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The Bradford Bulls Supporters Trust

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BullBuilder to Present ‘Rookie of the Year’ Award

Members of the BullBuilder Committee, along with their guests, will take a table at the Bradford Bulls’ End of Season Ball.

The event, now sold out, will also be the occasion for the presentation of awards for the 2014 season, and BullBuilder will be involved here as well, presenting the under-19 squad’s ‘Rookie of the Year Award’.

“The purpose of the Rookie of the Year award,” said BullBuilder Chairman, Mike Farren, “is to celebrate the overall development of a young player – not just his playing development. The club has always been rightly proud of developing rounded characters through the Academy, and we at BullBuilder are right behind them on this.”

Factors such as attitude in training, involvement in the team, progress in studies, general character and demeanour have all been taken into account in making this award, with input coming primarily from the Academy coaching staff.

“It’s a great privilege to be able to present this award,” continued Farren, “but we are also looking to enjoy the event along with the rest of the Bulls’ fans. The End of Season Ball is a fantastic innovation, and we are pleased to be able to contribute to it, both as paying guests, contributing to the club’s coffers for next season’s promotion push, and as active participants, recognising the great efforts made over the season by players from the Academy.”

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 Sends 4 to Bulls Foundation Camps

The recently completed Bulls Foundation Summer Camps, held during the school holidays in July and August, proved a great success in teaching rugby skills to children from 6 to 14. Thanks to BullBuilder, four disadvantaged children were given the chance to attend these camps.

Bullbuilder chairman Mike Farren said “Though we at BullBuilder focus mainly on the Bulls’ Academy, we are also interested in developing the Rugby League community throughout Bradford and the surrounding area. The more children there are playing Rugby League, the greater the pool that the Academy can select from – and the greater the chance of finding the stars of the future!”

Two of the places were funded directly by BullBuilder Board members, while money for the other two came from BullBuilder reserves. However, to ensure absolute fairness, the selection of worthy candidates was done by club pastor, Warren Evans.

“We worked previously with Warren, when administering the Hardship Fund during the administration of 2012,” said Farren. “We were aware of his trustworthiness. He was the ideal person to bring discretion and even-handedness to the process.”

You can read more about the Summer Camps at http://www.bullsfoundation.org/2014/08/foundation-celebrating-summer-of-success/.

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.

Academy Products Sign up to Bright Bulls Future

News that a number of academy products, including four recent graduates, have signed new 1st team contracts is another shot in the arm for the club, the academy and Bullbuilder. Alex Mellor, Nathan Conroy and Sam Bates have all had a taste of 1st team action and seen their pictures appear on the board of graduates at the Training Centre at Tong and Adam Brook will surely be adding his picture soon. Those of you that have seen these players in action will know what rich potential they have.

Board showing Academy graduates who have played in Super League

Board showing Academy graduates who have played in Super League

Bullbuilder chairman Mike Farren said “It’s very pleasing indeed to see Alex, Nathan, Sam and Adam sign new deals with the club. It’s reward for their hard work and talent and must be very satisfying for the staff to see them come through. I look forward to seeing them – and others – make an impact in the first team in 2015.”

Considering the upheaval of recent seasons, the fact that the academy is rated as the best in Yorkshire is something we can be proud of and need to shout from the rooftops. It’s a testament to the staff at the club who’ve not allowed events in the recent past to distract them. These signings show the system bearing fruit. Bullbuilder will be ensuring that this production line continues to be supported and is in the process of organising a number of events to do just that.

The great Wigan coach of the 90s John Monie said in his biography that out of each academy intake he had at Wigan only 2 or 3 could expect to make it 1st team action and only one of those might become a regular 1st team player, let alone an international. That was when Wigan monopolised the best young talent in the country. Looking at the number of Bulls academy players that have gone on to achieve great things this shows what a valuable resource it is.

Now that the club has a stable set up off field the academy can develop without the distraction of off field matters. Who knows what it can go on to achieve?

Mike Farren said “Bullbuilder will continue to provide the special “extras” to enhance young player development and continue to make Bradford Bulls the outstanding academy in Yorkshire and become the best in the country. We would like to thank our members for the financial, organisational and moral support they contribute!”

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: 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.

ASP Logo Deeva Logo Gamestec Logo

Hamtune Logo Hope Park Logo

PDG Logo Seabrook Logo

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.