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BullBuilder and the Bulls’ Golden Gamble

BullBuilder, the Bradford Bulls’ Supporters’ Trust, is delighted to announce a way for sup-porters to help the club, help BullBuilder – and get free entry to the Bulls’ home league matches!
All you need to do is to give up a little time before the kick-off, to sell tickets for the Bulls’ half-time draw, the Golden Gamble. If you are not already a season ticket holder, you will get free entry to the match as a Golden Gamble seller.
For a normal 3.00PM kick off, you would need to get to Odsal for a 1.00PM briefing and to take up your agreed position by 1.30PM. Just before kick-off, you hand in the ticket stubs and the money, leaving you free to enjoy the game.
10% of the money raised through your ticket sales will then be paid directly into the BullBuilder bank account on the next working day after the match, as a donation to the Trust. If you are not currently a BullBuilder member, this would be counted as your annual membership fee.
If you are interested in becoming a Golden Gamble seller on behalf of BullBuilder, please contact Paul Butterworth on 07980 569538 or via info@bullbuilder.co.uk .

BullBuilder welcomes end of Administration

BullBuilder, the Bradford Bulls’ Supporters’ Trust has welcomed news today that the club had emerged from administration, having been bought by Marc Green.
BullBuilder chairman Mike Farren said “We sincerely hope that this news brings a long period of uncertainty to a close. As fans we’ve been as frustrated as everyone else by the lack of information about the process and the time it has taken. It’s a relief to see that the ownership of the club is resolved and we’d like to welcome Marc Green and Steve Ferres to their new roles.
“We welcome Marc’s recognition that supporters, stakeholders and staff should work together to restore former glory and we’re now ready to play our part in achieving that.”
Against a backdrop of uncertainty BullBuilder held its AGM on 12 March and have already appointed a new board. Mike Farren commented:
“We’ve been pleasantly surprised by the amount of interest from existing and new members in helping BullBuilder help the club. With the cooperation of the new owners we’d welcome the opportunity to meet and discuss ways we can work together.”
“There is lots of enthusiasm and a real desire to meet the challenge. The club has lots of work to do to restore the club’s fortunes and attempt to retain Super League status but there is a willingness on BullBuilder’s part to help if the new owner is open to working with us.”
BullBuilder will shortly be getting in touch with all existing and lapsed members with more information.

BullBuilder Annual General Meeting

BullBuilder, the Bradford Bulls’ Supporters’ Trust, took the most decisive step in its re-launch when it held its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 12 March.

Once again, there was a large, committed and enthusiastic crowd in attendance, and the formal business of the meeting saw 8 new faces join the committee.

“We were fortunate that a very high calibre of candidates came forward this year,” said a spokesperson. “Not only do we now have individuals on board with a wealth of experience and skill, we also have a fresh injection of ideas and enthusiasm.”

In the course of an open discussion, we were privileged to be addressed by Simon Foster – son of Bradford legend Trevor Foster and, along with actor Duncan Preston, one of the first BullBuilder Patrons. Besides speaking movingly about his father’s involvement with the club, Simon also presented some of his father’s memorabilia, in support of BullBuilder funds.

In the second half of the meeting, discussion focused specifically on the future of BullBuilder. While acknowledging the difficulty of making concrete plans until the new ownership was in place, there was a strong consensus to carry on supporting junior players and to investigate the possibility of fan ownership – though not at the expense of the Trust’s core activities.

There was also a sense of keenness to try to help ensure the continued availability of the club’s widely-envied training facilities at Tong, and some interesting ideas were mooted regarding possible links between BullBuilder and the local business community.

“Once again, we are ready and willing to resume our activities in support of the club,” said the spokesperson. “What we, like all other fans, are looking forward to now, is finding out who the new owners will be. Whoever they are, we will be doing our very best to work with them, to represent the views and interests of the supporters and to take Bradford Bulls forward together!”

Getting Involved with BullBuilder

Because of the considerable interest in getting involved with BullBuilder, we decided that it would be best to hold a meeting to go into the opportunities for involvement in greater detail. Therefore, we have arranged a meeting in the Trevor Foster Lounge in the Coral Stand, Odsal, on Wednesday 12 February 2014 at 7:30PM.

We will explain further about the two ways in which you can actively assist BullBuilder:

1. You could stand for election to the Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is the body that bears the legal responsibilities of the Trust and makes the decisions about the broader strategy. On the Executive Committee, we need people with the requisite skills to cover the positions of Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer, but we also need people who can act in the interests of the Trust over a wide ranges of issues and are willing to take on the legal responsibilities. There are up to 10 elected positions available, as all members of the current Executive Committee intend either to step down or to stand for re-election. There is also an option to co-opt people with particular skill sets.
2. You could join one of a number of sub-committees (no election required) to help with the day to day running of the Trust.
What these sub-committees will be, is to be determined to a great extent by the interests and skills of those who volunteer, but a good example would be events and fund-raising.

