At the Spring Ball BullBuilder will be holding an auction, we would also like to give people who are unable to attend the Ball to participate, please see below. Auction Lots
At the BullBuilder Spring Ball, taking place on Friday May 5th at the Provident Stadium, “Outstanding Achievement Awards” will be presented. Head of Youth John Bastian explained, “We have the annual player of the year awards at the end of each season. BullBuilder want to have another award to recognise the different types of achievements and contributions that are made. There have been a number of outstanding contributions from players and staff. These awards are designed to recognise those that have worked hard through testing times or those that have come through the system and contributed consistently over a long period.” The Ball promises to be a classy occasion. There will be a prosecco reception, and a two course meal with a live band. Tickets are £35 each or £325 for a table for 10 and available from the club shop. Leon Pryce will be a guest speaker. Dress code is lounge suits. John Bastian said “BullBuilder has always been passionate about developing our own talent. I’m looking forward to this event and more like it in the future.”
The new season is two months old and Bulls Supporter’s Trust BullBuilder has already picked up where it left off last autumn. We caught up with Head of Youth Development John Bastian last week. As always John is an obliging man to chat to and he’s as positive as ever about youth development at the Bulls, despite the disruption in the close season: “I’d say the disruption during the autumn put us back as a club by about 18months. We lost a fair few players to other clubs who were going to be the next crop of first teamers behind the likes of Ethan Ryan and Ross Oakes. However we will now rebuild and our young players will get some opportunities to be tested.” “It might be a lean year for the U19s but some players have already stepped up a level and first teamers like Jon Magrin and Jordan Lilley are providing real leadership and help to the young guys.” With the season now two month old John is hard at work at his main priorities for 2017. “We have three main priorities for the year ahead. First, to get the youth education programme back up and running again. The BTEC and Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence courses lost two months during the autumn and we’re working to get that back up and running as normal with help from Loughborough College.” The second priority is to keep recruiting for the U19s. We still have great links to community clubs, a strong scouting network and a detailed database of talent. We’re always on the lookout for talented players who have a good athletic base that can be developed, a love of the sport, good morals and set themselves high standards and have a desire to achieve. Lastly we’ll be looking to rebuild confidence in the club by being consistent and providing a reliable, secure and dependable environment.” “The upheaval of the close season has created opportunities for the likes of Evan Hodgson and Reiss Butterworth. They’ve done very well and you wonder how much better they can become.” In order to help John and his team BullBuilder will be hosting a number of events in the coming months, the first being the BullBuilder Spring Ball at Odsal on Friday May 5th at the Provident Stadium, Odsal. There will be a prosecco reception, and a two course meal with a live band. Tickets are £35 each or £325 for a table for 10 and available from the club shop. Leon Pryce will be a guest speaker. Dress code is lounge suits. John Bastian said “BullBuilder has always been passionate about developing our own talent. I’m looking forward to this event and you may even see me on the dancefloor.”
BullBuilder took time out last week to meet up with U19s player of the month Evan Hodgson. Evan is a prop forward from Stanningley who has starred for the U19s this year and earned a first team debut in the Challenge Cup versus Featherstone where he scored a debut try. He commented: “Being a prop, I don't score many tries, so it was good to get over. I was shell-shocked and chuffed at the same time.” Asked why he chose to come to the Bulls from Stanningley Evan said “Bulls are an iconic club and I wanted to join them, plus John Bastian “pestering me”, seriously the lads have a great relationship with John. My ambitions are now to play first grade for the Bulls on regular basis. Head of Youth John Bastian said “Evan did 72 minutes on his debut versus a top 3 championship team and did very well. He’s still in only his second year in the academy and has so much development left in him. He’s progressed really well and become a leader in his group and it’s about realising that potential and fine tuning those qualities going forward. To find out more about BullBuilder and how to join for as little as £10 a year please visit www.Bullbuilder.co.uk
Wednesday 22nd March Wakefield HOME 7:30pm Wednesday 5th April Leeds AWAY (Stanningley) Time TBC Saturday 15th April Castleford AWAY (Mend-a Hose Jungle) 2pm Saturday 29th April St Helens HOME 12:30pm Saturday 29th July Wakefield HOME 12:30pm Saturday 5th August Leeds AWAY (Stanningley) 2pm Saturday 12th August St Helens HOME 12:30pm Saturday 19th August Warrington AWAY (venue TBC) 2pm
Come along on support our Under 19's against Hull at Odsal on Thursday 23rd February, 7:30 KO. Don't forget you can also help and support our youth development to grow bigger and better: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bullbuilder-spring-ball-tickets-31970276959
BullBuilder are delighted to announce our next fundraising spectacular. The Academy Spring Ball. BullBuilder is focused on attracting, developing and retaining young talent in the Bradford Bulls Academy. Join us on Friday May 5th in the Southbank Suite, Provident Stadium. Odsal for an evening of good food, great company, fun & games and finish the night dancing to our live band Route 66. Tickets are £35 per person or £325 for a table of 10. You can book your place at the club shop, David Lowdell Photography or online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bullbuilder-spring-ball-tickets-31970276959 Place are limited so book early. David Lowdell Photography Suite 2 Buttershaw Works Buttershaw Lane Bradford. BD6 2DD 07584259103 www.dlpbradford.com
At meeting with the Bulls Academy and Scholarship Players & Parents, Paul Medley from the RFL spoke.
