CityFibre, the Bradford-based broadband infrastructure provider, has come on board to back our bid to become UK City of Culture 2025.

CityFibre is currently investing £75m in Bradford as part of a four-year full fibre network roll-out across the city, due to be completed by 2025.

The company recently announced a collaboration with Bradford-based Impact Gamers, a community interest company that uses game making to engage young people and build digital skills, to launch Level Up!, a six-week game-making course being piloted at Bowling Park Primary School in Bradford.

‘It’s fantastic to have CityFibre on board – their investment in Bradford will be absolutely game-changing for the city,’ said Shanaz Gulzar, Chair of Bradford 2025. ‘Young people, like those we saw today at Bowling Park Primary, are growing up as digital natives for whom the internet and other modern information technologies penetrate every area of their lives. We want to nurture these skills and create more opportunities for young people in the city who could be future coders, programmers, digital artists and more. The UK City of Culture title is all about aspiration and empowerment. This is exactly the impact we want to have on our young people – creating a cultural programme that showcases Bradford as a modern, digitally creative city.’

Kim Johnston, CityFibre & Shanaz Gulzar, Bradford 2025 visit Bowling Park Primary. Photo: Tim Smith.

Our investment in Bradford goes beyond simply implementing the full fibre infrastructure. We want to ensure those who live and work here get the most from their internet connection and the endless possibilities full fibre opens up. At the heart of this is helping young people learn the skills they need to navigate and succeed in the digital world, and it was fantastic to visit the students and see, first-hand, their enthusiasm and creativity. The fact that our state-of-the-art digital infrastructure will be in place in time for the year of culture just adds to Bradford’s potential to host a world-class cultural celebration, and we’re thrilled to be supporting its bid.”