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From Tiny Acorns comes Oakes

Academy Aim for Excellence

While the Bulls Academy goes from strength to strength on the field it’s also leading the way off it with several players taking the Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence AASE qualification and following the examples of double Olympic Gold Medallist Rebecca Adlington and England football international Jack Wilshere.

It provides a structured training and development route across a number of sports for talented young athletes (aged 16-19), who have a real chance of excelling in their sport; either by competing on the world stage or securing a professional contract.

The AASE programme reflects the range of skills, knowledge and performance criteria required in elite level sport. It is designed to directly measure the athlete’s ability to plan, apply and evaluate their development in the appropriate technical, tactical, physical and psychological aspects of their sport. It also addresses wider issues such as lifestyle, career development, communication and health and safety.

There are currently more than 2500 athletes on the AASE throughout England and the Bulls have been part of it with 70-80% of the academy doing the BTEC and AASE course with James Bentley, Lewis Ainley, Brandan Wilkinson and Matthew Crimes being offered University places this year as a result.

Head of Youth John Bastian explained:   “This qualification is aimed at those athletes with proven ability or the potential to play at the highest level .”

From Tiny Acorns comes Oakes

U19 Centre Ross Oakes was the recipient of the BullBuilder player of the month award for July which was awarded last weekend.  The young centre has had some standout games for the academy and been rewarded with selection in the first team squad this season.      Ross commented: “It’s down to hard work and determination and the help of my teammates working for each other.”     Ross is one of six U19s rewarded with a first team contract for 2017.  “I’ll be working hard in pre-season and will be aiming to get in the starting 17.”

His sponsors , grandparents, Maureen and Geoff Hammond said “The U19s have been doing very well this season and it’s down to determination and hard work.  The coaching staff led by John Bastian and his team have done a brilliant job and brought the best out of the players and got them playing as a team.”

John Bastian said “Ross probably under achieved last year and when Matt Diskin and I discussed his progress in 2015 we weren’t sure about him.  He was offered a basic contract and under put under no illusions as to what he had to do to succeed.   He could’ve walked away and sulked but instead he came back for pre-season in really good shape and was almost like a different person.  He’s worked very hard and shown very good application and attitude which has been recognised by ourselves and Rohan Smith. All credit to Ross.”

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BullBuilder Raises Formal Complaint/s

People will be aware of additional charges that Featherstone Rovers are imposing on supporters attending Sunday’s fixture against the Bradford Bulls.

BullBuilder on behalf of supporters has raised formal complaint/s with the RFL in regard to this matter, these were delivered in person today.

If and when any response is received this will be shared on the BullBuilder website.

BullBuilder to fund bid for Outstanding Status

BullBuilder to fund bid for Outstanding Status

BullBuilder is to help fund new efforts to help the clubs Academy side work towards achieving “outstanding” status in next year’s RFL accreditation reviews.

After achieving a “good” marking this year Head of Youth John Bastian is aiming high for 2017 and has engaged the help of 4 Capacities – an Improvement and Leadership Development company to help produce a development plan for the Academy.

John Bastian said “4 Capacities will be coming to the Bulls to help us produce a development plan to help identify how we can improve from being “good” to “outstanding”.    I feel it’s important to keep striving to improve so we’ll be doing our utmost to improve over the next 12 months.   I’d like to thank BullBuilder and all its members for their financial contribution which will help us make this happen.”

BullBuilder spokesman Paul Butterworth said:  “Many of the clubs with Academies that were rated as outstanding have significantly bigger budgets than the Bulls.   It shows the quality and commitment of the staff here that they received a “good” rating.      John Bastian and his team now want to kick on and target an “outstanding” rating.   BullBuilder is keen to help them do that wherever we can.”

If you would like to join BullBuilder or find out more visit www.BullBuilder.co.uk

BullBuilder catches up with Bentley

BullBuilder caught up with U19 player of the month James Bentley last week.  BullBuilder spokesman Paul Buttterworth put the questions:

When and why did you choose the Bulls Academy?

In my second year, joined from Oulton Raiders which is between Leeds and Wakefield.  I chose the Bulls because of the excellent staff and the facilities.

What are your ambitions in Rugby League?

I want to make the first team at the Bulls, represent England and I would like to play in NRL some day.

How do you feel BullBuilder contributes and benefits the Academy?

The efforts of BullBuilder are very very beneficial, in terms of equipment, facilities that allow our development and performance.  The player of the month awards are a great motivator for the players.

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BullBuilder Race Night Supports Diet of Success

BullBuilder has again been hard at work recently raising funds for the U16s and U19s.  A four figure sum was raised at the BullBuilder Race Night at Odsal on 22 June.

The evening was well attended with members of the U19s present along with Marc Green, Steve Ferres, Rohan Smith, Matt Diskin, John Bastian and the BullBuilder team.  In total over 100 people attended and had fun betting on a number of races including a pig race to round the evening off.   One family even had a birthday cake presented by Bulls hooker Adam O’Brien.

