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Bulls Box Clever

BullBuilder and Bulls Foundation have teamed up to provide smart new boxing equipment for use by the Academy and Scholarship players at the Tong Training Centre. Other equipment bought included gloves and pads.

The equipment was sourced by the Bulls Foundation and funded by BullBuilder, the Supporters Trust. BullBuilder chairman Sam Grundy explained. “Bulls Head of Youth Development John Bastian explained that there was a need for boxing equipment to aid player development and ourselves at BullBuilder and Mark Winder at the Bulls Foundation stepped in to help. The Foundation have great links into the community and were able to source excellent, top-quality equipment. We then used our member subscriptions to pay for it.”

Bulls head of youth John Bastian explained how the equipment would benefit the Academy and Scholarship players.

“Boxing training is something rugby league players have done for many years now and having this equipment in house means we can do that whenever we want. Boxing training helps not only with fitness but also with coordination and movement. Boxing requires concentration and precision, often at high intensity with explosive movements and in that way is good for simulating similar things to what players experience on the field. You have to get your feet in the right position before you punch – as in a tackle and often do that when fatigued.”

“The heavy bags and pads are great for these purposes and will be a great aid to our youth players and first teamers. It provides some variety to training and can be really beneficial when the weather makes outdoor training impossible. I’d like to thank BullBuilder and the Bulls Foundation for their assistance in providing this equipment and would urge supporters to get involved with BullBuilder if they want to provide further help.”

To join BullBuilder visit 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. To find out more about the Bulls Foundation visit http://www.bullsfoundation.org

Academy Update December 2016 from BullBuilder Board Member Paul Fisher

As well as having been a valuable and energetic member of the BullBuilder committee for the past two years, Paul Fisher has worked as a volunteer as Player Welfare Coordinator at the club, leading to his recently having been voted ‘Clubperson of the Year’. Consequently, he is in a unique position to deliver the following report.

We now have settled U19 and U16 squads and the coaching staff are very pleased with all the players at both levels. Training is going well there is a good attitude and commitment being shown, and some very promising talent coming through.

There has been the U16 Scholarship presentation evening, which was attended by over 200 people comprising players, parents, management and coaching staff and was a very well organised, professional event.

Both the U19’s and U16’s are attending workshops and, due to John Bastian’s initiative, parents / guardians are invited and quite a few attend. It is really good to see the parents and guardians being involved and they witness the care and attention given to the players and are made to feel an important part of their son’s development.

Workshops attended to date are as follows:

  • RFL Sport Psychology UPK Workshop (U19)
  • Drug & Alcohol abuse (By a parent of one of the players who is a senior Detective Inspector).
  • Diet & Nutrition (very good message and guidance given & we are hoping to have several more of these).

Workshops being arranged over the next few weeks.

  • Social Media (in house by Stuart Duffy or Robbie Hunter Paul)
  • Social & Non-prescription Drugs (in house)
  • UK Anti-Doping (RFL)
  • Speed Awareness (by a parent of one of the players who is a leading Fireman)

The above demonstrates the success of good networking and inclusiveness resulting in a culture that most other clubs can only aspire to.

Whenever the Bulls Academy set-up is discussed with people outside the club via my Player Welfare duties, there is nothing but praise, whether from presenters, people involved at other clubs or the RFL.

I have just been to the U16 training session on the 4G pitch at the Bradford Academy (who, by the way, are being very supportive and really behind John and the youth set) and listening to the coaches there are some great prospects coming through.

The main point however is that the lads are really enjoying themselves and work hard and you see this in everything they do. We even had a sing song on the pitch after the final session: they all got together and gave us a great rendition on ‘we wish you a Merry Xmas’. It should have been recorded since this is just one example of the team spirit and culture that is instilled in the youth set, all thanks to John and his team.

In summary even with the constraints and restrictions John and the coaching staff are working to, we are very fortunate to have John and his team running the Academy and we should be very proud and grateful for this. Therefore our continued support can only greatly assist in helping John and the coaching staff deliver this ‘centre of excellence’.

This kind of support from BullBuilder recently led to the purchase of some medical callipers for measuring body fat as part of the physical development programme for young players. When they were delivered, John Bastian wrote:

“On behalf of everyone at Bradford Bulls I would like to congratulate and thank Bullbuilder for the great support they have given to the Development of our Junior Players, we are very grateful and appreciate all your hard work. Finally many thanks for the recent acquisition of a set of Body Callipers.”

If you would like to join BullBuilder or even become part of the committee 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.

Message from John Bastian

BullBuilder recently received the following message from Bradford Bulls’ Head of Youth, John Bastian:

The Bradford Bulls Academy have seen many changes during the 2015 year, new staff arriving, new junior players signing part time professional contracts and some staff and players who have given very good service to the club moving on.

Having said all this we are in a good place and are slowly but surely changing the culture and environment that we believe will benefit the club long term, we still have work to do and will be relentless in providing home-grown juniors that the Bradford Bulls club has been famous for producing over many years.

The partnership and support from Bullbuilder and the members has been crucial in our growth, providing us with so many vital pieces of equipment to support the development and progress of our junior players, long may this continue and we thank you all for your outstanding contribution.

