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The Bradford Bulls Supporters Trust

BullBuilder - The Bradford Bulls Supporters Trust

Under-19s Get into Winning Ways – and YOU Can Encourage them to Greater Success!

After several promising performances, the Bulls’ Under-19 team recorded their first league victory at the weekend, overcoming London Broncos by 29 points to 16 away from home.

With seven further matches to come in the first phase of the Academy Championship, beginning with a fixture away to the Huddersfield Giants this weekend, there is plenty of time for the young squad really to hit their straps and make their mark before the second phase of fixtures begins.

To encourage the lads to even greater efforts, BullBuilder recently started a new scheme, open to members and non-members alike. We asked fans to pledge to make a donation to BullBuilder to the tune of 5p per point scored during the 12 matches of the first phase of Academy Championship matches by the Bulls’ Under-19 team! As a guideline, in the opening five matches (up to and including the game against London), the Bulls have scored a total of 81 points, and there are 7 more matches to go. To sweeten the deal, there will be a prize of 25% of the pot for the person whose guess is nearest the mark (if there is a tie, the prize money will be shared). So far, we have received estimates ranging from 138 to 225 points.

However, because the season is well under way, we will shortly have to call a halt to new estimates. You have until the end of March 2015 to register your guess and be eligible for the award. We will update the total on our website http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/.

To register your involvement, please send your name and your guess for how many points will be scored in the 12 league games to info@bullbuilder.co.uk, or write to Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Ltd, Suite 2 Buttershaw Works, Buttershaw Lane, Bradford, BD6 2DD.

All donations will, of course, be used to support junior rugby at the club!

If you want to help shape the future of the club, you can join or re-join BullBuilder by visiting our website at http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/join/. For more information, please Email us at info@bullbuilder.co.uk or write to us at Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Ltd, Suite 2 Buttershaw Works, Buttershaw Lane, Bradford, BD6 2DD.

Camcorder donation makes juniors the stars of the show

Once again, BullBuilder, the Bradford Bulls’ supporters’ trust, has contributed a valuable piece of equipment to enable coaching staff at the club to work ever more efficiently.

Head of Youth John Bastian requested a camcorder to enable the recording of young players in training, to allow the coaching staff to illustrate points for the players to work on and develop as they go through the season – and BullBuilder board member Jen Bennison was able to help him.

John Bastian said, “We’re very pleased with the group of young players we’ve assembled this year. Matt Diskin is working closely with them and giving expert advice. The effect is plain to see, as they have grown in stature with every game. No matter how good the coaching, though, being able to see in action the points that the coach is making, will bring the message home so much more clearly. Being able to record and play back their performances will be an invaluable advantage as we continue to develop the current and future squads.”

“It’s a good feeling to be able to contribute directly to the club in this way, as a supporter and a member of BullBuilder,” said Jen, who has been a BullBuilder board member for the past year. “John came to us requesting a camcorder, and I had a recent model that I was unlikely to use, so it made sense to donate it to the good of the club. I donated the camcorder in memory of my late husband, Mick, who bought it but never had a chance to use it, and who was a Bulls fanatic. I know it will be used effectively by our coaching staff to develop young players – and that’s what BullBuilder is all about!”

Head of youth, John Bastian, receives camcorder from BullBuilder board member, Jen Bennison.

Head of youth, John Bastian, receives camcorder from BullBuilder board member, Jen Bennison.

BullBuilder has recently funded a number of donations from funds raised through events and membership subscriptions. The Trust has provided a trailer for the transportation of training ground maintenance, and a printer for the exclusive use of the junior squads’ coaching teams, as well as funding team building events.

Chairman Mike Farren said, “These extras make all the difference, not only to the development of young players, but also to the recruitment and retention of future squads. Knowing that the fans are behind them and contributing to their future success makes these players feel part of the Bulls’ ‘family’”.

You can be a part of it too, by joining or re-joining BullBuilder. Just visit our website at http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/join/, or contact us at Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Ltd, Suite 2 Buttershaw Works, Buttershaw Lane, Bradford, BD6 2DD.

Matty Stableford wins inaugural BullBuilder ‘Player of the Month’ award

Matty Stableford, the Bulls’ Under-19 second-row forward, was the winner of the inaugural BullBuilder Player of the Month award for February. He was presented with his medal by BullBuilder chairman, Mike Farren at half-time during the first team’s game against Hunslet.