Both Bulls Chairman Marc Green and Head of Youth John Bastian made speeches in support of BullBuilder.  John Bastian said “Once again BullBuilder have come up trumps and held an enjoyable and professional evening’s entertainment.    I’m very pleased with the turnout and would like to thank BullBuilder and the supporters that attended for their support.”

BullBuilder spokesman Paul Butterworth said “These events are a fun way of raising money for the U16s and U19s and we’re very pleased with how this event went.  Our race nights always attract a good crowd and allow supporters to mix with players and officials.  We’ve raised in the region of £2000 which will go towards those extras for the U16s and U19s that will help give them the edge.”

“I’d like to thank everyone who attended for showing their support and also Amanda Keal and her team who made everyone feel welcome on the night.  A great time was had by all and it was a good opportunity for supporters to meet our young players and for them to be the focal point of the event.   Many of these players could be in the first team squad next year so supporting events like this gives us a chance to make them feel part of the Bulls family as well as raising money to help their development.”

BullBuilder hope to provide diet of success

BullBuilder have teamed up with the club to help fund the provision of diet and nutrition plans and recipes for the U19s.     Money raised thanks to supporter subscriptions has helped pay for a qualified nutritionist from Manchester University to provide personalised plans for each player.

BullBuilder spokesman Paul Fisher explained “These personalised plans provide information tailored for each player on general diet and nutritional requirements along with pre match preparation and post training and match recovery.   Recipes are provided too.   Players have always realised they need to eat healthily but these plans take things to another level.”

If you would like to join BullBuilder or find out more visit www.BullBuilder.co.uk

Working Together to Take Funding to New Heights

BullBuilder have weighed in again to support the development of our U16s and U19s by funding the purchase of a state of the art Sport Scope Endzone Camera.    The equipment, which is worth £5000 will allow coaching staff to film and analyse both training and match footage from a superior high angle than is possible at present.  The equipment is easy to set up, use and transport and gives coaches elevated shots from a high angle that are far superior to scaffolding towers used in rugby league.

Head of Performance & Video Operations Lance Du’Lac said “At many grounds we play at there is no elevation for filming. This greatly hampers player development as we cannot break down individual performances correctly due to the poor footage you get from filming at ground level.”

“I think this new system will take our development programmes to a whole new level and together with the recently introduced Hudl player review system we will have a performance review process that is far superior to the vast majority of clubs in this country (including Super League).  BullBuilder’s backing will pay for the Endzone Camera which is outstanding news, I’m sure everyone connected with the Academy will see the benefit of this purchase over the coming years.”

Bulls head coach Rohan Smith also commented “This is great news and well done to BullBuilder and the staff for working together.  This will be a great tool.”

BullBuilder get the message through!

BullBuilder have also funded a new set of walkie talkies for the Academy coaching staff.

Head of Youth Development John Bastian said “Walkie talkies are an important item of equipment in that they provide the academy 19s and 16s with clear and precise communications between the coaching staff during games and training sessions.  The existing pair is in a poor state of repair and is becoming unreliable.   A reliable set will remove the frustrations and issues caused by the existing set and greatly improve the game management and overall communications so it’s great that BullBuilder are able to provide funding.”

BullBuilder spokesman Paul Butterworth said:  “This equipment helps maintain the Bulls position of having a world class junior development setup.”

“We’re hoping to provide more help to the club and would like to recruit more members to help us do that.   Youth development is crucial for the club in the long term so this is a great cause to get behind.”  sportscope1 sportscope2



Support Race Night to Make a Positive Diffierence

The Bulls received a boost last week in the form of their official Academy accreditation rating from the RFL.

BullBuilder received praise in the accreditation report for the investments made in equipment such as the leg press and jump mat.  These investments are possible thanks to BullBuilder members and supporters, it’s your donations that have a direct positive effect on the development of our young players.   An increasing number of young players are beginning to progress into the first team so the benefit of having a good Academy is there for all to see.

The report identified a number of areas for the club to work on to ensure the Academy continues to improve and BullBuilder will be doing its bit to help.    If you want to be a part of it then why not come to our Race Night on Wednesday 22 June at the Legend’s Suite, Odsal, kicking off at 6.30pm.   There will be 7 televised horse races and even a pig race to end the evening. A pie and pea supper will be served.  All proceeds are to go to BullBuilder continue to help the up and coming stars of the future.  These events have been a big success in the past and all supporters are welcome.

We will be joined at the event by Rohan Smith, John Bastion (Head of Youth Development),  Academy Players and Coaching Staff,  Kurt Haggerty, Adam O’Brien, management and directors of the Bradford Bulls.   Tickets are £5 and available from the club shop or by contacting David Lowdell on 01274 69030.   They are also available online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bullbuilder-race-night-tickets-25535685924

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BullBuilder Race Night

BullBuilder will be once again holding one of our  legendary Race nights on Wednesday June 22nd  in the  South stand  conference  suite at Odsal Stadium.