As we know the RFL are speaking with potential buyers of the Bulls one of the main criteria that will be considered as part of any proposal will be maintaining the Academy Structure.
You will also be aware of BullBuilder and the Foundations fund raising efforts to support players and staff. After the meeting tonight Academy and Scholarship Players & Parents held a collection to help and raised £280.87 for our cause. With this and https://www.justgiving.com/
crowdfunding/welfarefund to date £1227 has been raised.
BullBuilder and the Foundation are setting up a welfare fund to support staff and players of the Bradford Bulls due to recent developments at the club. BullBuilder and the Foundation are fully independent of the club. Any monies that are donated will be managed and are auditable, allowing people to donate with confidence. Just Giving operates a minimum 30 day campaign policy. To ensure funds are immediately available to be distributed to players and staff who have shown commitment through this difficult time, BullBuilder will initially use its limited funds to make payments as needed. On completion of the 30 day campaign funds from Just Giving will reimburse BullBuilder their initial outlay. Donations to the welfare fund can be made online by visiting justgiving.com/crowdfunding/welfarefund
Bradford Bulls supporters trust BullBuilder are to team up with the Bulls Foundation, Bradford Bulls Lottery and the St Helens Foundation to raise funds for injured Bulls Scholar Reagan Tolson after his recent accident. To support Reagans recovery let’s have a bit of fun between supporters who have memories of fantastic games between the Bradford Bulls and St Helens. We are encouraging supporters of Rugby League to participate in an online Ebay auction for signed team balls to raise funds for Reagan. The team ball which raises the most funds will be the winner! Bradford Bulls Signed Ball ebay.eu/2gCqh8F St Helens Signed Ball ebay.eu/2ho2k4w Supporters are also able to bid for a signed Bradford Bulls shirt kindly donated by the Bradford Bulls Lottery department. Bradford Bulls Signed shirt ebay.eu/2hhQ311 For people who are unable to participate in the auctions, but would still like to contribute you can do so by following the Just Giving link www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/bradfordbulls/reagansrecovery Reagan 15, suffered multiple injuries and spent more than 10 hours in theatre, suffering a broken ankle, hand, elbow, shoulder and collarbone, a badly bruised lung, lacerated spleen, his pelvis snapped causing internal bleeding. Despite the seriousness of his injuries, doctors expect Reagan to make a full recovery and to be eventually able to return to rugby, which his brother said is an “absolute miracle”. BullBuilder spokesman Paul Butterworth explained how BullBuilder the Foundations and the Bradford Bulls Lottery are aiming to help Reagan. “Both Foundations are donating balls signed by the Bulls and Saints first teams. We intend to auction these on Ebay. We’re hoping both Bulls and Saints fans get behind the auctions by bidding for their team’s ball. It could be like one of the great battles on the pitch during the early years of Super League to see who raises the most money. All proceeds will go towards Reagan’s recovery.” Reagan Tolson’s brother Callum said “I’d like to thank BullBuilder the Bulls and Saints Foundation for helping Reagan in this way. I know he very much appreciates it”. Bulls Foundation Chief Executive Mark Winder said “As one of the Bulls scholars Reagan is well known to the Foundation and we were shocked to hear about his accident. We’re hoping now to rally round to provide a bit of extra support to aid his recovery.” Saints Foundation spokesman Craig Richards said “When a young player gets life threatening injuries like this it puts things into perspective. The Saints Foundation is delighted to be able to help Reagan.” Thank you for your support all funds raised through the auction and Just Giving will be donated to support Reagan and his family.