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BullBuilder Donations Add Up!

BullBullder, fresh from the success of the Dinnertime in the Park event on 3 June, have added further monies toward the Bulls Academy. The Supporters Trust ran a “penny a point” competition for supporters to guess how many points the U19s would score in games and funds raised will add around £100 to the £1000 already raised this month.

Funds will get a further boost on 15 July when BullBuilder host a Race night at The Northern pub on Halifax Road. Admission is £5 including a hot supper. Places can be reserved by visiting https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/race-nig … 7354102588 or you can buy tickets from behind the bar at the Northern.

BullBuilder will be inviting a number of ex-players and academy players along on the night. BullBuilder chairman Sam Grundy said: “Race nights are always good fun and our last event was a big success with over 100 people coming along. Anyone that fancies a fun evening that also goes toward helping the academy lads should come along. At £5 a head including hot supper it’s a bargain.”

BullBuilder will soon be announcing where funds will be spent, Sam Grundy commented “We’re always in touch with John Bastian and his team and we’ll be making a very sizeable donation soon for a very specialised piece of equipment that is for use by the academy and scholarship players. We’ll be announcing that very soon.”

Head of Youth at the Bulls John Bastian said “BullBuilder continues to provide us with amazing support and we’re very grateful to them. Developing and keeping our junior talent is vital for the club as we move forward. BullBuilder helps provide things that attract new players and keep others who may hopefully have good careers with us. I’d urge more fans to get involved with BullBuilder.”

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’s Summertime Dinner in the Park Hailed a Great Success

BullBuilder’s Summertime Dinner in the Park was a massive success at Bradford’s Pavilion Café last week, raising a four figure sum and giving fans the chance to mingle with big names from the club’s illustrious history. The Bradford Bulls’ Supporters’ Trust, attracted star players from the Bulls’ and Northern’s past, such as Deryck Fox, Phil Hepworth, Leon Pryce and Robbie Hunter-Paul, not to mention honorary BullBuilder President, Henry Paul.

President Henry Paul with BullBuilder's newest recruit

President Henry Paul with BullBuilder’s newest recruit

The dinner itself, a delicious buffet with a mixture of Mediterranean, English and Indian food, was attended by over 50 fans alongside the ex-player, while an auction of memorabilia, conducted by Simon Foster, son of the legendary Trevor, helped raise invaluable funds that will go to support young players at the club.

BullBuilder’s Michael Barker, who organised the event, said, “It’s great to see Bulls fans getting together in support of their team, in the heart of the club’s home city. The greats who attended tonight are a reminder of the great history of the club, and it’s wonderful to see the enthusiasm they have for building the future, through the development of the academy.”

Simon Foster and BullBuilder's memorabilia auction.

Simon Foster and BullBuilder’s memorabilia auction.

BullBuilder Chairman, Sam Grundy, picked up on this, saying, “Tonight was positive in so many ways, and we’re really pleased with how much people have enjoyed themselves and how much we have been able to raise. This, though, is only the start. We are constantly being challenged by John Bastian to raise funds to support the all-important extras for young players at the club. He currently has a piece of equipment in mind, aimed specifically at young players. The funds we raised tonight will go toward this, but we need to make an equally great success of our next event.”

This next event will be one of BullBuilder’s hugely popular race nights, to be held at the Northern Pub in Halifax Road on Wednesday, 15 July. Sam Grundy said, “Our last race night was great fun and a great fund-raising success. We had a crowd of well over 100, so it would be a good idea to reserve your place early!” Tickets are £5, and you can buy them from the club’s ticket office, from The Northern Pub or by contacting us, using the addresses below.

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.

Bulls Fan Judith Knits for Academy Success

The game versus Doncaster was one to remember for Bulls fan and BullBuilder member Judith Boyes, as she was pitch-side to present the latest Under 19 player of the month award at halftime. This, though, is just the latest example of how she’s got involved with helping the club.

Judith, a fan since the late 1950s said “I went to my first game in the late 1950s as a young girl and would come on my bike with my late sister Mary. Even though the team struggled a bit I much preferred rugby league to football.   I saw the team regularly up until they folded and some games after they reformed but by then had a family to bring up so lost touch.”

“I started to come back regularly in 2013 and remember coming back to Odsal and the site of the stadium on match day made me go ‘Wow!’ I’ve been a regular ever since.”

Judith has raised over £500 for BullBuilder and the Bulls Foundation thanks to monies raised thanks to her knitting talents making and selling Bulls themed knitted items from hats to outfits for Bulls teddies.

Some of Judith's home-made Bulls crafts

Some of Judith’s home-made Bulls crafts

“It all began when a lady sitting behind me in the stand commented on the knitted hat I was wearing. It was homemade rather than from the shop and before long lots of people were asking for me to knit them hats. I didn’t charge them much and I made sure proceeds went to the Bulls Foundation at first since I wanted to help the club.”

“When BullBuilder started up again in 2014 I thought they were a good group to donate to since they make sure the money they raise goes to helping the young players in the academy.

