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Bulls Fan Shows Commitment “To the Max!”

Bradford Bulls can probably claim to have the fan that’s travelled the furthest to attend this weekend’s Summer Bash in Blackpool. Maxwell Green, a Bulls fan for over 20 years has come all the way from Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands, over  8000 miles away in the South Atlantic.

Max said “Given where I live, getting to games is tough, but I go to as many as I can. I thought the Summer Bash was a good event to come up for. I’ll be cheering on the Bulls versus Halifax, and I can’t wait.”

Maxwell Green at Blackpool

Maxwell Green at Blackpool

Max’s father Paul will also be there and he explained that distance is no barrier to his commitment to the Bulls cause. Paul said “Max is a really committed supporter. He’s also, like me, a member of BullBuilder, the Bulls official supporter’s trust, who provide funding for the Bulls Academy Team for those extras over and above what the club provide. He’s sold Golden Gamble tickets before home games too and is a really passionate fan.”

Max said “I just like to do my bit for the club I love. I’d urge others to get involved with BullBuilder if they can as it’s a great way to support the club.    We’ve had some tough times in recent years but now we’re on the up again.”

BullBuilder are hosting a Dinnertime in the Park event at 7pm on Wednesday June 3rd which will feature an auction and raffle accompanied by food and drinks at the Pavilion Café in Centenary Square. A number of ex-Bulls and Northern players will be there.  Tickets are £20 per person, with £10 of each ticket going to BullBuilder. Tickets are available from the Bulls ticket office (cash only) or Pavilion Café reception or email info@performancedg.com or ring 07958 728490.

Bulls “Greats” line up for BullBuilder Event

Bulls fans will get a unique chance to meet three decades worth of club halfbacks at the BullBuilder Dinnertime in the Park event on Wednesday 3rd June. The club’s ex-players association put its weight behind the event after being contacted by BullBuilder, the Bulls’ official supporter’s trust, who provide extra funding for the club’s academy teams.

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Event organiser Michael Barker said “It’s great to have the backing of the ex-players association and we are expecting Deryck Fox, Andy Robinson and Robbie Hunter-Paul to be at the event along with a number of other great ex-players. There will be an auction featuring some really top quality items plus a free prize draw and raffle. Whether people want to bid for things or not it will be a fun event with top quality food and drink all included.”

Also in attendance will be Bulls Head of Youth John Bastian and Under 19s’ coach Matt Diskin plus several of the club’s top academy players.    BullBuilder’s aim is to provide financial assistance to the club’s academy teams on top of what is provided by the club to give the players. Past contributions have taken the form of floodlighting, gym equipment, IT equipment and outward bound courses with the RAF.

John Bastian said “This is shaping up to be a superb event and we’re very grateful to BullBuilder and its members for their continued support. Their contribution has been invaluable in developing our young players, some of whom will go on to become first teamers in years to come.”

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The event takes place at the Pavilion Café in Centenary Square at 7pm on 3rd June. Tickets are £20 per person, with £10 of each ticket going to BullBuilder. Tickets are available from the Bulls ticket office (cash only) or Pavilion Café reception or email info@performancedg.com or ring 07958 728490.

BullBuilding in Bradford

Leon Pryce, Brian Noble and Keith Mumby are all examples of players who have given great service for the club who are from Bradford and BullBuilder can report that Bulls Head of Youth Development John Bastian is hoping to find many more young Bradfordians who will do the same in the future.

John Bastian said “I think over the years the club hasn’t built strong enough links with local amateur clubs and has ended up looking for players outside the Bradford area. Recently there have obviously been a lot of off field distractions but now we have stability I’m really keen to build good relationships with all amateur clubs in the city.”

“Myself, and all the other members of the coaching and scouting team have been to many clubs to watch young players. We look at players as young as U14 levels to identify potential future talent. The more you show your face at clubs the more you can build bridges and find opportunities where we as clubs can help each other.”

Odsal recently saw Amateur Finals Day return with Queensbury, Queensbury A, West Bowling and Victoria Rangers A fighting it out on 25 April. The day was a big success and John Bastian hopes to build on it.

“We have 5 U16s that are Bradford lads and I hope that’s just the beginning. With BullBuilder helping us provide the right environment for these players we can look forward to attracting more talent from clubs in the city.”

You can be a part of helping the Academy too, by joining or re-joining BullBuilder. Just visiting 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.

