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BullBuilder Coaches’ Q&A on Monday

A further reminder that Bradford Bulls Supporters Trust, BullBuilder, are hosting a Q&A session at Odsal tomorrow (Monday 24th November) at 7pm to give fans the opportunity to meet and ask questions of the new Head of Youth John Bastian and Under 19s Coach Matt Diskin. Head Coach James Lowes will also be in attendance. We also hope that Karl Harrison will be present.

The Q&A will take place at the Coral Stand beginning at 7pm and finishing at 9pm. The event is open to BullBuilder members and non-members.

It’s still possible for fans to submit their own questions to the coaches. Please Email info@BullBuilder.co.uk and we’ll do our best to make sure that your question gets asked!

Put your questions to the Bulls’ coaching team

We recently announced that BullBuilder would host a Q&A session with James Lowes, John Bastian and Matt Diskin from the Bulls’ coaching team. As advertised, this will take place in the Coral Stand, Odsal, on Monday 24th November at 7:00 PM.

However, if you are unable to attend, or if you simply want to give your question the best chance of being asked, you can send it in beforehand, to info@bullbuilder.co.uk, and we will do our best to make sure that it’s included.

For all BullBuilder members who have renewed membership for the 2015 season, your BullBuilder membership cards should be available on the night. For all others, there will be a chance to renew your membership or to join on the night. Please note that you will need to be a member to take part in our Annual General Meeting, expected to take place toward the end of January 2015. For membership options, please see http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/join/.

BullBuilder to Host Q&A Session with Coaching Staff

Bradford Bulls Supporters Trust BullBuilder are to host a Question and Answer session at Odsal on Monday 24th November at 7pm to give fans the opportunity to meet and ask questions of the new Head of Youth John Bastian and Under 19s Coach Matt Diskin.   Head Coach James Lowes will also be in attendance.

John Bastian with members of the BullBuilder committee

John Bastian with members of the BullBuilder committee

The Q&A  is being held to allow supporters to find out more about the club’s philosophy for developing young players and understand how they might play a part by joining BullBuilder. 

BullBuilder Chairman Mike Farren explained:   “Having met John Bastian recently we were very encouraged to see how passionate he is about developing young players and he was keen to work closely with us at BullBuilder to further that aim.     Having him and Matt Diskin available to answer fans questions is a great opportunity to find out more about the academy coaching team’s plans and how youth development is key to the club’s future.”

Bulls Head of Youth John Bastian said “Having worked with supporters groups in the past at Warrington I’ve seen the benefits they can bring and am keen to work closely with BullBuilder to help develop the Bulls academy players.   I’d urge fans to come along, ask questions and get involved with BullBuilder.   Bradford has a great academy and it can be even better with your continued support.”

The Q&A will take place at the Coral Stand beginning at 7pm and finishing at 9pm.   The event is open to Bullbuilder members and non-members.

BullBuilder Links Up with New Head of Youth

John Bastian with members of the BullBuilder committee

John Bastian with members of the BullBuilder committee

Bradford Bulls Supporters Trust BullBuilder will soon be announcing some major news on upcoming events following a highly productive meeting with new Bulls Head of Youth John Bastian last week.

BullBuilder Chairman Mike Farren said “John came along to our committee meeting last week where we exchanged ideas.    He told us about his coaching philosophy and his plans for the academy and we explained how we had helped the club in the past and how we might continue to do that.    It was very informative and we look forward to having a very productive relationship.”

BullBuilder has in the past funded new floodlights, training skins and an outward bound weekend for the academy team and is hoping to work with the club to provide further support above and beyond what the club already provides.

Mike Farren said “We intend to hold an event very soon open to BullBuilder members and non-members who can find out more about what the club is doing to support and develop the academy and how they can play a part by supporting BullBuilder.   Producing and holding onto our own players has never been more important and we see BullBuilder as integral to helping fulfil that aim.

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.

BullBuilder Joining in the Bradford Sleep Out

Bullbuilder Committee Member Paul Butterworth will be hoping for a mild night on November 6th when he will join Robbie Hunter Paul and members of the Bulls First team squad to bed down for the night in the open at the Provident Stadium.

Paul will be raising funds for the Bradford Bulls Foundation and the charity Centrepoint who are the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people, supporting 16-25 years olds with housing, learning, health and life skills.  Centrepoint work with more than 300 homeless young people in the Bradford area.   Funds raised will be divided equally with the Bradford Bulls Foundation, who use the power of sport to educate, motivate and inspire the local community with sport and education.

Paul said “Thinking about homeless people sleeping outside over the forthcoming winter and knowing about the fantastic work the Bradford Bulls Foundation do made me want to do something to help.  I’d like to thank everyone who has sponsored me so far for your support and very kind donations.  They are very much appreciated.”

Bullbuilder chairman Mike Farren said “It’s great that the Bulls have supported this initiative from Centrepoint who are a very deserving cause.  As the official Bradford  Bulls supporters trust we had to get on board.   I hope Paul has a warm sleeping bag!”

You can support Paul by making a donation at his Just Giving Page at https://sleepout2014-bradford.everydayhero.com/uk/paul or you can even take part yourself.  Further details are available on the Bulls’ website or by dialing 01274 200 500.

Paul said “It certainly is well outside comfort zone and takes me back over 50 years when I went camping on Baildon Moor with the scouts!”

To find out more about Bullbuilder visit www.bullbuilder.co.uk

Thanks to all our supporters, from BullBuilder

Now that the season has ended, plenty at Odsal may be glad to see the back of 2014. Following uncertainty at the start of the year and its knock-on effect on the team’s performances, resulting in relegation for the first time in decades, there is plenty to forget about this season.

