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U19s Player of Month March 2019

BullBuilder is pleased to announce the winner of the U19s player of the month for March. The March award goes to winger Murphy Smith.   Murphy, who comes from the Guiseley Rangers community club, is a winger whose attitude and commitment in training and on the field has stood out this season. Head of Youth John Bastian said “Murphy is a player that all the coaching staff, including myself, Leigh Beattie, Mark Dunning and the Strength and Conditioning Team can’t speak highly enough of.   He’s even caught John Kear’s eye with his performances for the 19s. He’s young man that displays the highest standards when it comes to attitude and application.  He really strives to learn and improve, as a winger and as an athlete.   His performances this year are of the most honest I’ve seen in 20 years of youth development.” Murphy, who is in his second year in the U19s is studying his ‘A’ Levels at Benton Park High School.   John Bastian said “We’d like to commend and thank the staff at Benton Park and the coaches at Guiseley Rangers for the effort and commitment they’ve shown Murphy.” “All the staff are delighted with his progress this year.  He’s played every game so far and as a winger he can finish well but he’s also never afraid to make the hard carries or put his shoulder in when it comes to defence.   He’s one of the first names Leigh Beattie puts down on his team sheet.” BullBuilder chairman Paul Butterworth said “Murphy is very highly thought of.  He’s a talented player with an excellent attitude.  We’re pleased to be awarding him the BullBuilder U19s Player of the Month award for March 2019.” Murphy will receive his award at pitchside at half time during the match versus Barrow on 22nd April.   Murphy’s sponsor is Dot Daly who will present Murphy with his award, supported by BullBuilder Board Member Mary Jo Daly. BullBuilder will be summoning all their efforts to raise more money for youth development on Saturday 22nd June when they scale Mount Snowden in Wales.  31 people have committed to join the 9 mile walk and you can join them by clicking on this link. Or contact Toni Hoggett on 07947 159065 the deadline for applicants is 16 April. Anyone who’d like to sponsor the team doing the Snowdon Challenge, please click on https://www.gofundme.com/bullbuilder-snowdon-2019-challenge?member=1874426 A new challenge has been set for one of the Bullbuilder Board members.  Dot Daly said "To help myself and help Bullbuilder, I have agreed to a sponsored slim”. Dot’s aim is to lose 7lbs a month or 6 stone in a year, this is a big challenge for her personally but she is up for it. Dot has now lost an amazing 1.5 stones. That’s 21lbs in total towards her target and a great achievement in 2 months. To sponsor Dot go to: https://www.gofundme.com/bullbuilder?viewupdates=1&rcid=r01-154695372134-4f1baf2c62ba4d01&utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=cta_button&utm_campaign=upd_n To find out more about BullBuilder and how to join for as little as £10 a year please visit https://membermojo.co.uk/bullbuilder/joinus

BullBuilder makes significant grants

BullBuilder has made significant grants to the clubs youth structure in the last six months. Since our financial year started on the 1st of September 2018 we have made the following grants: Analytics- new system £3168, Coaching support £2250, Camcorder £1490, Ice machine £1230, Powerplay £1000, Coaching qualifications £425, Squat Bars £400, Mirrors £280, Wrist bands £150, Support for Bridlington pre season away day £150, New printer £140, New vacuum £139, Miscellaneous small Grants £119. TOTAL £10,941   For comparison, in the 12 months to the 31st of August 2018 we made grants totaling £18,625. In addition to our membership subscriptions and regular donations we hold events throughout the year. Since September we have run a very successful race night (which raised almost £2300) and last Friday the Coral Stand hosted a well-attended and enjoyable annual quiz night. Early indications are that the Quiz proceeds will exceed £1100. We rely on the participation of BullBuilder members and fans at these events to ensure we can continue to support John Bastian and his staff at the level they, the young players and the fans deserve. We hope that our next event at Odsal (our Summer Ball) will attract all the regulars and some new faces. Finally .....  keep an eye out for details of a Snowdonia challenge which is planned to follow up on last year is extremely successful innovation - the 3 Peaks challenge. Thank you for your support and making this possible. Les Priestley (Treasurer)

Bulls get the Knack of it.