Dominic gets “Déjà vu” for BullBuilder

BullBuilder member Dominic Barker got a severe case of “déjà vu” at this weekend’s game versus Sheffield Eagles where he handed over the BullBuilder Under19 Player of the Month award to promising young hooker James Bentley.

It was 18 years ago to the week that a 10 year old Dominic was mascot at the Bulls versus Sheffield game, the week before the Bulls took on St Helens in the Cup final at Wembley.

Dominic said “I remember being mascot that day and sitting next to Robbie Paul on the substitutes’ bench.   I was fairly new to the Bulls but being so close to the team and being a mascot made me a Bulls fan for life.   It was great to be pitchside again on Sunday and by coincidence it was against Sheffield again.”

18 years later Dominic is now a fully-fledged member of BullBuilder, the Bulls Supporters Trust, who support the Academy Team by providing the “extras” the club is unable to fund. BullBuilder provide a “Player of the Month” medal to the outstanding Under 19 year old player as nominated by U19 Academy coach Matt Diskin.

BullBuilder member Dominic Barker with James Bentley and Matt Diskin

BullBuilder member Dominic Barker with James Bentley and Matt Diskin

BullBuilder spokesman Sam Grundy said “Dominic has gone from being a star struck young fan to a committed supporter who is prepared to give a bit extra to help young players coming through the club youth system.   We’re always keen to give our members opportunities like this to thank them for their support.”

Head of Youth Development John Bastian said “We’d like to thank Dominic and all BullBuilder members for their continued financial support. It really does make a difference and we’ve already put funds to good use this season.”

BullBuilder are hosting a “Dinnertime in the Park” Event on Wednesday 3rd June when BullBuilder, they host a dinner, auction and raffle at the Pavilion Café in City Park, Centenary Square in Bradford. The event begins at 7pm is £20 per person, with £10 of each ticket going to BullBuilder. Tickets are available from the Bulls ticket office (cash only) or Pavilion Café reception or email info@performancedg.com or ring 07958 728490.

You can be a part of helping the Academy too, by joining or re-joining BullBuilder. Just visiting 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 Supports Foundation Big 10 Poker Night

The Bradford Bulls Foundation will be hosting the inaugural Bradford Bulls Poker evening on Monday 11 May, and BullBuilder are among the supporters of the event.

The event forms part of ‘Robbie’s Big 10’, in association with the Foundation and The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, with proceeds being split between the two charities.

The evening will be held at Grosvenor Casinos in the Bradford city centre Leisure Exchange, starting at 7:00PM. Not only will the entire Bulls first team squad be present, but BullBuilder will be there too. We have secured a table of five people, and BullBuilder members are invited to get in touch to claim one of five FREE places for BullBuilder members at our table.

BullBuilder Deputy Chairman Mike Farren said, “BullBuilder and the Foundation are working together more closely than ever, and we wanted to show our support for Robbie’s Big 10 initiative. Given that our remit is to raise funds to support young players at the club, we did not want to spend BullBuilder members’ money on this, so several committee members have joined together to book a table. However, we do want our members to join us on the evening. If you fancy trying your luck and practising your poker face, drop an Email to info@bullbuilder.co.uk. Tickets are available strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.”

Robbie Hunter-Paul said, “In the name of charity, we would love to see the Bradford Bulls family secure tickets and take on their favourite players away from the field! As a trustee of the Bradford Bulls Foundation, I am proud to be working with so many fantastic partners and the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, who do fantastic work to support children and their families when they need it most.”

If you are not already a member of BullBuilder and would like to join in order to take advantage of benefits such as this, and to help support junior rugby at the club, you can do so by visiting our website at http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/join/. 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.

Also, don’t forget to book for the BullBuilder Summertime Dinner in the Park at the Pavilion Café in City Park, Centenary Square Bradford, on Wednesday 3rd June at 7:00PM.

Tickets are £20 per person, with £10 going to BullBuilder, and are available from the Bulls ticket office (cash only) or Pavilion Café reception or email info@performancedg.com or ring 07958 728490.

BULLBUILDING FOR THE LONG TERM

BullBuilder – the Bulls Supporters Trust has regular meetings with Head of Youth Development John Bastian in order to understand the best ways it can assist with youth development. BullBuilder caught up with John this week, and he gave an update on progress with the Bulls Academy Teams.