Matty Stableford receives the February award from Chairman, Mike Farren

Matty Stableford receives the February award from Chairman, Mike Farren

Mike Farren explained, “BullBuilder, the club’s Supporters’ Trust, has invested heavily in resources for young players, with recent grants for a trailer for ground maintenance, a printer, a video camera and team building events. More will follow, but we also felt it was important to feed back to the young players the extent to which the fans are behind them and appreciate their efforts on the pitch. A Player of the Month award seemed like the ideal way to acknowledge this.”

The award is judged by Under-19s coach Matt Diskin and is based not just on playing form, but also on a number of criteria relating to positive values and behaviours. As Bulls’ Head of Youth, John Bastian put it, “Matty is a good professional. He works hard and sets a good example to the younger players in the squad.”

The award will be presented every month during the season, with an overall 2015 prize, which it is hoped will form part of the Bulls’ end of season awards. Matty said, “I’m very proud to be the first winner of the player of the month.

Meanwhile, BullBuilder has started a new scheme, open to members and non-members alike. We would like you to pledge to make a donation to BullBuilder to the tune of 5p per point scored during the first phase of Academy Championship matches by the Bulls’ Under-19 team! As a guideline, in the opening four matches (up to and including the game against Leeds Rhinos), the Bulls have scored a total of 52 points, and there are 8 more matches to go.

However, this isn’t just a sponsorship request: there will be a prize of 25% of the pot for the person whose guess is nearest the mark (if there is a tie, the prize money will be shared).

To register your involvement, please send your name and your guess for how many points will be scored in the 12 league games to info@bullbuilder.co.uk, or write to Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Ltd, Suite 2 Buttershaw Works, Buttershaw Lane, Bradford, BD6 2DD. You have until the end of March 2015 to register your guess and be eligible for the award. We will update the total on our website http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/.

We hope this will be a fun way for supporters to feel even more involved with the Under-19 squad’s matches, while encouraging the lads to keep rattling up the points, in the knowledge that they the donations they generate will all be used to support junior rugby at the club.

If you want to help shape the future of the club, you can join or re-join BullBuilder by visiting our website at http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/join/. For more information, please Email us at info@bullbuilder.co.uk or write to us at Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Ltd, Suite 2 Buttershaw Works, Buttershaw Lane, Bradford, BD6 2DD.

A Whole New ‘Point’ to Under-19 Fixtures

Just like the first team, it will be necessary for our extremely promising Under-19 squad to get to know each other and to gel as a unit. In spite of a couple of league defeats against Super League opposition, there are already plenty of promising signs. In their most recent fixture, a solitary try was the difference between the Bulls and the mighty Wigan, while the previous week, they saw off the Catalan Dragons in a friendly.

As you will be aware, BullBuilder provides extensive support to the junior squads at the Bulls. At the first team’s match against Hunslet, we presented the inaugural Under-19 Player of the Month award to Matthew Stableford during the half-time interval. We will also shortly be announcing significant new donations that will help the players and the coaching staff to function even more efficiently and successfully.

Enjoying a meal with coach Matt Diskin after the BullBuilder-funded bowling event

Enjoying a meal with coach Matt Diskin after the BullBuilder-funded bowling event

However, in addition to all the equipment and other support that we provide, we’re always looking for ways to encourage the club’s young players to bigger and better things.

For this reason, we are starting a new scheme, open to BullBuilder members and non-members alike. We would like you to pledge to make a donation to BullBuilder to the tune of 5p per point scored during Academy Championship matches by the Bulls’ Under-19 team! As a guideline, in the opening two matches, the Bulls have scored a total of 14 points, and there are 9 more matches to go.

However, this isn’t just a sponsorship request: there will be a prize of 25% of the pot for the person whose guess is nearest the mark (if there is a tie, the prize money will be shared).

To register your involvement, please send your name and your guess for how many points will be scored in the 11 league games to info@bullbuilder.co.uk, or write to Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Ltd, Suite 2 Buttershaw Works, Buttershaw Lane, Bradford, BD6 2DD. You have until the end of March 2015 to register your guess and be eligible for the award. We will keep the total updated on our website http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/.