We will go into greater detail on the night, but to stand for election to the Executive Committee, you will need to be a current member of BullBuilder, and to be nominated by two other current members. To join any sub-committee, you only need to be a current member in your own right.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, this does not prevent you from putting your name forward in any capacity. We will attempt to hold a subsequent meeting, but please contact us at info@bullbuilder.co.uk if you would like further information, or would like to discuss anything with us.

BullBuilder is Back!

Many thanks to the 50 or so individuals who attended the BullBuilder re-launch meeting on Wednesday 29 January, in the Coral Stand at Odsal.
The level of interest exceeded the committee’s expectations, and it was really gratifying to see the respect for the Trust’s past achievements and the enthusiasm to take forward BullBuilder’s support for the Club and its junior players.
The evening began with an introduction from Media Officer Mike Farren, who explained why the time seemed right to start up activities again. He outlined the wide range of options open to a re-vitalised BullBuilder, from continuing its former remit of providing important extras to young players, through helping the Club to retain its Tong training facility, to providing a vehicle for fans to invest in the Bulls. He also pointed out that new board members with fresh ideas and skills were urgently needed to take the Trust forward.
Paul Medley gave a typically rousing account of how BullBuilder had helped out in the past and how, in trying times this coming season, fans’ assistance was required even more than ever.
A vigorous discussion followed, with contributions from the audience and from board members describing the administrative requirements and the fund-raising opportunities within the Trust.
The conclusion was that there is a real need and a real enthusiasm for BullBuilder to resume its active role, supporting the Club as it bids to bring back financial stability and on-field success. More than this, a number of potential candidates, all of an extremely high calibre, put their names forward to join the board.
Over the next few weeks, plans will go forward for the Annual General Meeting, the date of which will be announced shortly, and which will mark the beginning of BullBuilder’s new era.
You can join or re-join BullBuilder on the website. If you would like more information, please get in touch by emailing us at info@bullbuilder.co.uk or writing to us at Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Ltd, Suite 2 Buttershaw Works, Buttershaw Lane, Bradford, BD6 2DD.

BullBuilder Re-launch Meeting

We would like to let everyone know that BullBuilder will be holding its re-launch meeting in the Coral Stand at Odsal on Wednesday 29 January at 7:30PM.
Anyone is welcome who is interested in supporting the Bulls, particularly through aiding the development of young players at the Club. You do not have to be a current BullBuilder member.
We are looking to gauge the interest in carrying on the work of the Supporters’ Trust, to canvass supporters’ ideas on how we can do this most effectively, and we are particularly keen to encourage new prospective Committee members to come forward. If you want to make a positive difference to the future of Bradford Bulls, there’s no better way than by joining the BullBuilder board.
With your help, the Trust has a future and can help to shape the future of the Bradford Bulls.
If you cannot attend and would like more information, or especially if you are interested in joining the BullBuilder board, please get in touch by emailing us at info@bullbuilder.co.uk or writing to us at Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Ltd, Suite 2 Buttershaw Works, Buttershaw Lane, Bradford, BD6 2DD.

BullBuilder to Re-Launch

BULLBUILDER have announced that they are to stage a re-launch meeting in the Provident Stadium’s Conference & Banqueting Stand later this month.
On Wednesday, January 29, at 7.30pm, BullBuilder – the Bradford Bulls’ official supporters’ trust – are bidding to hold an open discussion with people interested in becoming involved in the organisation.
BullBuilder was founded to raise funds on the fans’ behalf, offering support to the club’s academy system while making the Bulls an attractive destination for Super League’s rising stars.
The trust has in the past provided Bradford’s young talent with extra training kit and assisted with transport, while funding hugely-beneficial team-building trips and helping to maintain the club’s world-class Tong training base.
BullBuilder have this week held talks with club officials, discussing everything from how the trust could best offer support to the possibility of it providing a vehicle for fan investment in the Bulls.
A spokesperson for BullBuilder said: “The Trust has been dormant for the last year or so but now, as we approach the new Super League season – under a new regime, we believe the time is right to become active once again.
“We have recently approached the club and held initial discussions about various possibilities.
“Besides resuming our various fundraising activities, designed to safeguard the legacy at the club’s Tong training facility and to keep Bradford Bulls as one of the top destinations for junior players, options include providing a vehicle for fans’ investment in the Club or even a direct channel of communication.
“However, setting the agenda for BullBuilder and ensuring our ideas become a reality will be the responsibility of the Trust’s members and, ultimately, a new BullBuilder board.
“To make sure we can act effectively, we urgently need new blood on the committee.
“We would like to hear from anyone who feels able to contribute, whether currently a BullBuilder member or not.”
For more information, you can contact BullBuilder via e-mail by CLICKING HERE. Alternatively, you can write to Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Ltd, Suite 2 Buttershaw Works, Buttershaw Lane, Bradford, BD6 2DD.
A spokesperson added: “If you want to make a positive difference to the Bulls and think that you could help with running the Trust, organising events and carrying out fund raising activities, then joining the BullBuilder board could be the best thing for you.
“With your help, the Trust will have a bright future, helping to shape the future of the Bulls.”