“We’re making steady progress this year but building a successful academy takes time. It can’t be done overnight and here at Bradford the challenges that faced the club in recent years have meant we’ve a lot of work to do.”

Building sturdy foundations in the Academy is very important and John emphasises what the values of the Bulls Academy are about.

“Building the right culture is key. Providing the right moral leadership, building consistency in approach to everything we do and having good discipline. That applies across the board from staff to players. With the right environment and culture in place we can then move forward.”

The next few years are going to be very important for youth development. The number of ex Bradford academy players playing in Super League for other clubs is not lost on John Bastian.

“It’s not just about attracting the right talent – it’s about retention of players. A key factor in retaining players is making sure your group of players has a winning culture so people want to stay. In order to do that you need depth in your squad. This year we have players coming through their first year in the under 16s who we think will progress. Some will be coming in to do extra training so that they’re more advanced when they get to the Under 19s.”

“Each year the U19s will get a better intake as the U16s get the benefit of being properly channelled in that direction. Each player we identify that moves up will get extra assistance in skills, technique, tactical awareness, strength and conditioning. As each year’s intake moves up we’ll get layers of quality in the U19 squad that will eventually break into 1st team rugby.”

BullBuilder continues to be active in supporting the Academy and you can help too. On Wednesday 3rd June Bullbuilder is hosting a “Dinnertime in the Park” auction and raffle at the Pavilion Café in City Park, Centenary Square in Bradford. 50% of all proceeds will go toward BullBuilder’s aim of assisting the Academy. The event begins at 7pm is £20 per person, with £10 of each ticket going to BullBuilder. Tickets are available from the Bulls ticket office or Pavilion Café reception or email info@performancedg.com or ring 07958 728490.

BullBuilder to host Summertime Dinner in the Park

Rugby League fans are urged to bring an appetite on Wednesday 3rd June when BullBuilder, the Bradford Bulls Supporters Trust host Summertime Dinner in the Park at the Pavilion Café in City Park, Centenary Square in Bradford. The event will feature a mouth watering mixture of Indian and classic food and drinks provided by the Pavilion Cafe and their partner the award winning Deeva restaurant, plus an auction and raffle of unique Rugby League and sporting memorabilia.

BullBuilder Events Coordinator and Auctioneer Michael Barker said “Our hope is to raise lots of money for BullBuilder who provide valuable extra funding for the Bulls Academy teams but also to give everyone an excellent time in nice surroundings. John Bastian, Bulls Head of Youth Development will be there to meet everyone and tell everyone why this event is such a boost to the Academy.”

“We have some amazing raffle prizes and some of the items up for auction are of real interest, for instance we have a signed England RL jersey and framed team picture.” Head of Youth Development at the Bulls John Bastian said “This is going to be an excellent event that I hope all Bulls fans get behind. BullBuilder provides fantastic support to our academy which can make the difference in a player’s development. Events like these play a big part in creating the Bulls stars of the future. The event begins at 7pm is £20 per person, with £10 of each ticket going to BullBuilder. Tickets are available from the Bulls ticket office or Pavilion Café reception or email info@performancedg.com or ring 07958 728490.

Liam Kirk receives second BullBuilder player of the month

BullBuilder, the Bradford Bulls’ Supporters’ Trust, made their player of the month award for March at half-time during the home match against Halifax. It was Liam Kirk, following up his capture of last season’s BullBuilder Under-19 Player of the Year award, who was chosen by coach Matt Diskin to be the recipient of the Trust’s second monthly medal for 2015.

Liam Kirk receives March Player of the Month award from BullBuilder Board member, Jen Bennison

Liam Kirk receives March Player of the Month award from BullBuilder Board member, Jen Bennison

Liam, who is the second forward to be named player of the month after Matty Stableford scooped February’s prize, has been playing at prop for Diskin’s team in recent matches and has played a key role in some of the highly competitive performances that the Under-19s have been putting in against Super League Academy opposition.

However, the award is not just made on the basis of match day performance, as many other factors are taken into consideration. As John Bastian, the club’s Head of Youth, put it, “Liam is not just a good player, but a quality individual. You can rely on him to set a good example in training as well as on the pitch.”