The evening will consist of 8 races shown on the big screens with tote betting and a chance to meet some of the young stars of the under 19 team as well as hopefully a few first team players and backroom staff. There will be a raffle with some great prizes and a prize draw with your entry ticket

Doors will be open at 6.30pm, the betting desk at 7pm with the first race at 7.20. A pie and pea supper will be served after race 4 with a short  address from a club representative. The raffle will be drawn after race 6 and the event should end at around 10.30 with the bar open a for a little later.

Tickets  are £5 and will be on sale from the club shop or contact David Lowdell on 01274 690301 or at the following link.

Race Night to Support Bulls Academy

BB Race Night

We can all see the very talented young players coming through the Bulls Academy structure, BullBuilder work closely John Bastian (Head of Youth Development), with the Bulls Foundation and Bulls Lottery to coordinate and combine efforts.  BullBuilder provides the “extras” the club does not fund.

Why not come along to the Race Night have fun and support/encourage the Bulls Academy players and coaches and meet the Bradford Bulls up and coming stars.

Together we can and do make a difference.

Tickets can be purchased on line http://www.eventbrite.com/e/bullbuilder-race-night-tickets-25535685924


Club Shop/Ticket Office

By phoning David Lowdell Photography 01274 690301

Dewsbury Dawdle: Donations


Raising funds is a stroll with BullBuilder

Not to late to make a donation:

Support by donating via Crowdfunder on http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/bradford-bulls-academy-changing-rooms-renovation  or by sending a cheque to Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Ltd, Suite 2 Buttershaw Works, Buttershaw Lane, Bradford, BD6 2DD.

Well over twenty Bulls fans took a stroll to Dewsbury in the spring sunshine… and look set to raise over £2,000 in the process!

The intrepid bunch, who included Chairman Marc Green and Bulls CEO and legend Robbie Hunter-Paul set off on a sponsored walk early on the morning of the Dewsbury away fixture. All were sponsored on the ‘Dewsbury Dawdle’, with the aim of raising funds to help upgrade changing facilities for the junior teams.

The walk of around 11 miles was mostly off-road, taking in the Spen and Calder Greenways, where the main challenge was being constantly alert for the pelotons of cyclists out in force to enjoy glorious spring weather.

In addition to those taking part, a support team set up stall every few miles, to keep the walkers fuelled with home-made cakes, and snacks generously provided by Seabrook Crisps, the Tesco stores in Halifax Road and Cleckheaton, and Wibsey Co-op.

The final stretch, from Dewsbury town centre to the Rams’ ground proved to be a little more demanding, with one walker taking to social media to plead, “Can we do one without so much of an incline at the end?”

However, all walkers arrived safely and in good spirits – accompanied by BullBoy on the final few hundred yards – and were rewarded by victory and a much improved performance from the team, and with a medal to commemorate their efforts.

Walk organiser and BullBuilder committee member David Lowdell said, “I’d like to thank Marc & Robbie for walking with us; Seabrook Crisps, Tesco Halifax Road and Cleckheaton, Wibsey Co-op for their generous donation of supplies; my wife Jill, daughter Emma and grandchildren Becky & Rosie for baking and running the refreshment stations; and Bradford Trophy centre for the medals.”

BullBuilder chair Paul Butterworth commented, “Refurbishing the junior teams’ changing facilities is a major priority for us. We have a tough target, in the region of £5,000, to reach, but the sponsorship money that has already poured in gets us off to a flying start.

“We’re delighted that Marc, Robbie and so many fans have shown how much they value our efforts by taking part. Others can also support us by donating via Crowdfunder on http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/bradford-bulls-academy-changing-rooms-renovation, sending a cheque to Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Ltd, Suite 2 Buttershaw Works, Buttershaw Lane, Bradford, BD6 2DD, or joining BullBuilder at http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/join/.

“Watch out, too for further events as we work toward our total and raise funds for other worthwhile projects to support our future stars.”

Dewsbury Dawdle

Many thanks to the people who will participating in the “Dawdle” and those who have kindly sponsored participants.

Disappointed that some people who have said they will participate in the walk have not yet registered,  come on you know you what to do this.  Dawdle sets off from Odsal at 10.00 this Sunday (10 April 2016), meeting at 0930.  THE WEATHER FORECAST IS SUNNY & DRY, some come and join in the fun for a good cause.

Please would you contact David Lowdell via e-mail david@dlpbradford.com

Or Phone 07584259103

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Remember, Bullbuilder has secured sponsorship to reward anyone who participates in the Dewsbury Dawdle and raises over £250 in sponsorship they will be entered into a free raffle, winner will receive £100 voucher to spend in the Bradford Bulls Club shop.