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.
BRADFORD Bulls rising star James Bentley was awarded the Student of the Year at the Bulls Foundation awards.
The highly rated forward, who signed a first team contract at the end of the 2016 season, completed the advanced apprenticeship in sporting excellence with the academy and Loughborough College over the past two years.
Bentley achieved a highly commendable pass for his Level 3 NVQ in Excellence in Sport and also obtained a Level 3 BTEC diploma in sport for performance and excellence.
After collecting his qualifications, the youngster now has the chance to go to university but for 2017 he will be ripping into action with the first team.
“The course at the club with Loughborough College was really good to do. It connected with the rugby on the field, as well as off it with my nutrition and media, which I did a lot of,” explained Bentley, sponsored by Aim to Learn.
“Now, I’ve got enough UCAS points so I can go and study at university if I wanted to go and do a course in sport media or sport and exercise science. The course has given me the opportunity after my playing career to go down a different avenue in the sport business.”
“James was a mature student and proved himself to be self-motivated with a desire to improve knowledge of his chosen subjects,” said Anna Kemp, Loughborough College tutor.
“Along with trying to relate and implement that knowledge where possible into his rugby which recently became evident with the offer of a first team contract with the Bradford Bulls.
“James was an excellent student and a fantastic role model for the rest of his group and is and asset to the Bradford Bulls and Loughborough College.”
Come along and support our young talent.
Bradford Bulls Under-19s Fixtures & Results
|Sat 11 Feb 2017||14:00||A||Wakefield Trinity||Academy Championship|
|Thu 23 Feb 2017||19:30||H||City of Hull Academy||Academy Championship|
|Sun 5 Mar 2017||12:30||A||London Broncos||Academy Championship|
|Thu 9 Mar 2017||19:30||H||Widnes Vikings||Academy Championship|
|Sat 18 Mar 2017||14:00||A||Warrington Wolves||Academy Championship|
|Sat 25 Mar 2017||14:00||A||Leeds Rhinos||Academy Championship|
|Thu 30 Mar 2017||19:30||H||St Helens||Academy Championship|
|Sat 15 Apr 2017||14:30||A||Newcastle Thunder||Academy Championship|
|Thu 20 Apr 2017||19:30||H||Warrington Wolves||Academy Championship|
|Fri 28 Apr 2017||17:30||A||St Helens||Academy Championship|
|Sat 6 May 2017||14:00||A||Huddersfield Giants||Academy Championship|
|Sat 27 May 2017||14:00||H||Newcastle Thunder||Academy Championship|
|Sat 3 Jun 2017||14:00||A||Wigan Warriors||Academy Championship|
|Thu 8 Jun 2017||19:30||H||Wakefield Trinity||Academy Championship|
|Thu 22 Jun 2017||19:30||H||Huddersfield Giants||Academy Championship|
|Sat 1 Jul 2017||15:30||A||Catalans Dragons||Academy Championship|
|Thu 13 Jul 2017||19:30||H||Castleford Tigers||Academy Championship|
|Sat 22 Jul 2017||14:00||A||City of Hull Academy||Academy Championship|
|Sat 5 Aug 2017||14:00||H||Catalans Dragons||Academy Championship|
|Sat 12 Aug 2017||14:00||H||London Broncos||Academy Championship|
Like the rest of the fan base, BullBuilder were extremely disappointed to hear that the Bradford Bulls had entered administration. This season has seen remarkable efforts by the Bulls Academy players, staff, Foundation and the Rugby League community in Bradford
The current excellence of young players coming through the ranks – the very players that BullBuilder was formed to support – shows that the future for a financially stable Bradford Bulls could be very bright indeed.
We sincerely hope that an investor will come forward to prevent this potential from being wasted and to allow a revitalised Bradford Bulls to reap the benefit.
We have seen how the Bulls’ players, staff and supporters have showed amazing loyalty over the past few years. At BullBuilder, we believe that this unity of purpose must be built upon.
We have been through this before and our commitment remains as strong as ever and we will be endeavouring to provide support where we can. Our focus on supporting youth development remains and we will be watching the situation closely as it develops.
We continue to be firmly behind the survival and success of the Bulls, and any party who can take this forward.
BullBuilder took time out last week to meet up with U19s player of the year Liam Kirk and U16 player of the year Vytas Vazrys who gave us their thoughts.
Vytas is a backrower from Hunslet Warriors who has starred for the U16s this year and earned a U19 contract. He commented: “It’s an honour to have won this award and a great recognition of the effort I have put into being where I am now. I’d like to thank all the coaching staff that have helped me get through the tough times that I had for the past year and also for making me the player I am today. I would also like to thank my Mum for waking me up at 5 o’clock in the morning and running me around and her support.”
Looking back over the season Vytas said “The highlight of the season is definitely the amount of team work that the boys have put in. Next season I’ll be aiming to play as many games in the Academy and hopefully push into making my debut for the first team.
Liam Kirk won the Rookie of the year award in 2015 and has progressed now to the fringes of the first team and made his debut at Workington some weeks ago. A prop from Drighlinton Liam said “It’s a big honour, been a team effort this year not just down to an individual. We are a very close team and I think that this year has brought us together even stronger and that has shown in the team performances this season. I’d like to thank John Bastian, Matt Diskin, Team Mates, Family and BullBuilder for their support and commitment to the Under 19’s
My highlight was this year was the Wigan game in April, we were down on numbers and we had a young side out playing an experienced team. It was a tough game but our enthusiasm, energy and team work resulted in a 28 -18 win. Next year I hope to be playing in the Bulls first team.
