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) 2pm
Come along on support our Under 19's against Hull at Odsal on Thursday 23rd February, 7:30 KO. Don't forget you can also help and support our youth development to grow bigger and better: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bullbuilder-spring-ball-tickets-31970276959
BullBuilder are delighted to announce our next fundraising spectacular. The Academy Spring Ball. BullBuilder is focused on attracting, developing and retaining young talent in the Bradford Bulls Academy. Join us on Friday May 5th in the Southbank Suite, Provident Stadium. Odsal for an evening of good food, great company, fun & games and finish the night dancing to our live band Route 66. Tickets are £35 per person or £325 for a table of 10. You can book your place at the club shop, David Lowdell Photography or online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bullbuilder-spring-ball-tickets-31970276959 Place are limited so book early. David Lowdell Photography Suite 2 Buttershaw Works Buttershaw Lane Bradford. BD6 2DD 07584259103 www.dlpbradford.com
At meeting with the Bulls Academy and Scholarship Players & Parents, Paul Medley from the RFL spoke.
As we know the RFL are speaking with potential buyers of the Bulls one of the main criteria that will be considered as part of any proposal will be maintaining the Academy Structure.
You will also be aware of BullBuilder and the Foundations fund raising efforts to support players and staff. After the meeting tonight Academy and Scholarship Players & Parents held a collection to help and raised £280.87 for our cause. With this and https://www.justgiving.com/
crowdfunding/welfarefund to date £1227 has been raised.
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