“I have quite a production line at home and am looking at doing some new designs this year – it’s a challenge to keep up with demand so I have to keep orders to something manageable. I just like to be able to help the club.”

Judith and friends!

Judith and friends!

“The whole day was great! I had my photo taken with Big Les and another with my favourite player Cloughie! And to crown it all London beating Leigh!”

You can be a part of helping the Academy too, by joining or re-joining BullBuilder. Just visiting 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.

BULLBUILDER GET PROVIDENT BACKING FOR ACADEMY EVENT

BullBuilder, the Bradford Bulls official supporters trust have been boosted by the backing of Bulls official sponsor Provident for their Dinnertime in the Park event taking place in Bradford on Wednesday 3rd June.

The event, which takes place at the Pavilion Café in Centenary Square, will feature a buffet meal and auction of RL memorabilia and other great prizes plus a free prize raffle and a chance to meet a host of ex Bradford greats such as Henry Paul, Deryck Fox and Leon Pryce.

Half of all proceeds will go to BullBuilder who use it to provide financial assistance to the club’s academy teams on top of what is provided by the club. Indian, English and Mediterranean food and drinks will be provided by the Pavilion Café and their partner the award winning Deeva restaurant.

BullBuilder event organiser Michael Barker said “We’re very grateful indeed for the sponsorship Provident are providing. It just goes to show the company’s great commitment to the Bradford Bulls and its youth development. The event is going to be a night to remember.”

The event takes place at the Pavilion Café in Centenary Square at 7pm on 3rd June. Tickets are £20 per person, with £10 of each ticket going to BullBuilder. Tickets are available from the Bulls ticket office (cash only) or Pavilion Café reception or email info@performancedg.com or ring 07958 728490.

Bulls Fan Shows Commitment “To the Max!”

Bradford Bulls can probably claim to have the fan that’s travelled the furthest to attend this weekend’s Summer Bash in Blackpool. Maxwell Green, a Bulls fan for over 20 years has come all the way from Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands, over  8000 miles away in the South Atlantic.

Max said “Given where I live, getting to games is tough, but I go to as many as I can. I thought the Summer Bash was a good event to come up for. I’ll be cheering on the Bulls versus Halifax, and I can’t wait.”

Maxwell Green at Blackpool

Maxwell Green at Blackpool

Max’s father Paul will also be there and he explained that distance is no barrier to his commitment to the Bulls cause. Paul said “Max is a really committed supporter. He’s also, like me, a member of BullBuilder, the Bulls official supporter’s trust, who provide funding for the Bulls Academy Team for those extras over and above what the club provide. He’s sold Golden Gamble tickets before home games too and is a really passionate fan.”

Max said “I just like to do my bit for the club I love. I’d urge others to get involved with BullBuilder if they can as it’s a great way to support the club.    We’ve had some tough times in recent years but now we’re on the up again.”

BullBuilder are hosting a Dinnertime in the Park event at 7pm on Wednesday June 3rd which will feature an auction and raffle accompanied by food and drinks at the Pavilion Café in Centenary Square. A number of ex-Bulls and Northern players will be there.  Tickets are £20 per person, with £10 of each ticket going to BullBuilder. Tickets are available from the Bulls ticket office (cash only) or Pavilion Café reception or email info@performancedg.com or ring 07958 728490.

Bulls “Greats” line up for BullBuilder Event

Bulls fans will get a unique chance to meet three decades worth of club halfbacks at the BullBuilder Dinnertime in the Park event on Wednesday 3rd June. The club’s ex-players association put its weight behind the event after being contacted by BullBuilder, the Bulls’ official supporter’s trust, who provide extra funding for the club’s academy teams.

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Event organiser Michael Barker said “It’s great to have the backing of the ex-players association and we are expecting Deryck Fox, Andy Robinson and Robbie Hunter-Paul to be at the event along with a number of other great ex-players. There will be an auction featuring some really top quality items plus a free prize draw and raffle. Whether people want to bid for things or not it will be a fun event with top quality food and drink all included.”

Also in attendance will be Bulls Head of Youth John Bastian and Under 19s’ coach Matt Diskin plus several of the club’s top academy players.    BullBuilder’s aim is to provide financial assistance to the club’s academy teams on top of what is provided by the club to give the players. Past contributions have taken the form of floodlighting, gym equipment, IT equipment and outward bound courses with the RAF.

John Bastian said “This is shaping up to be a superb event and we’re very grateful to BullBuilder and its members for their continued support. Their contribution has been invaluable in developing our young players, some of whom will go on to become first teamers in years to come.”

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The event takes place at the Pavilion Café in Centenary Square at 7pm on 3rd June. Tickets are £20 per person, with £10 of each ticket going to BullBuilder. Tickets are available from the Bulls ticket office (cash only) or Pavilion Café reception or email info@performancedg.com or ring 07958 728490.

BullBuilding in Bradford

Leon Pryce, Brian Noble and Keith Mumby are all examples of players who have given great service for the club who are from Bradford and BullBuilder can report that Bulls Head of Youth Development John Bastian is hoping to find many more young Bradfordians who will do the same in the future.