We hope this will be a fun way for supporters to feel even more involved with the Under-19 squad’s matches, while encouraging the lads to keep rattling up the points, in the knowledge that they the donations they generate will all be used to support junior rugby at the club.

You can join or re-join BullBuilder by visiting our website at http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/join/.

Bulls’ Under-19 Academy Fixtures Released

Bradford Bulls’ Under-19 Academy fixtures have now been released. You can find them here. Starting with a game this Saturday (7/2/2015) away to Widnes at 2:00PM, the team will face a high standard of opposition, clashing with the Academies of mostly Super League teams.

BullBuilder continues to invest in the development of young players at Academy level and younger, and several of our board members attempt to get to as many Academy matches as possible. It would be great if you could join them and show the level of support for youth Rugby League among the Bradford fans!

Would you like to join BullBuilder at the Bulls Ball?

BullBuilder, the Bradford Bulls’ Supporters’ Trust, will be attending the Bulls Ball on Saturday 7th February, and expects to take one or more tables there. If you would like to attend, or if you already have a ticket and would like to join the BullBuilder table, you can do so, but you will need to let us know by close of business on Monday 2nd February!

If you are interested in joining the BullBuilder table, please get in touch with Paul Butterworth by Email, at bullmansboy@gmail.com

BullBuilder provide All in One Solution for Academy

Academy coaching staff at Bradford Bulls no longer have to travel to Odsal to perform admin tasks thanks to BullBuilder, who have purchased the Academy a brand new “all in one” printing device.

Academy chief John Bastian with new printer, provided by BullBuilder.

Academy chief John Bastian with new printer, provided by BullBuilder.

The “all in one” printer allows staff to print out and scan documents and make photocopies. BullBuilder Chairman Mike Farren said “We had a request from John Bastian who said that such a device would make his staff’s lives much easier and make their work far more efficient. Until now staff would have to go to Odsal to do things like scan documents or perform large print jobs. Now they have a device dedicated for their use only that is based in their office at Tong.”
Academy coach John Bastian said “The coaching staff are very grateful to BullBuilder and the members that contribute monies to them to make these kind of donations possible. This equipment is invaluable for printing information for players that might relate to player performance or training plans. It will also save time and money as it allows us to scan documents on the premises without having to go to the office at Odsal to do it, which took up valuable time. We also get a lot of information from the RFL and other bodies that often requires printed copies. We now have the equipment to service these needs.”
BullBuilder will shortly be publicising details of events taking place in 2015. Bulls fans wishing find out more can visit the BullBuilder website at http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/ or write to BullBuilder, Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Ltd, Suite 2 Buttershaw Works, Buttershaw Lane, Bradford, BD6 2DD.

BullBuilder AGM Reminder

We would just like to remind everyone that the BullBuilder Annual General Meeting is upon us once again. This year, it will be held in Cue Gardens, Stadium Road, Bradford BD6 1BJ, on Wednesday 28 January 2015 at 7:30pm. We encourage you to attend to make your voice and opinions heard.

BullBuilder returned to full activity in 2014, but continued uncertainty made it difficult to plan a comprehensive programme of events for the year. However, we still managed to stage a very successful race night during the financial year, as well as a meet-the-coaches night in November.

Additionally, during  the  financial  year  in  question,  we made  two  grants, presenting a DVD copier to the club to enable individual Academy players to study their performances and game plans, and providing funds to enable four young people to attend training sessions organised by the Bulls Foundation. Since the year, we have donated £1,500 to fund the purchase of an equipment trailer. We have also funded a team‐building session for the Academy squad in the form of a bowling night followed by a meal, provided the food at an end of year Academy players’ day, and have donated a dedicated printer for the Academy’s requirements.

We can, of course, only do these things with your support, which is why we are encouraging you to attend the AGM. All current members are welcome, and it will be possible to pick up your 2015 membership cards at the event. We look forward to seeing you there.

Christmas team-building for the Bulls’ Academy – courtesy of BullBuilder

Academy Bowling Evening

Academy Bowling Evening

As preparations for the 2015 season continue, BullBuilder – the Bradford Bulls’ Supporters’ Trust – brought the Academy squad together for team building session, just in time for Christmas.

