BullBuilder

The Bradford Bulls Supporters Trust

BullBuilder - The Bradford Bulls Supporters Trust

BullBuilder: backing the Academy, backing the Bulls

It’s curious that, since relegation for the Bulls was confirmed for the first time in over 40 years, there has been a noticeable improvement in the mood around the club.

Of course, sensational wins against high-flying Wigan, Hull and our great rivals Leeds have helped this mood, but it appears to be something that runs considerably deeper. Perhaps it’s that the worst (in a sense) has happened, and people now realise that life will go on for the Bulls, albeit outside Super League for a time. However, more likely it’s because we can all see positive things starting to happen, and the club taking sensible steps in undoubtedly the right direction.

“We welcome all the new signings and re-signings that are taking place,” said BullBuilder chairman Mike Farren, “but we are particularly pleased to see Bulls’ Academy products, such as Danny Addy, Tom Olbison and Adam O’Brien, committing to the club that nurtured them. However, we need to ensure that the production line of young players continues to come through the Academy.”

Another highly promising sign was the bumper attendance at the recent club event at Cedar Court. The fact that so many people – arguably more than the average crowd of some of the teams we’ll be playing next year – were willing to turn out on a midweek evening in the summer holidays, speaks volumes for the depth of the Bulls’ support.

Several members of the BullBuilder committee pitched in to help on the night, and from our point of view, the most gratifying aspect was the emphasis on support for the Academy.

Farren said, “The re-launched lottery is the club’s method of generating funds for the Academy, and BullBuilder is right behind the Big One. However, BullBuilder also offers fans their own way to support the Academy, get involved and make a real difference to what we hope will be an exciting new era at the club.”

BullBuilder raised over £1,000 through our recent Race Night, and will be announcing more events shortly. You can make a huge contribution to the club’s future by becoming a part of BullBuilder and backing our events, as well as through your support through the gates.

You can join or re-join BullBuilder, or set up a regular subscription by visiting our website at http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/. 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’ Academy ranked among the best

Most supporters will understandably look at the league table as an indicator of the standing of the Bulls. To see the club so close to the bottom of Super League, with relegation now a fact, gloom has been pervasive. However, there is one very positive league table in which the Bulls stand near the top. The assessment recently released by the RFL rated the Bulls’ Academy as ‘good’ – a ranking only bettered by St.Helens and today’s visitors, Wigan.

If it seems like clutching at straws to seize on this report, the fact is that the Academy will assume ever greater importance as the Bulls attempt to regain Super League 1 status.

“While next season’s structure offers a pathway back to Super League 1,” said BullBuilder chairman Mike Farren, “differences in salary cap between the competing sides will mean that it won’t be possible to buy your way back. With the relative cost of young players coupled with salary cap exemptions, the Academy represents our strongest hope of getting the first team back where we want to see it.”

The RFL report states that “The club has continued to perform as an academy. This is due to the continued investment in training and playing facilities and the dedication of committed and experienced staff using well proven structures and systems. There is an ethos from the top down, to make sure the clubs academy remains the mainstay of their focus.”

We at BullBuilder welcome this commitment, and the fact that, following the report, Steve Ferres commented to us “we still need to raise the bar!”

BullBuilder enables supporters to contribute to the continued excellence of the Academy and the future success of the club. Our efforts have provided equipment, kit and invaluable experience for the Bulls’ young players in the past and we are once again going full steam ahead to raise funds to carry on this work.

The Race Night held last month was one example of our work, and it was hailed as a runaway success!

The Academy squad enjoyed BullBuilder Race Night

The Academy squad enjoyed BullBuilder Race Night

People in attendance included board members, first team players and the entire Under-19 squad. Over 130 people were present, and Marc Green himself commented, “Enjoyed my first ever BullBuilder event. More people should get behind the work they do”.

We are looking at more ways in which we can help out, assisted by the fact that we raised over £1,000 through the Race Night due to the generosity of sponsors and those in attendance.

You can join or re-join BullBuilder, or set up a regular subscription by visiting our website at http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/. 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.

BullBuilder Race Night a Runaway Success

The Race Night staged by BullBuilder, the Bradford Bulls’ Supporters’ Trust on Wednesday 2nd July, was hailed by the BullBuilder committee and the fans in attendance as a runaway success!