Thanks to the support of BullBuilder young players at Bradford Bulls will be getting the benefit of more cutting edge technology. The NacSport System is a sports performance analysis tool that is currently used by coaches and players to break down video footage of games.  This is then compiled to identify areas of good play and areas for improvement to help players improve their game. Head of Youth John Bastian said: “The system helps break down games so that individual players are assessed.  Each gets a points total and the system can look at attacking play, defensive play, kicking and other facets of the game.  It helps to point out good things players do on the field and areas for improvement.” BullBuilder has helped us upgrade the system currently used by the Bulls to offer more advanced systems including new licenses and monitors.  This is an elite system.” John Bastian said “The new equipment and licenses from BullBuilder will allow players and coaches to drill down even further into footage of their performance on the field.  It enables coaches and players to give more attention to detail which will improve performances.” The system should have a knock on effect on player performance and ensure constant improvement for those players that use it to its fullest.” Josh Bryan from Analysis Pro recently spent time with coaches Leigh Beattie and Mark Dunning and the players to provide education in using the new systems so they can get the most out of the upgraded equipment and software. BullBuilder chairman Paul Butterworth said “It’s thanks to the generosity of BullBuilder members and supporters that we were able to provide the funding to get this equipment and we think it will be of great benefit to the coaching staff and players.  In the modern game we can leave no stone unturned as we seek to provide the best coaching and support to young players.” Some of the first users of the equipment were the Bulls players who have just been selected for the National Youth Performance Programme, Jake Judson, Lewis Camden, Taylor Mail and Jacob Beety, (pictured). BullBuilder members and Bulls supporters who would like to help continue to support youth development should be aware that the annual quiz night takes place at Odsal on Friday 1st March. Paul Butterworth said:  “Last year this was a great success we hope to match or even better last year’s efforts.  Ross Peltier has very kindly offered to be a Quiz Master and the event will be attended by players and staff.” “The Bulls are supporting the event and will provide a fabulous Team Prize for 4 to 6 people, hospitality in the Southbank including free food at a home league game of the winning team’s choice.” Tickets are £5 per person or £20 for a Team of 4/6 people. Tickets can be purchased from the Club shop or on line via: https://bullbuilder.nutickets.com/54950096  or contact David Lowdell on 07584259103. To find out more about BullBuilder and how to join for as little as £10 a year please visit https://membermojo.co.uk/bullbuilder/joinus        

BullBuilder Help Youth Teams go from Turf to Surf

The Bradford Bulls U16s and U19s team enjoyed a change of scene as part of their pre-season training in February. The teams made the trip to Bridlington for some specialist physical and teamwork training.  Head of Youth John Bastian explained: “This day was an excellent opportunity to use a different environment for the youth players.  We took the players to the beach where they underwent a number of exercises designed to challenge them in different ways.   It was a good way of integrating players from the year 11s with the U16s to the first and second year U19s.  The players enjoyed various challenges that pushed them to the limit.  These helped foster team ethics and working together when going through the pain barrier.” After this session the players used the facilities kindly made available by Dave Robinson at Bridlington RUFC to perform further training before given lunch which was paid for by BullBuilder. John Bastian said “It was a superb day, very enjoyable, and there was a lot of intensity in the training.  I’m sure the players and coaching staff got a lot out of it.  I’d like to thank BullBuilder and its members for helping to make it possible via their financial donations.” BullBuilder chairman Paul Butterworth said “It was a freezing morning that started off in bright sunshine, but soon turned very cold with a sleet shower heading over. The boys were fantastic and never gave up in the freezing conditions. A true credit to the club and if these lads carry on with the attitude they showed this morning they have an amazing future in the game.” Pre-season training started in early November and is now well advanced.   The first game for the U19s is on 28 February at home to St Helens, KO 7.30pm.    The U16s kick off in March. Quiz Night Back Again in 2019 BullBuilder has a number of events planned to help raise funds to support the youth teams in 2019 kicking off with the annual quiz night at Odsal on Friday 1st March. Paul Butterworth said:  “Last year this was a great success we hope to match or even better last year’s efforts.  Ross Peltier has very kindly offered to be a Quiz Master and the event will be attended by players and staff.” “The Bulls are supporting the event and will provide a fabulous Team Prize for 4 to 6 people, hospitality in the Southbank including free food at a home league game of the winning team’s choice.” Tickets are £5 per person or £20 for a Team of 4/6 people. Tickets can be purchased from the Club shop or on line via: https://bullbuilder.nutickets.com/54950096  or contact David Lowdell on 07584259103. BullBuilder to Climb Every Mountain Following the success of the BullBuilder 3 Yorkshire Peaks Challenge in 2018 they plan to follow it up with a trek up Mount Snowden in Wales on 22 July.  The length of the walk is 9 miles and takes approximately 5-6 hours to complete.   Last year saw player parents, coaching staff and supporters all join together for an enjoyable stroll in the dales (or the hardest thing ever!) that raised several thousand pounds.  If you want an further information please contact Toni Hoggett 07947 159065 All monies raised will go to Bradford Bulls Academy and Scholarship youth development at the club. To find out more about BullBuilder and how to join for as little as £10 a year please visit https://membermojo.co.uk/bullbuilder/joinus