Head of Youth,

John Bastian.

The BullBuilder board would like to echo John’s comments, and to thank all our members and supporters, as well as those who have attended our events, for giving such invaluable backing to the youth set-up at the club.

Anyone who supports our aims but is not currently a member, can join us by clicking here. And if anyone would really like to get involved by standing for a place on the committee, we are likely to have some places available at the AGM. Please let us know as soon as possible, by emailing us at info@bullbuilder.co.uk

BullBuilder provides leg press for conditioning and rehab

Once again BullBuilder, the Bradford Bulls Supporters Trust, has provided an important piece of equipment to aid the development of young players, thanks to the efforts of members and fans.

New leg press in action.

New leg press in action.

The trust paid for the purchase and installation of a high-specification leg press at the club’s Tong training facility. Bulls Head of Youth, John Bastian, said, “The equipment, which allows different weights for each leg, will not only be invaluable as part of training routines, but will also speed up the rehabilitation process for leg injuries. Players like James Pickering, who suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury earlier in the season, will be back on the pitch much more quickly thanks to the leg press.”



James Pickering's re-hab is accelerated by the new leg press

James Pickering’s re-hab is accelerated by the new leg press

BullBuilder Chairman Sam Grundy commented, “This is a high cost, high value addition to the training options for young players at the club. BullBuilder saw the benefit immediately. Fortunately, having recently held successful fund raising events such as Dinner in the Park and the Race Night, we had the money available to be able to meet the request for this equipment.

“We will shortly be announcing a new programme of events for the end of this year and into 2016, to enable us to deliver even benefits to the club to assist with youth development. However, we can only do this with the help of our members. We need Bulls supporters to become members and we need members to back our events and our campaigns. With your help, we can have a real say in the future of the club.”

BullBuilder supports Paul Clough testimonial forum

Bradford Bulls will be running a forum for testimonial star, Paul Clough, at the Provident Stadium, Odsal, on Tuesday September 22, from 7.00pm.

Lee Gaskell, Paul Loughlin, Paul Anderson, Bernard Dwyer, Leon Pryce and Lee Gilmour will be on the panel alongside Paul, while the event will be hosted by Rob Parker. Food is included in the admission price of £10 per person.

Tickets are available from the Provident Stadium Team Shop but can only be purchased with cash.

BullBuilder members will be taking a table at the event. If you would like to join us, please email info@bullbuilder.co.uk

If you would like any more information, you can contact Paul Clough’s testimonial team on paulcloughtestimonial@gmail.com

Cancer Support Bradford and Airedale

Cancer Support Bradford and Airedale have the opportunity to do a bucket collection at Bradford Bulls RLFC on Sunday 9th August (Bradford Bulls versus Sheffield Eagles).

The collection will be at half time and on the gate at the end of the match.

Please get in touch with the group if you would could volunteer at this collection, on 01274 202226 or by email at:


BullBuilder Race Night Reminder

Don’t forget that the BullBuilder Race Night takes place tonight 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 on the door.

Admission is from 6:30 and the event starts at 7:00, with the first race at 7:20.

We look forward to seeing you there!

U19s Compete for BullBuilder Award

The BullBuilder Rookie of the year award goes to the outstanding member of the U19 team and the race to be the 2015 winner is hotting up. The supporters trust recognises the performances of U19 players each month too with players picking up a medal as reward for being the stand out player of the month.

Last year Liam Kirk took home the Rookie of the Year trophy and Most Improved Player award after some commanding displays in the pack. The former Drighlington ARLFC player has carried on where he left off and was made March player of the month. The tall prop will be hoping to maintain that kind of form.

Liam Kirk receives March Player of the Month award from BullBuilder Board member, Jen Bennison

Liam Kirk receives March Player of the Month award from BullBuilder Board member, Jen Bennison

Inaugural winner Matty Stableford won the February award after some strong games in the forwards. The former Rhino has been part of a strong backrow when playing alongside April winner James Bentley who has excelled off the bench.

Goal kicking stand off or fullback Brandon Pickersgill picked up the May award after some eye catching performances. As the only back to have won the monthly award so far he’ll be looking to stand out even more as the season comes to its conclusion.

BullBuilder chairman Sam Grundy said “We think it’s important to reward young players when they perform well and it’s nice to give them some recognition in the form of a medal. We liaise closely with U19 coach Matt Diskin to make sure the winners are correctly chosen. Hopefully the monthly awards serve as a motivation to the players, we all want to see them progress into the first team following in the footsteps of Adam O’Brien, Tom Olbison and Alex Mellor.

Head of Youth John Bastian said “It’s important to make sure our young players feel valued and get an incentive to improve and having monthly awards does all that. We’re grateful to BullBuilder for helping us do this and it’s great to be able to hand over these awards at pitchside on gameday.”

Meanwhile, we are just over a week away from BullBuilder’s Race night at The Northern pub on Halifax Road, on 15 July. Admission is £5 including a hot supper – £2.50 of each ticket goes to BullBuilder. Tickets are available from the Bulls ticket office, behind the bar at the Northern or by visiting https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/race-night-tickets-17354102588

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 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