The award was presented to Liam by BullBuilder committee member and membership secretary, Jen Bennison. Jen, who is in her second year on the BullBuilder board, has been active in many other ways in supporting junior rugby at the club, having sponsored former Academy star and current first team member Sam Bates. Most recently, Jen donated a camcorder to the Academy in memory of her late husband, Mick.

BullBuilder Chairman, Mike Farren, said, “We at BullBuilder feel this is an important award in showing the Under-19s that their efforts are appreciated and will be rewarded. Just as important is showing that the fans are behind the lads and behind the development of young players at the club. I was privileged to present the first award and now Jen has presented the second, but we’re hoping to get BullBuilder members – not just the usual suspects from the committee – to present the award in future. If you are a BullBuilder member, or are thinking of becoming one, and would like to present the Under-19 Player of the Month medal on the pitch at Odsal, please get in touch!”

If you want to get involved and help shape the future of the club, you can join or re-join BullBuilder by visiting our website at http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/join/. 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.

“Together we are stronger” – Bulls groups work together for a better future

Bradford Bulls Supporters Trust BullBuilder have joined forces with the Bulls Foundation and Bulls Lottery to coordinate and combine efforts in 2015 and the future.

BullBuilder Chairman Mike Farren said “The Big One Lottery, BullBuilder and the Bulls Foundation are three independent bodies with different aims but we often overlap in terms of our activities. In the past many supporters may have been hard pushed to understand the differences between us but we’re now aiming to make our roles clear so we’re better coordinated and people understand what we’re about. Recently there’s been a real meeting of minds between the three groups and we’re all ready to pull together.”

Fans may be familiar with the Bulls Foundation, the official charity of the Bradford Bulls, which 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.

Foundation General Manager Mark Winder said “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. We reach the local community to promote positive lifestyle messages, build confidence, develop talent and promote civic pride. We see our role as part of a triumvirate alongside BullBuilder and the Big One Lottery providing an access point to the game of Rugby League. The child that tries the game for the first time thanks to one of our events could one day end up becoming a long term supporter or even an elite level player. This does not matter as long as they get involved and experience our great sport!” In future, BullBuilder and the Bulls Foundation will hold regular meetings together.

The Bradford Bulls Big One Lottery is the main source of income for the club’s Academy Teams. Monies raised by the Lottery go directly to pay for academy players, coaches, support staff, premises, equipment and overheads. Since it began in 2004 it has raised over £800k and has brought through past players such as Sam Burgess and Elliott Whitehead as well as current stars like Adam O’Brien and Danny Addy.

Steve Ferres said “The Big One is integral to the club’s aim to produce world class talent of its own. Fans that take part have the chance to win cash prizes knowing they’re supporting that aim. It costs as little as £1 a week with chances to win something every day. We’re the bread and butter fund raisers for the Academy and the main source of income for them. We see the Foundation as a catalyst for providing more young players in the Bradford area, some of whom may end up as Bulls players. The big plus about BullBuilder is that it is able to provide support – both in physical items, and in providing activities and other support for the lads – on top of what the club is able to provide. Seeing and experiencing such direct support from the fans is very motivational for the team”.

BullBuilder is the club’s independent supporters trust. It is run by dedicated volunteers who support the Academy Team by providing the “extras” the club is unable to fund. Funds are raised from events and direct donations from members. Over the past two years it has funded thing such as training ground floodlighting, outward bound courses, weight training equipment, specialist kit, groundkeeping equipment, IT equipment and even a Christmas Meal and Ten Pin Bowling night.

Committee Member Sam Grundy said “Thanks to the generosity of its members, BullBuilder provides funds to top up what the Big One provides and give supporters chances to meet the Bulls academy staff and players. We have a variety of events in the pipeline from Race Nights and Q&A sessions to Fundraising Auctions. Each event will give members a chance to meet players and staff in person and get a real insight into the club that you can’t get from any other source. It’s important to coordinate with the Foundation and the Big One so we can have joint events that don’t conflict. The Bulls don’t have a ‘sugar daddy’ who can fund everything so the funds we raise enable us to compete with wealthier clubs.”

Bulls Academy Head John Bastian said “It makes total sense for the organisers of these three great initiatives to come together to set out what they do and to coordinate their activities. What they do is vital for the Bradford Bulls, for Rugby League and for the wider community. I wish them every success.”

Supporters who wish to find out more can visit http://www.bullsfoundation.org http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk or http://www.bradfordbulls.co.uk