BullBuilder Event

BullBuilder Quiz Night on Friday 1st March @7.00pm in the Southbank at Odsal Stadium is our first fundraising event of the year. Last year this was a great success we hope to match or even better last year’s efforts. Ross Peltier has very kindly offered to be a Quiz Master. The Bulls are supporting the event and will provide a fabulous Team Prize (4 to 6 people), hospitality in the Southbank including free food at a home league game of the winning team’s choice. Tickets are £5 per person or £20 for a Team of 4/6 people. Tickets can be purchased from the Club shop or on line via: https://bullbuilder.nutickets.com/54950096  or contact David Lowdell on 07584259103        

BullBuilder Re-boot Academy

Injuries and fatigue will be treated with new cutting edge equipment this season thanks to BullBuilder, the Bradford Bulls Supporters Trust. The equipment, which has been supplied to the medical department, will assist staff in treating injuries and fatigued players from each of the club’s teams from under 16s to first team. Head of Youth John Bastian said “The equipment supplied has lifted our medical department to a whole new level of quality.  BullBuilder have always been good at identifying equipment that can benefit everyone and these latest purchases are consistent with that.” Head of Academy Medical Aaron Scholes said “BullBuilder have bought us two more Re-boot Rehabilitation and Recovery Systems and the Powerplay Kit.   The Re-boots are great for injury management and rehabilitation and also for helping players recover from particularly tough training that leaves them stiff and sore.  For example, this equipment is especially good for the bigger players as it can be used to provide a full leg massage which then frees up staff to perform other duties.  The end result is that in all cases players can train harder and recover quicker.” “They’re excellent for injury rehab too.  We have a young academy player who’s been out with a long term injury but thanks to the Re-boot system he’s been running for the first time this week.” “The Poweplay Kit has also been of great benefit.  It’s a cold compression therapy system that helps player recovery from swelling or fatigue.    It greatly reduces recovery time and now we have several of these kits we can treat many more players.” John Bastian said “This equipment, along with the ice machine already purchased by BullBuilder will have a significant positive benefit to all our players.  With over 70 junior players at the club from U16s, U19s, reserves and first team they will all be able to take advantage.  It can be a game changer for our medical department, which means it will have a knock on effect on the field too.” BullBuilder also provided new mirrors in the gym to replace damaged ones.  The mirrors were sourced via a scholarship player’s parent at a reasonable price and have been installed.   Aaron Scholes joked “The new mirrors look great and won’t be getting any cracks so long as the uglier first teamers don’t look at them.  Fortunately our younger players are better looking than them.” BullBuilder chairman Paul Butterworth said “I’d like to thank everyone that donated at recent events and for their continued subscriptions.   This equipment was chosen to have maximum benefit to all our players and is already having a great effect.” To find out more about BullBuilder and how to join for as little as £10 a year please visit www.Bullbuilder.co.uk        

BullBuilder 2019 Youth Development Investment Begins With ?????

