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The Bradford Bulls Supporters Trust

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BullBuilder Dream Team

TO celebrate Bullbuilder's 10 year anniversary, we are giving YOU the chance to vote for your Bullbuilder Dream Team of Academy graduates!

BullBuilder and Coaching staff have put together a list of players that have progressed through the Bulls youth system since 2010 and gone on to play first team rugby league at either Bradford or elsewhere. BullBuilder was set up to support young player development at the Bulls, to ensure that our young players can have the best possible environment in which to help them develop as players and as people.  It’s great to see so many players from the Bulls Academy over the years graduating to the next level. You have the opportunity to vote and create a BullBuilder Dream Team 1-17 of Bulls Academy Graduates. By making a contribution BullBuilder will be continuing to provide additional support to the Bulls Academy and Youth Development. 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 or if anyone wishes to make a donation to BullBuilder to support young player development http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/donations/ We also have some playing shirts for some of the players that can be found on eBay by searching BullBuilder Players Shirts that we are auctioning to raise funds to support the development of future players. Click link below to cast your vote: DREAM TEAM PLAYERS:  Full Backs Alix Stephenson Curtis Naughton Brandon Pickersgill Wingers Vinny Finigan Ethan Ryan Josh Rickett Joe Brown Centres Joe Wardle Sam Wood Ross Oakes Cameron Scott Halves Adam Brooks Jacob Trueman Rowan Milnes Harry Shackleton Cobi Green Props Steve Crossley Tom Burgess George Burgess Liam McAvoy Matty Lees Liam Kirk Oliver Wilson Ebon Scurr Keelan Foster Anesu Mudoti Hookers Adam O'Brien Nathan Conroy Joe Lumb Reiss Butterworth Tom Doyle Back Row Tom Olbison Elliott Whitehead John Bateman Jobe Murphy Oliver Roberts Alex Mellor Sam Bates James Bentley Matty Storton Brad Gallagher Dan Waite Pullan Loose Forwards Danny Addy James Donaldson Brandan Wilkinson Evan Hodgson To register your votes, CLICK HERE.

BullBuilder a Decade of Supporting Player Development

It’s 10 years since BullBuilder was set up on 23rd March 2010 and due to the fantastic support of members and supporters and  great working relationships with Leigh Beattie (current, Head of Youth Development), Coaching and Medical staff (and Paul Medley, John Bastian when they were Head of Youth Development), to help young player development at the Bulls. Leigh Beattie Head of Youth “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bull Builder and all its members and supporters for your outstanding contribution and support over the last ten years which has provided equipment for training, in the gym, classroom and on the field. Providing medical equipment and supporting the wellbeing of our junior players, this has had and will continue to have a massive impact on the development of our players, on behalf of all the players and staff once again a massive thank you to you all.” John Kear Bulls Head Coach BullBuilder has been a vital part of our Youth Development programme ensuring that our Youth Department can provide the best possible environment in which to help our young players develop as players and most importantly as people. Without their consistent support in what has been some difficult years for the club it would not have been possible for this to happen and for that I would like to thank all involved and if you are thinking of joining BullBuilder please do not hesitate to do so as it really does make a difference. BullBuilder has raised over £ 67,000 in the past four years and has made significant grants comprising: Coaching Assistance Ice Machine Squad Away Day/Team Building Providing and Upgrading Analytic System Camcorder Squat Bars Welfare Grants (including head injury assessments) Nutrition Education   This has only been possible due to the generosity of members, money is raised from events and donations, events have included, Summer Ball, Quiz and Race Nights, Sponsored Events.   It’s great to see so many young players graduating to the next level.  One of the most rewarding aspects of supporting BullBuilder is seeing the progression of players from the youth system into the first team Ross Oakes, Liam Kirk, Bradley Gallagher, Brandon Pickersgill, Ebon Scurr,  Rowan Milnes, Joe Brown the list goes on.   The Bradford Bulls Academy has famously supplied some of the best players in Rugby League, including the Burgess boys, Elliot Whitehead, John Bateman, Jake Truman, James Bentley, Tom Olbison to name a few. BullBuilder Board has made and continues to make significant changes to reflect the support it provides to support the development of young players, these include: Introducing a Welfare Policy/Procedure, requests have included providing funding for medical support eg: funding head injury assessments, financial support if young player or their family do not have the means eg: funds to provide boots etc.  These requests are made by the Head of Youth and are treated in confidence, grants/donations are reflected in our accounts. Reflecting the changes in regulations surrounding the Academy, this will become an Under 18’s competition rather than Under 19’s and the introduction Women’s Under 18’s. Recognising and encouraging young player’s achievements within the sport and personal development, with a variety of awards eg: Player of the Month, Player of the Year and Academic Achievement, etc.   BullBuilder continue to make further significant contributions towards the club’s Scholarship and Academy in 2020. By making this financial contribution BullBuilder will be continuing to provide additional support to the Bulls Academy and Youth Development.   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   Or if anyone wishes to make a donation to BullBuilder to support young player development http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/donations/

