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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

Donate on line:


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.


£100 to spend in Bulls Shop

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.

Support for the “Dawdle” is far and wide, Dennis from Australia has sponsored a participant.

Several members of the first team squad are also sponsoring walkers.

To participate or to donate on line follow links below.


Registration e mail David Lowdell




Head of Youth Development John Bastian said “Once again BullBuilder have come up trumps for us.”

Please Support Bulls Academy, every little helps.

JOIN Bradford Bulls’ Chairman and CEO as they help club supporter group, Bull Builder raise money for Bradford Bulls Academy.

Marc Green and Robbie Hunter-Paul are joining BullBuilder in a sponsored walk to the Kingstone Press Championship away game at Dewsbury on Sunday 10th April.



The Dewsbury Dawdle… March with Marc

Put on your walking shoes and help the Bradford Bulls Academy

BullBuilder are looking for a legion of 100+ fans to join club chairman Marc Green and CEO Robbie Hunter-Paul in a Sponsored walk to the Bulls’ away game at Dewsbury on Sunday April 10th.

BullBuilder are committed to our goals of enhancing the work of the Academy and Scholarship at the Bradford Bulls. The funds raised from this event are to contribute toward the redevelopment of the Academy changing rooms at Odsal, to make them a fit and proper place for our young talent to prepare to represent us.


Current state of the changing rooms

Current state of the changing rooms

The walk is a 10.5 mile stroll, mostly down the traffic free Greenway with a couple of miles of road walking to the Rams’ Stadium. We will be leaving Odsal at 9.30am to arrive at the ground in plenty of time for kick-off with refreshment stations / checkpoints along the way and marshals at major road crossings. Transport back to Odsal will be arranged for those who need it.

The Greenway

To put your best foot forward and join in the fun with Marc, Robbie and the rest of us, e-mail the event organiser at david@dlpbradford.com and we will send you your registration and sponsor forms.

All walkers need to be registered by March 31st with a suggested donation of £10 to get the ball rolling and to help with transport, refreshments and other organisation costs.

Please join us and help to give our young players facilities to be proud of.

To join BullBuilder visit our website at http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/join/, or contact us at Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Ltd, Suite 2 Buttershaw Works, Buttershaw Lane, Bradford, BD6 2DD.

BullBuilder ready to charge again in 2016

2016 sees a newly invigorated BullBuilder ready to continue its good work to help provide the extras for the U16s and U19s on top of what the club provides.

All funds raised are used to respond to requests from the club for those extra resources that will make a difference.   Items provided last season included a leg press, IT equipment, camcorder, boxing equipment, motivational posters and a team building night at a local bowling alley.

The U19s have already made a great start by beating Warrington 38-20 in a pre-season friendly at Dudley Hill.   That win saw a number of standout performances and was particularly eye catching given the number of players in the squad that have just moved up from the U16s who were taking on older and more experienced opposition.

To win so well against a side that enjoys so much financial backing shows what a great crop of young players are coming through and what a superb job the staff are doing.

The U16’s also made a great start to their season beating Cumbria Academy 88-0 again with some outstanding play and great team work.

We’d urge supporters to get behind the 16s and 19s where they can.   These lads really appreciate your support.

Under 16's

Under 16’s

Under 16's

Under 16’s

BullBuilder will again be doing its bit to help and in the pre-season has clarified what it does in three simple sentences:

WHY – To help our Under 16’s and 19’s to realise their ambitions and make their time with the Bulls rewarding and enjoyable.

HOW – Raising funds (including BullBuilder membership fees) for the extras the Under 16’s and 19’s wouldn’t otherwise receive.

WHAT – Plan and organise events using all our members creativity and harnessing their enthusiasm.

BullBuilder has added some new blood to its committee with long standing supporter Paul Butterworth taking over as chairman.  Paul has been supporter since 1967 and his highlights have been seeing homegrown talent come through the ranks.   Supporting him as Vice Chair will be Paul Fisher who again is a long serving supporter and who in a volunteering role is engaged by the club as player welfare coordinator at the Bulls.  Joining them are Ann Tudor, Sue Cator, Vikki Sharp and Mark Winder.

BullBuilder is planning a number of great events in 2016 and is keen to bolster its membership.  So far members have made an invaluable contribution which has enabled us to invest and provide support for the U16s and U19s.  Annual memberships are available now for as little as £10 per year.

To renew your membership of BullBuilder and read about your/our achievements please visit our website at http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/join/, or contact us at Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Ltd, Suite 2 ButtershawWorks, Buttershaw Lane, Bradford, BD6 2DD.  You can also send us a message by visiting our Facebook page.

Bulls Box Clever

BullBuilder and Bulls Foundation have teamed up to provide smart new boxing equipment for use by the Academy and Scholarship players at the Tong Training Centre. Other equipment bought included gloves and pads.

The equipment was sourced by the Bulls Foundation and funded by BullBuilder, the Supporters Trust. BullBuilder chairman Sam Grundy explained. “Bulls Head of Youth Development John Bastian explained that there was a need for boxing equipment to aid player development and ourselves at BullBuilder and Mark Winder at the Bulls Foundation stepped in to help. The Foundation have great links into the community and were able to source excellent, top-quality equipment. We then used our member subscriptions to pay for it.”