“Events like these are important for raising funds,” said BullBuilder Chairman, Mike Farren, “but it’s at least as important for us to bring fans, players and officials together to help them all feel that they belong to the Bulls’ family and that they have a role to play in turning around the fortunes of the club.”

BullBuilder and Bulls chairs Mike Farren & Marc Green, with Bulls director Steve Ferres

BullBuilder and Bulls chairs Mike Farren & Marc Green, with Bulls director Steve Ferres

There was certainly a very rich mix of people in attendance, including Bulls board members Marc Green, Steve Ferres and Robbie Hunter-Paul; first team players Nathan Conroy, Adam Henry, Jay Pitts and Adrian Purtell; Academy coach Richard Tunningley and his entire Under-19 squad; and former Bulls’ stalwart turned RFL National Player Development Manager, Paul Medley. All told, around 140 people were there to enjoy the fun on the evening.

And what an evening it was! As well as the excitement of the racing, the audience enjoyed a delicious buffet from the award-winning Deeva Restaurant – all included in the bargain price of the £5 entry fee.

“It was a really good night: very professionally organised,” said BullBuilder member Mark Beardall. “The food was fantastic value.” His sentiments were echoed by the Bulls’ chairman Marc Green, who tweeted, “Enjoyed my first ever BullBuilder event. Professionally put together & delivered. More people should get behind the work they do”. Likewise, season ticket holder Bob Burton said, “It was a great event. It was good to see so many people here in such a good cause. It will be even better if we could get more next time!”

The good cause is raising money to support the recruitment, retention and development of young players at Bradford Bulls. BullBuilder has a great track record of contributing to his, as can be seen from a visit to our website http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/, and we are greatly looking forward to working with those Academy players who attended the event – described by BullBuilder Committee Member Les Priestley as “a credit to their parents and to the club” – as well as the forthcoming intake.

The Academy squad enjoyed BullBuilder Race Night

The Academy squad enjoyed BullBuilder Race Night

Right now, we are looking at more ways in which we can help out, greatly assisted by the fact that we raised a four figure sum through the Race Night. This was due to the generosity of sponsors and those in attendance, and the BullBuilder committee would like to thank everyone involved, especially Deeva Restaurant for their sponsorship and the quality of their catering, and our other sponsors – ASP Security Design Consultancy, Gamestec, Hamtune Spares, Hope Park Business Centre, Performance Development Group & Seabrook Crisps.

Mark Hobson of Hamtune Spares & BCB commentary team, hands over sponsorship cheque

Mark Hobson of Hamtune Spares & BCB commentary team, hands over sponsorship cheque

We would also like to thanks BullBuilder members Judith Boyes, whose sale of Bulls-related crafts had already raised £200, to which a further £30 was added on the night, and Karen Sykes for her help during the evening.

Selection of crafts by Judith Boyes

Selection of crafts by Judith Boyes

Taken together, everyone’s efforts mean that we have all the more power to add those little extras which, along with the Bull’s track record in developing quality players and the excellence of the Tong training facility, will be invaluable in attracting and keeping a new generation of junior players, who will be all the more important to the club as it seeks to return to its former glories.

News was also announced on the evening that Paul Medley, who attended the Race Night, had agreed to become a BullBuilder Patron, joining Simon Foster, Mick and Megan Potter and Duncan Preston, who had already endorsed the work being done by BullBuilder to support young players at the club.

“As well as being one of the Bulls’ playing greats,” said Farren, “Paul was a crucial part of the youth set-up at the club for many years. He helped shape several generations of Bulls products and was massively supportive of BullBuilder in our time working together. It’s a real boost to have his continued support now!”

You can join or re-join BullBuilder, and enjoy even more of these fun events by visiting our website at http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/. 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.

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Bulls first-team players to attend BullBuilder Race Night

Bradford Bulls first team players Adam Henry, Adrian Purtell, Nathan Conroy and Jay Pitts will be in attendance at the BullBuilder Race Night. The event will be held in the Coral Stand this Wednesday (2nd July) at 7:00 PM. Tickets cost £5, and can be obtained from the Bradford Bulls’ ticket office, or by emailing info@perfomancedg.com. Alternatively, tickets are available on the door.
You do not have to be a member to attend, but you can join or re-join BullBuilder by visiting our website at http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/. 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.