Race Night Gets Even More Exciting

At Race Night we have received some fantastic donations (many thanks to the all the people who are kindly donated these) of prizes (more to come) that will be available on the night these include: Alibi Bar and Restaurant have donated raffle prize of two Afternoon tea vouchers to include a glass of prosecco. Alibi : Boutique Bar & Restaurant in Halifax, Yorkshire A premium boutique restaurant and bar that reflects the historic nature of our venue, centrally located in the heart of Halifax. The perfect place to relax, discover new tastes and let us take care of you. www.alibihalifax.co.uk Elaine Crowther, The Top House Race, Odsal: 4 free pints BullBuilder’s Annual Race Night is on Friday, 31st January 2020 at Laisterdyke Cricket Club, - Broad Lane, Bradford BD4 8PA Event starts at 7pm. First Race at 7:20pm Tickets are £5.00 and available from Club Shop or on-line: https://bullbuilder.nutickets.com/54963034 or Contact Jason Taylor (after 6pm) on Tel:07801052236 Ticket includes Pie and Pea Supper and free prize draw. Come and enjoy a fun evening of big screen horse racing with a pie & pea supper, Raffle and auction. The 1st Team Squad has 15 players who have come through the Bulls Academy  

Support Young Player Development

BullBuilder’s fundraising race night helps BullBuilder to keep supporting young player development at the Bradford Bulls. BullBuilder’s Annual Race Night is on Friday, 31st January 2020 at Laisterdyke Cricket Club, - Broad Lane, Bradford BD4 8PA Event starts at 7pm. First Race at 7:20pm Tickets are £5.00 and available from Club Shop or on-line: https://bullbuilder.nutickets.com/54963034 or Contact Jason Taylor (after 6pm) on Tel:07801052236 Ticket includes Pie and Pea Supper and free prize draw. Come and enjoy a fun evening of big screen horse racing with a pie & pea supper, Raffle and auction. Thanks to the support of BullBuilder members and people supporting events, BullBuilder has in the past four years has made grants of over £50000 to support young player development. In the last year, BullBuilder has made significant grants including: Coaching Assistance Ice Machine Squad Away Day/Team Building Upgrading Analytic System Camcorder Squat Bars Welfare Grants (inc: funding head injury assessments) Funding for a nutritionist Upper-body conditioning equipment, for use when a player is suffering from injury. This has only been possible due to the generosity of members, money is raised from events and donations, events have included, Summer Ball, Quiz and Race Nights, Sponsored Snowdonia Challenge, etc. BullBuilder is the name of the Bradford Bulls Supporters Trust. Its main aims are:
  • To invest in young  players at academy, scholarship levels
  • WHY - To help our Under 16's and 18's realise their ambitions
  • HOW - Using our creativity, commitment and enthusiasm
  • WHAT - We raise funds for the extras the Under 16's and 18's wouldn't otherwise receive
Race Sponsors           Trevor Foster Family: Butterworth/Green Family in Memory of Helen Butterworth: Graeme Smith: Jimmy and Jason Taylor

