At the BullBuilder Annual General Meeting in January, your Committee explained that there was some uncertainty about the future of the Trust. As we pointed out, the Club’s new ownership has established much greater levels of engagement with supporters, holding frequent fans’ forums, hosting events similar to those that BullBuilder held in the past, undertaking many other initiatives and attempting to raise more money through the Bulls lottery as the principal vehicle for funding the academy and junior development.
This overlap with BullBuilder’s core activities, combined with the resignation of several Board members for personal and professional reasons, meant that we needed to find a new Committee, with new ideas of how to take the Trust forward.
Even though the AGM concluded that BullBuilder’s achievements and good will were too valuable to lose, unfortunately only one person subsequently came forward with a firm intention to join the Board.
The consequence of this is that BullBuilder does not have the resources to run an active Supporters’ Trust in the immediate future.
However, your Committee feels that it would shut off the possibility of BullBuilder returning to being an active society in future – as well as representing an inefficient use of members’ funds – if we were to go through the formal legal process of closing down the Trust.
Therefore we have decided that we will keep BullBuilder alive in anticipation of a future return to an active role. In doing so, BullBuilder will fulfil all its obligations as a legally-constituted Supporters’ Trust and will be fully audited and accountable.
However, in following this course, we realise that we will no longer be delivering value for our members, so we have taken the decision that membership will be reduced to £1, and this will cover the next three years.
This means that anyone who has contributed to BullBuilder so far this year will continue to be a member for the whole of the period of 2013 to the end of 2015. Unless you still wish to contribute monthly, we advise anyone who has a standing order in BullBuilder’s favour to cancel it, safe in the knowledge that you can remain a member and not have to contribute further until 2016. We have already cancelled subscriptions by PayPal.
We wish to thank everyone who has supported or been a member of BullBuilder and who has helped us to help the club over the last few troubled years. We hope that we will shortly be able once again to make a positive difference to the Bradford Bulls, its fans and its young players.