As a result of fantastic support from BullBuilder members and supporters, we have received some feedback from Bulls, “Thanks for the wonderful support, it makes a massive difference helping to ensure the Academy have the equipment needed.” We are all seeing the benefit of the Bulls having a very successful Youth Development Programme with almost half the first team squad now having coming through the Bulls Academy. As a result of the Race Night, BullBuilder has been able to purchase an ice making machine to upgrade the medical facilities as there was not enough ice to provide the best care for our players across all youth levels. “Ice is the best treatment for injuries especially in a contact sport such as Rugby League. However, with the high quality youth coming through the academy from U15's to U19's, it was necessary to acquire a bigger ice machine to provide the best care for all our future stars.” In addition to funding the ice machine BullBuilder is also funding an ice compression device for treating acute injuries. This device uses ice around the joint and compresses it to squeeze out any swelling (something that manual treatment cannot do). It can also be used to heat joints so stiff joint are made more flexible for medical staff to treat the players. With so many academy players coming through our door, having this device will allow the medical team to treat 6 players at any one time, getting rid of long lasting swelling and discomfort that ice alone simply doesn't touch. This would mean that the medical department can be even more effective in treating injuries ultimately getting the players back playing quicker. It would also mean that the recovery processes the day after a game will improve drastically. People are showing fantastic support in sponsoring the Bulls Academy and Scholarship Players, Club have told us that people have sponsored almost every U19’s player, and U16’s sponsorship is also progressing well. If anyone would like to sponsor an Academy or Scholarship please contact Tracey Erby tracey.erby@bradfordbulls.co.uk or by checking on Bulls website https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/bradford/bradford-bulls-rugby-league-football-club/u19s To find out more about BullBuilder and how to join for as little as £10 a year please visit https://membermojo.co.uk/bullbuilder/joinus      

BullBuilder Race to Success!

BullBuilder, the Bradford Bulls Supporters Trust, hailed its members and supporters following another very successful race night and auction at Odsal last week. The event, which was attended by over 150 members, supporters, players and players families raised well over £2000 for the Supporters Trust and included a donation of £150 from the ex-players society.  The monies will be spent on new equipment for the youth teams including a new ice machine for the Tong Training Centre to assist with player recovery. Head of Youth John Bastian said “The players use a lot of ice after games and after training and it’s used to help them recover faster and reduce muscle pain and soreness.  As we all know it’s also used to treat injuries and having a new ice machine means we can do all those things better.” “Events like these are superb for bringing together supporters, players and staff and the monies raised are greatly appreciated and will go to good use.   BullBuilder do a tremendous job for the youth teams and support us with real energy and enthusiasm.  I’d urge all supporters to come along to future events and get involved.” BullBuilder chairman Paul Butterworth said “I’d like to thank everyone that donated including members and supporters.   It was a very enjoyable event and it was great to see so many current players there with their families too.   The money raised will be spent carefully to ensure it has maximum benefit to the youth teams.” To find out more about BullBuilder and how to join for as little as £10 a year please visit https://membermojo.co.uk/bullbuilder/joinus

BullBuilder U19s Player of Month August 2018

BullBuilder is pleased to announce the final winner of the U19s player of the month award for 2018. The August award goes to stand off Rowan Milnes.   Rowan comes from Bradford but came via the Siddal community club.  He made his mark with some classy performances in the U19s and reserves and made two first team appearances this season. Head of Youth John Bastian said “Rowan has had a wonderful year. He’s an intelligent, playmaking stand-off half who has shown a great deal of maturity this year.  He’s not only excelled for the U19s but also the reserve grade and for Yorkshire Origin U18s versus Lancashire.  He has featured in the first team and has been working with John Kear to develop his game further.  He’s still got another year in the U19s to go so that shows how well he is developing.” “Rowan is just the right sort of person we want at the club and he has a very strong supportive family behind him.   He’s still learning the game and developing physically.  As he develops his defence and his positional awareness he will provide some healthy competition for the first team half backs in 2019.” BullBuilder chairman Paul Butterworth said “Rowan is another Bradford born player to win this award and he has a bright future ahead of him.” Rowan will receive his award at pitchside at half time during the match versus Workington on 7th October   Rowan is sponsored by the Erby family.   He will receive his award from the Erby family Jackie, Derek, Tracey and Amy together with BullBuilder board members Mary-Jo Daly and Kelly Hargreaves. On Wednesday 14th November BullBuilder will be hosting a race night.  This will take place in the Southbank at Odsal with tickets available for purchase from the Club shop.  Tickets will be £5 and include a pie and pea supper.  Tickets can also be bought on line at https://bullbuilder.nutickets.com/52723 Paul Butterworth said “The race nights are always an enjoyable evening and very popular.  Everyone is welcome and all funds raised go toward junior development at the Bulls.” To find out more about BullBuilder and how to join for as little as £10 a year please visit https://membermojo.co.uk/bullbuilder/joinus