Bulls head of youth John Bastian explained how the equipment would benefit the Academy and Scholarship players.

“Boxing training is something rugby league players have done for many years now and having this equipment in house means we can do that whenever we want. Boxing training helps not only with fitness but also with coordination and movement. Boxing requires concentration and precision, often at high intensity with explosive movements and in that way is good for simulating similar things to what players experience on the field. You have to get your feet in the right position before you punch – as in a tackle and often do that when fatigued.”

“The heavy bags and pads are great for these purposes and will be a great aid to our youth players and first teamers. It provides some variety to training and can be really beneficial when the weather makes outdoor training impossible. I’d like to thank BullBuilder and the Bulls Foundation for their assistance in providing this equipment and would urge supporters to get involved with BullBuilder if they want to provide further help.”

To join BullBuilder visit our website at http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/join/, or contact us at Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Ltd, Suite 2 Buttershaw Works, Buttershaw Lane, Bradford, BD6 2DD. To find out more about the Bulls Foundation visit http://www.bullsfoundation.org

Academy Update December 2016 from BullBuilder Board Member Paul Fisher

As well as having been a valuable and energetic member of the BullBuilder committee for the past two years, Paul Fisher has worked as a volunteer as Player Welfare Coordinator at the club, leading to his recently having been voted ‘Clubperson of the Year’. Consequently, he is in a unique position to deliver the following report.

We now have settled U19 and U16 squads and the coaching staff are very pleased with all the players at both levels. Training is going well there is a good attitude and commitment being shown, and some very promising talent coming through.

There has been the U16 Scholarship presentation evening, which was attended by over 200 people comprising players, parents, management and coaching staff and was a very well organised, professional event.

Both the U19’s and U16’s are attending workshops and, due to John Bastian’s initiative, parents / guardians are invited and quite a few attend. It is really good to see the parents and guardians being involved and they witness the care and attention given to the players and are made to feel an important part of their son’s development.

Workshops attended to date are as follows:

  • RFL Sport Psychology UPK Workshop (U19)
  • Drug & Alcohol abuse (By a parent of one of the players who is a senior Detective Inspector).
  • Diet & Nutrition (very good message and guidance given & we are hoping to have several more of these).

Workshops being arranged over the next few weeks.

  • Social Media (in house by Stuart Duffy or Robbie Hunter Paul)
  • Social & Non-prescription Drugs (in house)
  • UK Anti-Doping (RFL)
  • Speed Awareness (by a parent of one of the players who is a leading Fireman)

The above demonstrates the success of good networking and inclusiveness resulting in a culture that most other clubs can only aspire to.

Whenever the Bulls Academy set-up is discussed with people outside the club via my Player Welfare duties, there is nothing but praise, whether from presenters, people involved at other clubs or the RFL.

I have just been to the U16 training session on the 4G pitch at the Bradford Academy (who, by the way, are being very supportive and really behind John and the youth set) and listening to the coaches there are some great prospects coming through.

The main point however is that the lads are really enjoying themselves and work hard and you see this in everything they do. We even had a sing song on the pitch after the final session: they all got together and gave us a great rendition on ‘we wish you a Merry Xmas’. It should have been recorded since this is just one example of the team spirit and culture that is instilled in the youth set, all thanks to John and his team.

In summary even with the constraints and restrictions John and the coaching staff are working to, we are very fortunate to have John and his team running the Academy and we should be very proud and grateful for this. Therefore our continued support can only greatly assist in helping John and the coaching staff deliver this ‘centre of excellence’.

This kind of support from BullBuilder recently led to the purchase of some medical callipers for measuring body fat as part of the physical development programme for young players. When they were delivered, John Bastian wrote:

“On behalf of everyone at Bradford Bulls I would like to congratulate and thank Bullbuilder for the great support they have given to the Development of our Junior Players, we are very grateful and appreciate all your hard work. Finally many thanks for the recent acquisition of a set of Body Callipers.”

If you would like to join BullBuilder or even become part of the committee visit the Bullbuilder website at http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/ or write to Bullbuilder, Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Ltd, Suite 2 Buttershaw Works, Buttershaw Lane, Bradford, BD6 2DD.

Message from John Bastian

BullBuilder recently received the following message from Bradford Bulls’ Head of Youth, John Bastian:

The Bradford Bulls Academy have seen many changes during the 2015 year, new staff arriving, new junior players signing part time professional contracts and some staff and players who have given very good service to the club moving on.

Having said all this we are in a good place and are slowly but surely changing the culture and environment that we believe will benefit the club long term, we still have work to do and will be relentless in providing home-grown juniors that the Bradford Bulls club has been famous for producing over many years.

The partnership and support from Bullbuilder and the members has been crucial in our growth, providing us with so many vital pieces of equipment to support the development and progress of our junior players, long may this continue and we thank you all for your outstanding contribution.

Head of Youth,

John Bastian.

The BullBuilder board would like to echo John’s comments, and to thank all our members and supporters, as well as those who have attended our events, for giving such invaluable backing to the youth set-up at the club.

Anyone who supports our aims but is not currently a member, can join us by clicking here. And if anyone would really like to get involved by standing for a place on the committee, we are likely to have some places available at the AGM. Please let us know as soon as possible, by emailing us at info@bullbuilder.co.uk