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Reiss Butterworth Presentation and Interview

Player of Month BullBuilder recently chatted to U19s player of the month for May Reiss Butterworth. Reiss said “It feels very special to win this award.  It means a lot and it’s great to receive recognition.” Regular followers of the U19s will be used to seeing Reiss playing a pivotal role in the side but his highlight this season so far was a for a superb piece of individual play, Reiss said “The 50 metre try I scored versus Newcastle Thunder was my highlight.”   Supporters can watch this again on the Bulls twitter feed where Reiss beats 5 players to score a superb try. As far as longer term ambitions are concerned Reiss has his feet on the ground and has set his sights on becoming a professional rugby league player for the Bulls.  Reiss said “I’d like to thank Matt Diskin, all the Bulls coaches, John Bastion and my Mum and Dad, they have all contributed and helped me to get where I am.” Reiss had no shortage of interest from other clubs so when asked why he chose the Bulls he said “There’s a good set of lads here, great coaching staff who are very supportive and I feel comfortable approaching and speaking to them.” The U19s had a great win at home versus Wakefield on 11 June and their next game is coming up away at Huddersfield on 24 June. BullBuilder are holding a sponsored walk on 16 July where participants will walk from Odsal to Batley for the Bulls league match.   In a repeat of the great effort by Bulls fans last season in the “Dewsbury Dawdle” this year BullBuilder is hoping to beat last year’s total of around £2000.  All funds will go to BullBuilder.   Recently BullBuilder has funded a new sports analysis system which allows the coaching staff to research team and individual performance, review opposition, analyse statistics from games and training to improve skills and technique and minimise injury.   It also links to education and development. To get involved contact please get in touch with Vicki Sharp at vickisharp@sky.com or ring her on 07788 591946. To find out more about BullBuilder and how to join for as little as £10 a year please visit www.Bullbuilder.co.uk

BullBuilder U19’s Player of Month

BullBuilder’s U19s player of the month for May is Reiss Butterworth. Reiss is a hooker from Sharlston who has starred for the U19s this year and earned a first team debut in the Challenge Cup versus Featherstone.  He also figured prominently in pre season games notably when he threw an amazing pass through his legs to lay on a try for Ross Oakes at Huddersfield. Head of Youth John Bastian said “Reiss came to us from Sharston.  He joined as a halfback but has developed into a great prospect at hooker.   He’s now in his second year with us and has done really well and is learning his trade.  He’ll likely be around the first team more as the season goes on and in 2018.” “Reiss is a very focussed young man.   He’s been supported well by his parents Jeannette and Tony.  He’s always challenging himself to be a better player and is a feisty character and a good communicator which you need to be a good hooker.   He’s dedicated and switched on away from the field too and recognises the need to lead the right lifestyle.  This award recognises his progress.” BullBuilder are holding a sponsored walk on 16 July where participants will walk from Odsal to Batley for the Bulls league match.   In a repeat of the great effort by Bulls fans last season in the “Dewsbury Dawdle” this year BullBuilder is hoping to beat last year’s total of around £2000.  All funds will go to BullBuilder.   Recently BullBuilder has funded a new sports analysis system which allows the coaching staff to research team and individual performance, review opposition, analyse statistics from games and training to improve skills and technique and minimise injury.   It also links to education and development. To get involved contact please get in touch with Vicki Sharp at vickisharp@sky.com or ring her on 07788 591946. To find out more about BullBuilder and how to join for as little as £10 a year please visit www.Bullbuilder.co.uk

Sponsored walk 2017 A fundraising Sponsored walk to the Bulls away game at Batley Bulldogs on Sunday July 16th.

After our success with the Dewsbury Dawdle last year, BullBuilder are again organising another fun activity in order to raise the much needed funds for the Scholarship, U16’s and 19’s. Welcome to the Batley Bumble a pleasant 8 mile stroll with John Bastion and the Bulls Academy team which is mostly down the Spen Valley Greenway with 1.25 miles of road walking down Cleckheaton Rd from Odsal and just under 2 miles from the Greenway up to the Bulldogs Stadium. We’ll be leaving Odsal at 10.30am (check in at 10am) to arrive at Batley in plenty of time for the kick off. There will be checkpoints along the way and marshals at major road crossings. BullBuilder are committed to our goals of enhancing the work of the Academy and Scholarship at the Bradford Bulls. If you are interested and fancy getting some fresh air, a little exercise and raise loads of money, please get in touch with Vicki Sharp at vickisharp@sky.com or ring her on 07788591946 and she will send you the relevant documents for completion.

Auction to Support the Bulls Academy

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

Lot 1          2 People to be the Guests of Bulls Chairman Jas Athwal in the Chairman’s Suite at a home game this season of the winning bidders choice.  Includes: Meal and Drinks for 2 people and free Car Parking.

Lot 2           Framed Artwork of Betty’s Harrogate

Lot 3          Signed/Framed Adam Sidlow Shirt

Lot 4          Signed/Framed Kieren Moss Shirt

Lot 5          Boot signed by Kevin Sinfield & Leon Pryce

Commission/Written Bid For buyers who cannot attend the auction in person, bid in advance by submitting emailing the maximum price in writing that you are prepared to bid to on any Lot and this information is passed to the auctioneer. Please submit written/email bids to davelowdell@googlemail.com no later than 1200 noon on Friday 5th May 2017   BullBuilder is the name of the Bradford Bulls Supporters Trust. BullBuilder is focused on attracting, developing and retaining young talent in the Bradford Bulls Academy. WHY - To help our 16's and 19's realise their ambitions HOW - Using our creativity, commitment and enthusiasm WHAT - We raise funds for the extras the 16's and 19's wouldn't otherwise receive With your help, we can do more.  

BullBuilder to Recognise “Outstanding Achievements”

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.”

BullBuilder Keep on Building & John Bastian’s Feedback

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.”

Player of Month Evan Hodgson

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

Bulls Under 16’s Fixtures

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)   2pmBall flyer 200dpi