A night of ten-pin bowling, followed by a meal together was great fun for all involved, but the importance went far beyond that! As the Bulls’ Under-19 coach, Matt Diskin, put it, “The event hosted by BullBuilder was a great opportunity for our young academy players to get to know each other a little better away from the rigours of the training field; it achieved this tenfold. It was a fantastic night which allowed the players to interact with members of the Bull Builder board and understand what and how the Trust assists with the development of the club’s youth players. On behalf of the squad I would like to thank Bull Builder for the great company they provided and team building they helped us achieve.”

Members of the BullBuilder board were also present, and the players invited board members and coaching staff onto their teams and struck up a rapport as the evening went on.

Under-19 player Mikey Paul said, “The whole ethos has changed since Matt and co. took over. We only normally see each other in training, but socialising means we can bond as a team and it sets a great platform for the 2015 season.” Recent recruit Caanan Smithies was also delighted, stating that, “Being involved in events like this, when I’m so new to the club, will assist me to integrate into the team quicker, as you introduce new aspects of your personality in a social setting and learn more about each other.”

The bowling itself was a very close run thing. Mathew Stableford had lead until the seventh frame, when Ethan Ryan took the lead to secure the trophy. Ethan said, “It was great to win! It’s important we participate in activities like this outside of the training room and we are all grateful to BullBuilder for enabling activities like this to happen.”

Academy team gets ready to compete

Academy team gets ready to compete

Before leaving for the evening the lads went round all board members to thank BullBuilder and all its members.

Board member Roy Dawson said, “It was great to meet the academy players in the less formal setting offered by this event. Seeing how well the young men interacted with others demonstrated just how much respect they have for each other, their coaching staff the general public. I was impressed with how this group of young men came across as very able ambassadors of Bradford Bulls and the sport of Rugby League in general. Building a successful team in any organisation is vital to its success.”

Enjoying a post-bowling meal with coach Matt Diskin

Enjoying a post-bowling meal with coach Matt Diskin

BullBuilder recently announced that its AGM will take place on Wednesday 28 January 2015 at 7:30pm. The venue will be Cue Gardens, Pearson Road, Bradford BD6 1BJ. If you want to take part in the AGM, or just be part of the Trust, as it raises funds to make events like this one possible and to help shape the future of the club, you can join or re-join BullBuilder by visiting our website at http://www.BullBuilder.co.uk/. For more information, please Email us at info@BullBuilder.co.uk or write to us at Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Ltd, Suite 2 Buttershaw Works, Buttershaw Lane, Bradford, BD6 2DD.

We want to keep in touch with you!

BullBuilder has just set the date for the 2015 AGM. It will be held at 7:00PM on Wednesday 28 January, at Cue Gardens, Stadium Mills, Stadium Road, Bradford, BD6 1BJ.

We will be sending out notice of the AGM over the next few days, but we want to make sure that we reach all our members.

If you are a BullBuilder member and you might have changed your Email, postal address or other contact details since you last contacted us, could you please update us? You can do so by Emailing us at info@bullbuilder.co.uk or writing to us at Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Ltd, Suite 2 Buttershaw Works, Buttershaw Lane, Bradford, BD6 2DD.

The AGM will give members the chance to shape the future for BullBuilder in 2015 and beyond. There will also be the chance to stand for the board, as we are aware that there will be some vacancies. To stand for the board – and to attend and vote at the AGM – you will need to be a current member. To join or re-join, please go to http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/join/, or write to us at the above address.

About the venue, BullBuilder chairman, Mike Farren said, “We would have liked to hold the AGM in the Coral Stand, but the club made us aware that there is a significant cost to opening the stand, particularly in Winter. Understandably, they do not want to lose money on what should be a money-making facility. This left us with a choice, either to use a significant amount of the money donated by our members and supporters to underwrite the meeting, or to take it elsewhere. As the money was donated with the express intention of supporting junior rugby at the club, we want to ensure that it is used as effectively as possible for that purpose. Cue Gardens is convenient for Odsal, and is known to fans. We’re confident that the AGM will be handsomely accommodated there.”

Speaking of supporting junior rugby at the club, BullBuilder will be funding a team-building evening for the under-19 squad, including leisure activities and a meal, next week. Look out for details of the event!