people to come back regularly.

They’re hoping for a gate of 300, far more than their average home attendance of 75.

Two local junior sides will lead the teams out, with more youth teams from the area also invited. A dance group will also provide entertainment at half time, and Afro-Caribbean food will be on sale.

ITV Calendar are also hoping to film part of the day as part of a feature on how sport in Bradford can be used to break down barriers between different communities.

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