However, despite the club’s troubles, there is a sense that a corner has been turned and that 2014 might eventually be viewed as the start of a new period of success, with a committed management, new ideas, a new coach and a promising squad in the process of being assembled.

At BullBuilder, we share this new found enthusiasm, and look upon 2014 as the year when we returned to full activity, helping to carve out a bright future for the club through its young players.

“We have seen a very successful re-launch, a dynamic new committee with new ideas, and the first of what should be many popular fund-raising events,” said BullBuilder chairman, Mike Farren. “However, the most gratifying thing has been how people have appreciated what we have been trying to do, have supported us and helped our efforts.”

So, it’s a big ‘thank-you’ to all of the following people!

Primarily, thanks to all our loyal members who have provided financial backing, allowing us to pursue our aims in raising money to support the junior teams.

Thanks to everyone who attended our public meetings and the Race Night event in July, making it such a great success. Thanks also to the sponsors who helped fund the event, and the volunteers who made it run smoothly.

Thanks to all who sold Golden Gamble tickets and donated their commission to BullBuilder – also those who have sold their crafts for BullBuilder funds.

Thanks to everyone who has served on the BullBuilder committee for their time and energy, and to those who have helped via their own expertise.

Thanks to those at the club who have given their time to meet, encourage and support us, and work with us, particularly the new board, and Richard Tunningley, the Academy coach. We would like to wish Richard and those colleagues of his who have moved on all the best in their future careers. We would also like to say how much we are looking forward to working with John Bastian and Matt Diskin.

Finally, thanks to all players at all levels who have put their bodies on the line for our entertainment. They are, of course, what it’s all about for supporters – like us!

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.

BullBuilder to Present ‘Rookie of the Year’ Award

Members of the BullBuilder Committee, along with their guests, will take a table at the Bradford Bulls’ End of Season Ball.

The event, now sold out, will also be the occasion for the presentation of awards for the 2014 season, and BullBuilder will be involved here as well, presenting the under-19 squad’s ‘Rookie of the Year Award’.

“The purpose of the Rookie of the Year award,” said BullBuilder Chairman, Mike Farren, “is to celebrate the overall development of a young player – not just his playing development. The club has always been rightly proud of developing rounded characters through the Academy, and we at BullBuilder are right behind them on this.”

Factors such as attitude in training, involvement in the team, progress in studies, general character and demeanour have all been taken into account in making this award, with input coming primarily from the Academy coaching staff.

“It’s a great privilege to be able to present this award,” continued Farren, “but we are also looking to enjoy the event along with the rest of the Bulls’ fans. The End of Season Ball is a fantastic innovation, and we are pleased to be able to contribute to it, both as paying guests, contributing to the club’s coffers for next season’s promotion push, and as active participants, recognising the great efforts made over the season by players from the Academy.”

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.

BullBuilder Sends 4 to Bulls Foundation Camps

The recently completed Bulls Foundation Summer Camps, held during the school holidays in July and August, proved a great success in teaching rugby skills to children from 6 to 14. Thanks to BullBuilder, four disadvantaged children were given the chance to attend these camps.

Bullbuilder chairman Mike Farren said “Though we at BullBuilder focus mainly on the Bulls’ Academy, we are also interested in developing the Rugby League community throughout Bradford and the surrounding area. The more children there are playing Rugby League, the greater the pool that the Academy can select from – and the greater the chance of finding the stars of the future!”

Two of the places were funded directly by BullBuilder Board members, while money for the other two came from BullBuilder reserves. However, to ensure absolute fairness, the selection of worthy candidates was done by club pastor, Warren Evans.

“We worked previously with Warren, when administering the Hardship Fund during the administration of 2012,” said Farren. “We were aware of his trustworthiness. He was the ideal person to bring discretion and even-handedness to the process.”

You can read more about the Summer Camps at http://www.bullsfoundation.org/2014/08/foundation-celebrating-summer-of-success/.

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.

Academy Products Sign up to Bright Bulls Future

News that a number of academy products, including four recent graduates, have signed new 1st team contracts is another shot in the arm for the club, the academy and Bullbuilder. Alex Mellor, Nathan Conroy and Sam Bates have all had a taste of 1st team action and seen their pictures appear on the board of graduates at the Training Centre at Tong and Adam Brook will surely be adding his picture soon. Those of you that have seen these players in action will know what rich potential they have.

Board showing Academy graduates who have played in Super League

Board showing Academy graduates who have played in Super League

Bullbuilder chairman Mike Farren said “It’s very pleasing indeed to see Alex, Nathan, Sam and Adam sign new deals with the club. It’s reward for their hard work and talent and must be very satisfying for the staff to see them come through. I look forward to seeing them – and others – make an impact in the first team in 2015.”

Considering the upheaval of recent seasons, the fact that the academy is rated as the best in Yorkshire is something we can be proud of and need to shout from the rooftops. It’s a testament to the staff at the club who’ve not allowed events in the recent past to distract them. These signings show the system bearing fruit. Bullbuilder will be ensuring that this production line continues to be supported and is in the process of organising a number of events to do just that.

The great Wigan coach of the 90s John Monie said in his biography that out of each academy intake he had at Wigan only 2 or 3 could expect to make it 1st team action and only one of those might become a regular 1st team player, let alone an international. That was when Wigan monopolised the best young talent in the country. Looking at the number of Bulls academy players that have gone on to achieve great things this shows what a valuable resource it is.

Now that the club has a stable set up off field the academy can develop without the distraction of off field matters. Who knows what it can go on to achieve?

Mike Farren said “Bullbuilder will continue to provide the special “extras” to enhance young player development and continue to make Bradford Bulls the outstanding academy in Yorkshire and become the best in the country. We would like to thank our members for the financial, organisational and moral support they contribute!”

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.