BullBuilder Achievements in 2019 and now for 2020

Be part of the BullBuilder success. BullBuilder Race Night Friday, 31st January 2020 at Laisterdyke Cricket Club, - Broad Lane, Bradford BD4 8PA Event starts at 7pm. First Race at 7:20pm Tickets are £5.00 and available from Club Shop or on-line: https://bullbuilder.nutickets.com/54963034 or Contact Jason Taylor (after 6pm) on Tel:07801052236 Includes Pie and Pea Supper and free prize draw. Come and enjoy a fun evening of big screen horse racing with a pie & pea supper, Raffle and auction. This is our annual fundraising race night to help us to keep supporting the youth system at the Bradford Bulls. In the last year BullBuilder had a great working relationship with John Bastian when he was Head of Youth Development and have established an excellent working relationship with Leigh Beattie (newly appointed, Head of Youth Development) coaching and medical staff, Leigh has attended BullBuilder Board meetings to feedback in regard to the support BullBuilder provides and the beneficial impact this has had on the Academy and Youth Development. BullBuilder Board has made and continues to make significant changes to reflect the support it provides to support the development of young players, these include: Introducing a Welfare Policy/Procedure, requests have included providing funding for medical support eg: funding head injury assessments, financial support if young player or their family do not have the means eg: funds to provide boots etc.  These requests are made by the Head of Youth and are treated in confidence, grants/donations are reflected in our accounts. Reflecting the changes in regulations surrounding the Academy, this will become an Under 18’s competition rather than Under 19’s and the introduction Women’s Under 18’s. Recognising and encouraging young player’s achievements within the sport and personal development, with a variety of awards eg: Player of the Month, Player of the Year and Academic Achievement, etc. BullBuilder has continued to work closely with the Bulls Foundation to coordinate and combine efforts an example is being able to access Matched Funding from Barclay’s.  BullBuilder and the Bulls Foundation are independent bodies with different aims, but often overlap in their activities. As you will be aware the Bulls Foundation (the official charity of the Bradford Bulls), provides services to the Bradford district and wider areas to adults, children and young people, regardless of gender, religious belief, cultural heritage or abilities. The Foundation uses the power of sport to educate, motivate and inspire the local community through activities including; sport, health, education, heritage, social inclusion and arts and culture. The Foundation gets people involved from all backgrounds, whether it’s getting children and young people playing the game in schools or getting people interested in Rugby League or sport generally. They reach the local community to promote positive lifestyle messages, build confidence, develop talent and promote civic pride. The child that tries the game for the first time thanks to one of their events could one day end up becoming a long term supporter or even an elite level player.  This is reflected in the number of young players from the local community that the Bulls continue to recruit. In regard to how BullBuilder has contributed in the past four years below is a summary of income and the money we’ve granted to the Academy. 2016    Income   £6732                   Grants £3089 2017    Income   £22110                  Grants  £16555 2018    Income   £19943                  Grants  £18625 2019    Income   £18525                  Grants  £11306 During this financial year, BullBuilder has made significant grants comprising: Grants to support the Academy and Youth Development (full details are available in BullBuilder Accounts: Coaching Assistance Ice Machine Squad Away Day/Team Building Upgrading Analytic System Camcorder Squat Bars Welfare Grants This has only been possible due to the generosity of members, money is raised from events and donations, events have included, Summer Ball, Quiz and Race Nights, Sponsored Snowdonia Challenge, etc.  We have also received significant support and financial contributions from Barclay’s (Matched Funding). The U16s and U19s have had good seasons and it’s great to see so many graduating to the next level.  One of the most rewarding aspects of supporting BullBuilder is seeing the progression of players out of the youth system into the first team. We have ideas for a programme of events for 2020 based on a very successful 2019 and obviously depends on the number of and interest from the members of BullBuilder.  Given that the Southbank at Odsal is regrettably not available to host events we intend to host events within Bradford. BullBuilder are set to make further significant contributions towards the club’s Scholarship and Academy in 2020. By making this financial contribution BullBuilder will be continue to provide additional support to the Bulls Academy and Youth Development.  Help by supporting our Race Night on 31st January 2020.

