Bradford College played host to a piece of famous sporting silverware.
The ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy visited the College as part of a nationwide tour in the run-up to this year’s Cricket World Cup, which takes place at 11 venues across England and Wales this summer.
Hundreds of students got the chance to see the iconic trophy up close and have their photos taken with it.
Among the students keen to get a selfie with the silverware were members of the College’s burgeoning cricket team, many of whom have been selected to act as flagbearers for the World Cup matches scheduled to take place at Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds, the home of Yorkshire Cricket.
Neel Mistry, a Level 3 Sports student at the college who will be one of the flagbearers, said: “It was amazing to have the trophy here – a real once in a lifetime opportunity for someone like me who is a huge cricket fan.
“I am really looking forward to the World Cup starting and being part of it at Headingley.”
Also posing with the trophy was business student Jasmin Akter who, before acting as a flagbearer for the games at Headingley, will play for England in the Street Child Cricket World Cup.
“It is such a privilege to have the trophy in College,” she said.
“It is going to be an exciting summer being involved in both world cups.”
Representatives of the Breaking Boundaries project, which works to bring together young people through cricket, were also present.
Laura Purcell, Breaking Boundaries’ Community Activator for Bradford, said: “Breaking Boundaries is a project trying to promote community cohesion through young people.
“We have been working with the College to set up a mixed ability team and a number of students are Community Champions for us.
“It is great to see people from different communities coming together and enjoying cricket.”
Nasa Hussain, Core Cities Development Officer for Bradford at Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, has also been working with the College to increase awareness, appreciation and participation in cricket among the diverse student population.
“As someone born and bred in Bradford who loves cricket, to have the World Cup trophy in the city is amazing and makes me proud,” he said.
“My role is to grow participation in Bradford so to see cricket starting to flourish in Bradford College is wonderful.
“The College team includes players who are new to cricket and others with more experience.
“There are eight different nationalities in the team - English, Afghanistani, Pakistani, Zimbabwean, Italian, Spanish, Indian and Bangladeshi - and males and females, which shows how the sport can bring people together.”
As well as the trophy, a number of other activities were organised the celebrate the trophy’s visit, including a flash mob dance performance with Punjabi Roots Academy in collaboration with Performing Arts students, face-painting and All Stars Cricket games.
The ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour, driven by Nissan, is on a 100-day tour of England and Wales and will be at over 100 locations and events before arriving back in London ready for the opening match on May 30.