BullBuilder Statement on Appointment of James Lowes

BullBuilder, the Bradford Bulls’ Supporters’ Trust is pleased to welcome James Lowes as the Bulls’ new coach.
“Jimmy was a legend as a Bulls player,” said Chairman Mike Farren. “He was at the heart – indeed, you could argue that he was the heart – of the most successful period in the club’s history. Though our position and our immediate ambitions are a little more modest right now, we hope that he can instil some of the same determination and will to succeed into the team, now and in the future.
“Jimmy also played alongside great home-grown Bradford talents, like Stuart Fielden, Jamie Peacock and Leon Pryce, so he will be aware of the benefit of bringing young players through the club’s Academy, and we at BullBuilder look forward to working with him to do just that.”
At the same time, BullBuilder wished to pay tribute to Francis Cummins and Lee St.Hilaire.
“Francis and Lee stood by the club and its fans through the toughest times most of us can remember,” said Farren, “even demonstrating their loyalty by working without pay for a period. They were dealt a very difficult hand with uncertainty off the field and disruption to playing staff and, even though results did not go their way, they demonstrated great dignity and personal integrity. We wish them all the best for a successful future.”
Other commitments permitting, we hope to see James Lowes at the BullBuilder Race Night in the Coral Stand on Wednesday 2nd July at 7:00 PM. Tickets for the event are still available at £5, and can be obtained from the Bradford Bulls’ ticket office, or by emailing info@perfomancedg.com. Alternatively, you can pay on the door.
You do not have to be a member to attend, but you can join or re-join BullBuilder by visiting our website at http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/. 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.

Race Night Reminder

We would like to remind everyone that the BullBuilder Race Night will take place in the Coral Stand on Wednesday 2nd July at 7:00 PM. The evening will be sponsored by Performance Development Group.

First team and academy players will be present to mingle with Bullbuilder members and take part in the fun. We will also be providing catering and the admission price of £5 will include a buffet provided by the award-winning Deeva restaurant.

Tickets cost £5, and can be obtained from the Bradford Bulls’ ticket office, or by emailing info@perfomancedg.com. Some tickets will be available on the door.

You do not have to be a member to attend, but you can join or re-join BullBuilder by visiting our website at http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/. 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.

Helping BullBuilder to help young players

When BullBuilder decided to become dormant at the beginning of 2013, we announced that everyone who was already a paid-up member would see their membership continue until the end of 2014. We believed that this was the right thing to do, as we would not have been in a position to give members value for their membership in 2013, but we always expected to return to full activity at a future date.
As we hope you are aware, that future date has now arrived, and BullBuilder is back! We have a new committee, with fresh ideas; we have announced several high-profile patrons, with more to come; we have made our first of many donations, again with more to come; and we will be holding our first event, one of our fun and popular Race Nights, in the Coral Stand on Wednesday 2nd July at 7:00PM.
Those who are members are already a part of this, and we want to thank them very much indeed for their support!
However, now that we are active again, we are very much in the business of raising funds to help recruit, retain and develop the best junior players at the club. Given the circumstances at the club recently, this is an ever more difficult, but ever more crucial role for BullBuilder.
Existing members of BullBuilder will remain members until the end of this year without having to take any further action. Indeed, some have continued to contribute to BullBuilder funds during the dormant period, for which – again – many thanks.
What would help us most with budgeting would be if those who previously discontinued payments via PayPal or Standing Order, could re-start them. Similarly, if anyone would like to start a regular monthly payment, that would be great, too.
You can find details on how to set up a payment to BullBuilder by visiting the website at http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/join/. Alternatively, Email us at info@bullbuilder.co.uk or write to Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Ltd, Suite 2 Buttershaw Works, Buttershaw Lane, Bradford, BD6 2DD, and we can provide you with the bank details to set up a standing order.
Our members have already ensured that BullBuilder has been able to achieve great things. With your continued support, we can carry on doing just that, just when it’s needed most.

Get with the programme to help the Bulls – and BullBuilder

The club are appealing for programme sellers for this Friday’s match against Hull KR. If you could help, you could get free entry to the match, do the Bulls a favour and boost BullBuilder funds all at the same time.