BullBuilder Race Night

BullBuilder Race Night Friday, 31st January 2020 at Laisterdyke Cricket Club, - Broad Lane, Bradford BD4 8PA Event starts at 7pm. First Race at 7:20pm Tickets are £5.00 and available from Club Shop or on-line: https://bullbuilder.nutickets.com/54963034 or Contact Jason Taylor (after 6pm) on Tel:07801052236 Includes Pie and Pea Supper and free prize draw. Come and enjoy a fun evening of big screen horse racing with a pie & pea supper, Raffle and auction. This is our annual fundraising race night to help us to keep supporting the youth system at the Bradford Bulls. Recent BullBuilder investment includes: Funding for a nutritionist to come in and do 23 individual programs for the 18s, they will be weighed their skin folds taken and a individual diet plan put in place for everyone of them for the rest of the season, monitoring their progress, and workshops for the 15s and 16s players and parents, and also a cooking workshop for not so privileged kids. Leigh Beattie (Head of Youth Development) says: this benefits our players massively in their development, players struggle with college and work and then the workload of training.  This will educate them in how to fuel the body ready for training and games, because some players need to gain weight some players need to lose weight this is a great tool, nutrition is massive in the aid to develop great athletes. Ski-Erg: Adam Simpson: Head of Strength and Conditioning says: Ski-Erg is a valuable addition to our facilities offering the following advantages:
  • Upper-body conditioning. The Ski-Erg provides a modality for use when a player is suffering from a lower body injury. During the acute stages on an injury there are periods where players are limited in what they can do to challenge their energy systems. A Ski-Erg can be used seated and still provide a significant conditioning effect during these stages.
  • Varied conditioning options.  Ski-Erg offers a new movement pattern to be challenged during off-feet sessions. This will be particularly important during the early stages of pre-season when running is to be limited to ensure optimal hypertrophy adaptations. The extra and varied equipment provide the opportunity to still incorporate challenging but low impact conditioning.
  • Recovery. Game day +1 recovery sessions can incorporate these to provide and upper-body flush out. When combined with the range of recovery options we currently offer this would bolster our sessions and improve the recovery process.

BullBuilder/Bulls Annual Awards 2019

U16’s Player of the Year Award 2019: (shield sponsored by GTL Motor Spares, trophy sponsored by Kelly Hargreaves and Jason Taylor): Winner of Award:  Lewis Camden (sponsored by Merilyn Phillips Ltd) U16’s Coach Leigh Mark Dunning said “Lewis Camden developed from a young little shy lad in to a confident and talented young player. His attitude and effort has been outstanding and this has accumulated in his man of the match performance for England U16’s against Wales. He has worked extremely hard to achieve what he has so far along with the rest of his team mates and he knows he now has a massive opportunity to kick on and continue to develop and express himself with our U18’s” Trevor Foster Unsung Hero Award 2019 (sponsored by the Trevor Foster Family) The Award is awarded to person who gives a lot of commitment and/or puts a lot effort into the Club, that people are not aware of ie: a volunteer who does cleaning, washes kit, etc., members of office staff. Award presented by Adam Nowakowski, Grandson of Trevor Foster Winner of Award: Iris Beattie – Stuart Duffy said “ Iris has volunteered for many years to wash playing kits for all the Bulls teams including socks, she has provided invaluable support for the players and Club.” U19’s Player of the Year Award 2019: (shield sponsored by GTL Motor Spares, trophy sponsored by Toni Hoggett) Winner of Award:  Matthew Race (sponsored by K3 Cosmetic Dental Studio). Matthew, who comes from the Stanley Rangers community club, is a stand-off or scrum half who has impressed this season.  U19’s Coach Leigh Beattie said “Matthew is a stand off or scrum half who controls the game well.   He’s really worked on his defence this season as well.  However it is in terms of his attitude that he has made real progress.   He can be a bit of a “class clown” this growing maturity has shone through.   I think he’s realised what he needs to do in order to progress.    His overall performance has lifted 100% and I hope he continues to mature as he’s a real talent.” Academic Achievement Award 2019: (trophy sponsored by Sue Cater): The winner of this award is chosen by the Head of Youth Development and awarded to a young player who has shown a lot of commitment and/or puts a lot effort into their educational/academic development. Winner of Award: Jacob Beety Paul Fisher Outstanding Achievement Award 2019 (trophy sponsored by Paul Butterworth): This award is to recognise someone that has worked hard through testing times or have come through or supported youth development and contributed consistently over a long period.  Leigh Beattie said “Toni has cared for young players, supported the medical team and provided him with Admin support, she really deserves this award”. Winner of Award:  Toni Hoggett The award presented by Karen Fisher (Thanks to David Lowdell for the Photographs)