To find out more and how to join for as little as £10 a year please visit www.Bullbuilder.co.uk
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Last week BullBuilder caught up with Bulls Head of Youth John Bastian and new U16 coach Mark Dunning. BullBuilder is providing a significant cash injection into the U16 coaching set up in 2017 and BullBuilder member Sam Grundy asked Mark Dunning what member’s contributions would be going toward:
“It’s going to be a continuation of the good honest hard work done over the last few years. I’ve been involved in the Scholarship programme now for 4 years. It’s had a new focus and mindset over the past 2-3 years and you’ll see a continuation of that.”
“Through John, Robin and the scouting network we recruit U14 and U15 players who take on a 2 year scholarship with the club. We hopefully progress them into Academy level competition after U16s is done. John and the scouts cast the net pretty wide. They’re out on Sunday mornings in all weather and travel all over.”
“There are different challenges each year – different kids each year with different backgrounds, needs and abilities. We thrive on those challenges and try to make these kids better people as well as better players.”
“A typical U16 will get into a gym programme to improve him physically and we’ll help with dealing off field challenges that young adults face. The main thing is we’re trying to make RL players out of them so they get good coaching. It’s all something we’re passionate about.”
“It’s not always about results on the field at this stage but for the last two years we’ve done very well and we’ve also done well producing players for the U19s which is key to what we do and I’ll be carrying on the good work that Leigh Beattie did. We have fourteen players moving up to the U19s for 2017. For the last two years that number has been in double figures, which was not happening before. When I go back to when I played as a junior for the Bulls that was unheard of. That’s testament to the programme and what we do.”
John Bastian added “I’d also say we’re increasing all the time the number of Bradford based players as well as those from other places. I’m delighted these numbers are going up. We have gone up from 13% of our U16s being from Bradford in 2014 to 40% in 2016 our squad that are post coded to Bradford, which is very good numbers and a big increase in 2 years.”
John Bastian was fulsome in his praise for Mark: “Where Mark Dunning’s concerned he’s certainly progressed over the last few years. His contribution and dedication has been top drawer. Not just to the U16s programme but he goes out and watches junior games and has worked really hard with the U19s and anything that’s been asked of him as a volunteer so his promotion has been well earned over the past 4 years including before I was here.”
“I’m delighted that BullBuilder are financially contributing toward Mark’s position, which will help him develop and progress as a coach and will certainly have an influence on the junior players we’re bringing through our ranks here at Bradford Bulls.”
Mark summed up how he and the rest of the staff value the contributions of BullBuilder members : “If you’re a supporter of the club you’ve got to be a supporter of BullBuilder because the work they do is absolutely fantastic and invaluable to the programme that John’s put together. I can’t speak highly enough of the organisation. Embrace it and get involved.”
BullBuilder will be contributing even more to help the U16s and U19s next season. Over £600 was raised in the bucket collection at the semi-final against Dewsbury last week. Thanks to your contributions we can help provide the help that John, Leigh and Mark need in 2017.
To find out more and how to join for as little as £10 a year please visit www.Bullbuilder.co.uk
Bullbuilder player of the year awards presented to Liam Kirk and Vytas Vasnys who have been rewarded for their efforts in 2016. The awards, sponsored by GTL Car Spares of Leeds will be presented by Actor and BullBuilder Patron Duncan Preston with Bullbuilder member (and Academy Player Sponsor ) Mary Dellman.
Liam Kirk wins the U19 player of the year award. It caps a great year for Liam who made his first team debut at Workington and has been given a first team contract for 2017. The 6’4” prop from Drighlington has been a cornerstone of the U19 pack that has helped propel the side into the top echelons of the league. Sponsored by Fabtek Insulations Liam won the BullBuilder Rookie of the Year in 2014 as a junior and has progressed strongly through the Bulls system to first team level.
Head of Youth John Bastian said “Liam has been a great role model in the Academy, consistent and honest with his preparation which has been a reflection of his performances on the rugby field, he fully deserves his award from Bullbuilder and we are very proud that he has also been promoted to Rohan Smiths 1st Grade squad.”
Vytas Vasnys wins the U16 player of the year award. Vytas is a loose forward from Hunslet Warriors who made a try scoring start to the season in an 88-0 victory over Cumbria Academy and hasn’t looked back.
U16 coach Leigh Beattie said “Vytas signed two years ago on our Scholarship from Hunslet Warriors and instantly made his mark on me with his commitment to training and playing. He hit a wobbly patch this year and managed to overcome this and excelled both on the field and in the gym. He is a great kid to coach and absorbs all the information given. He is a credit to his parents and Hunslet Warriors and fully deserves the BullBuilder U16’s Player of the Year.”
BullBuilder spokesman Paul Butterworth said “It’s great to be able to recognise these young men for their efforts on the field this season. Liam has won a number of awards in his time with us and we’re delighted to see him progress to the first team. Vytas is at the beginning of that pathway and has made an outstanding start, we look forward to him making the same progress.”
“BullBuilder has, thanks to the donations of its members, contributed thousands of pounds over the past few years to help develop our young players. We intend, with the help of our growing membership, to keep doing that. We’ll be striving to help John Bastian and his team get all the help possible. Supporters can join for as little as £10 per year and know they are helping provide those extras that make all the difference.”
Too find out more visit www.BullBuilder.co.uk