The club would ideally like to be able to staff four programme sales areas with a couple of people each. To be able to help, you would need to be at the ground from 5PM to pick up the programmes and start selling. 20p from each programme sale will be donated to BullBuilder funds – and we at BullBuilder would also greatly appreciate it if you could distribute flyers about our forthcoming race night on Wednesday 2nd July!

If you would like to sell programmes on Friday, or if you want to find out more details, please contact Sarah Williams on sarah.williams@bradfordbulls.co.uk, or call 01274 762343.

Trailer to Carry Young Bulls to Future Success

BullBuilder, the Bradford Bulls Supporters Trust met with Bulls Academy coach Richard Tunningley and Assistant Mark Robinson at the beginning of the month to discuss how they can provide further help to the Academy. New board members Jen Bennison and Natalie Farr had a tour of existing facilities and it was agreed that BullBuilder would work to raise funds to buy an equipment trailer so that groundstaff could maintain pitches at the Tong training facility.

Bullbuilder chairman Mike Farren explained “Currently the ground staff at Tong don’t have a trailer to transport equipment to ensure that the pitches the academy train on are always in the required condition. Obviously this has a big impact if pitches are unplayable as it means alternative pitches in other parts of the city have to be found, often at late notice and at some expense. With this contribution from BullBuilder the academy will have greater certainty of where they will train and continue to be able to use the excellent facilities at Tong.”

The Tong Training centre is seen as a big factor in attracting young players to the club as it combines pitches, gymnasium, physiotherapy and education facilities in one place that is easy to access from the motorway. As Natalie and Jen discovered it is a comprehensive and modern facility that is the envy of many other clubs. Natalie Farr said “We were all very impressed with the facilities and attention to detail shown by the Bulls staff at Tong. Nothing is left to chance and young players at the club really benefit from these facilities and the services provided to them.”

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Jen Bennison commented “I was heartened to see what is in place for young players at the club. As well as the training facilities the club put player education and welfare high on their list of priorities. This shows a real commitment that should continue to attract the best young players to the club in the future.”

BullBuilder plan to arrange opportunities for members to see the facilities at Tong for themselves with guided tours from Bulls staff. Mike Farren said “Richard Tunningley is keen to allow BullBuilder members to have a look at the facilities and see where their money is spent. This is an excellent opportunity for members to see our work “in the flesh” and we’ll be publicising details of how we will do this shortly.”

Mike Farren concluded “The club are rightly proud of the Tong facilities and we are pleased to be able to help make them even better. We have a number of ideas for further events aimed at raising money to assist the Academy and young players at the club. Our first event of the year is a Race Night at Odsal on Wednesday 2 July at 7pm which includes a buffet provided by the award winning Deeva restaurant.”

Tickets cost £5, and can be obtained from the Bradford Bulls’ ticket office, or by emailing info@perfomancedg.com.

Fans need not be members to attend, but can join or re-join BullBuilder by visiting the website at http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/. For more information, Email BullBuilder at info@bullbuilder.co.uk or write to Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Ltd, Suite 2 Buttershaw Works, Buttershaw Lane, Bradford, BD6 2DD.

More details of BullBuilder Race Night

The BullBuilder committee is pleased to announce that the first event staged by the revitalised BullBuilder will be a race night in the Coral Stand on Wednesday 2nd July at 7:00 PM. The evening will be sponsored by Performance Development Group.
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This will reprise one of the most popular events previously staged by BullBuilder, and this time, we will be aiming to make it even better. The club has agreed to ensure that players are present to mingle with Bullbuilder members and take part in the fun. We will also be providing catering and the admission price of £5 will include a buffet provided by the award-winning Deeva restaurant.
As with all our activities, BullBuilder events aim to raise money to help the Academy and young players at the club, as well as providing a good time for BullBuilder members, bringing supporters of the club together and enabling everyone who cares about the Bulls to feel that they have a part in shaping the future.
Previous BullBuilder events have included quizzes, games nights, Meet the Ref sessions and visits to view the Tong training facility. Over the rest of the season and into the future, we plan to revisit some of the best of these activities and to offer new events for the benefit of our members, and of the young players at the club.
Tickets cost £5, and can be obtained from the Bradford Bulls’ ticket office, or by emailing info@perfomancedg.com.
You do not have to be a member to attend, but you can join or re-join BullBuilder by visiting our website at http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/. 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.