John Bastian said “I think over the years the club hasn’t built strong enough links with local amateur clubs and has ended up looking for players outside the Bradford area. Recently there have obviously been a lot of off field distractions but now we have stability I’m really keen to build good relationships with all amateur clubs in the city.”

“Myself, and all the other members of the coaching and scouting team have been to many clubs to watch young players. We look at players as young as U14 levels to identify potential future talent. The more you show your face at clubs the more you can build bridges and find opportunities where we as clubs can help each other.”

Odsal recently saw Amateur Finals Day return with Queensbury, Queensbury A, West Bowling and Victoria Rangers A fighting it out on 25 April. The day was a big success and John Bastian hopes to build on it.

“We have 5 U16s that are Bradford lads and I hope that’s just the beginning. With BullBuilder helping us provide the right environment for these players we can look forward to attracting more talent from clubs in the city.”

You can be a part of helping the Academy too, by joining or re-joining BullBuilder. Just visiting 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.

Dominic gets “Déjà vu” for BullBuilder

BullBuilder member Dominic Barker got a severe case of “déjà vu” at this weekend’s game versus Sheffield Eagles where he handed over the BullBuilder Under19 Player of the Month award to promising young hooker James Bentley.

It was 18 years ago to the week that a 10 year old Dominic was mascot at the Bulls versus Sheffield game, the week before the Bulls took on St Helens in the Cup final at Wembley.

Dominic said “I remember being mascot that day and sitting next to Robbie Paul on the substitutes’ bench.   I was fairly new to the Bulls but being so close to the team and being a mascot made me a Bulls fan for life.   It was great to be pitchside again on Sunday and by coincidence it was against Sheffield again.”

18 years later Dominic is now a fully-fledged member of BullBuilder, the Bulls Supporters Trust, who support the Academy Team by providing the “extras” the club is unable to fund. BullBuilder provide a “Player of the Month” medal to the outstanding Under 19 year old player as nominated by U19 Academy coach Matt Diskin.

BullBuilder member Dominic Barker with James Bentley and Matt Diskin

BullBuilder member Dominic Barker with James Bentley and Matt Diskin

BullBuilder spokesman Sam Grundy said “Dominic has gone from being a star struck young fan to a committed supporter who is prepared to give a bit extra to help young players coming through the club youth system.   We’re always keen to give our members opportunities like this to thank them for their support.”

Head of Youth Development John Bastian said “We’d like to thank Dominic and all BullBuilder members for their continued financial support. It really does make a difference and we’ve already put funds to good use this season.”

BullBuilder are hosting a “Dinnertime in the Park” Event on Wednesday 3rd June when BullBuilder, they host a dinner, auction and raffle at the Pavilion Café in City Park, Centenary Square in Bradford. The event begins at 7pm is £20 per person, with £10 of each ticket going to BullBuilder. Tickets are available from the Bulls ticket office (cash only) or Pavilion Café reception or email info@performancedg.com or ring 07958 728490.

You can be a part of helping the Academy too, by joining or re-joining BullBuilder. Just visiting 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.

BullBuilder Supports Foundation Big 10 Poker Night

The Bradford Bulls Foundation will be hosting the inaugural Bradford Bulls Poker evening on Monday 11 May, and BullBuilder are among the supporters of the event.

The event forms part of ‘Robbie’s Big 10’, in association with the Foundation and The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, with proceeds being split between the two charities.

The evening will be held at Grosvenor Casinos in the Bradford city centre Leisure Exchange, starting at 7:00PM. Not only will the entire Bulls first team squad be present, but BullBuilder will be there too. We have secured a table of five people, and BullBuilder members are invited to get in touch to claim one of five FREE places for BullBuilder members at our table.

BullBuilder Deputy Chairman Mike Farren said, “BullBuilder and the Foundation are working together more closely than ever, and we wanted to show our support for Robbie’s Big 10 initiative. Given that our remit is to raise funds to support young players at the club, we did not want to spend BullBuilder members’ money on this, so several committee members have joined together to book a table. However, we do want our members to join us on the evening. If you fancy trying your luck and practising your poker face, drop an Email to info@bullbuilder.co.uk. Tickets are available strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.”

Robbie Hunter-Paul said, “In the name of charity, we would love to see the Bradford Bulls family secure tickets and take on their favourite players away from the field! As a trustee of the Bradford Bulls Foundation, I am proud to be working with so many fantastic partners and the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, who do fantastic work to support children and their families when they need it most.”

If you are not already a member of BullBuilder and would like to join in order to take advantage of benefits such as this, and to help support junior rugby at the club, you can do so 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.

Also, don’t forget to book for the BullBuilder Summertime Dinner in the Park at the Pavilion Café in City Park, Centenary Square Bradford, on Wednesday 3rd June at 7:00PM.

Tickets are £20 per person, with £10 going to BullBuilder, and are available from the Bulls ticket office (cash only) or Pavilion Café reception or email info@performancedg.com or ring 07958 728490.