Following recent announcement by RFL in regards to Elite Academy Licence BullBuilder has written to RFL 24 May 2021 To: Mr Ralph Rimmer (Chief Executive Officer) C/O Rugby Football League Quay West Trafford Wharf Road Trafford Park, Manchester M17 1HH Dear Mr Rimmer Re: Bradford Bulls Academy Elite Licence Given the recent RFL announcement not to grant Bradford Bulls Academy an Elite Licence, I write to you on behalf of BullBuilder and request that you give further consideration to award a licence to the Bradford Bulls. BullBuilder is an Industrial and Provident Society, and is registered with the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) as Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Limited. We are focused on attracting, developing young players in the Bradford Bulls Academy and Rugby League. BullBuilder is an independent supporters trust. It is run by dedicated volunteers who support the Academy by providing the “extras” to support young player’s development. Money is raised from events and direct donations from members. We are also supported by players past and present who want to support young player development at the Bulls. Over recent years BullBuilder has made significant contributions to support the development of Academy players, summary of 2019/20 donations attached. Our accounts are in the public domain and we will gladly provide you with copies. As you will be aware there are many high quality players (past and present), representing teams at all UK and NRL levels. They have benefited from the incredible work of the Bulls Academy. This is an excellent example of how the Bulls Academy significantly contributed to expanding the game of rugby league. Rugby League prides itself as being rooted in local communities. The Bulls have established excellent links with the local community clubs. That connection will be damaged by your decision. BullBuilder has supported young player development at the Bulls for over 10 years and raised tens of thousands of pounds, from fund raising, events, donations etc. This is additional to the resources the Bulls have provided. Officials from the Rugby League have attended our events and publicly expressed their support and admiration for our work. The Bulls Academy structure has created an outstanding learning environment, not only in terms of the primary aims of furthering the game and the supply of players but also in terms of the learning (academic and vocational) opportunities for young people. We also have robust welfare policy and procedures, requests have included providing funding for medical support eg: funding head injury assessments, financial support if young player or their family do not have the means (eg: funds to provide boots etc). These requests are made by the Head of Youth and are treated in confidence, grants/donations are reflected in our accounts. This provides consistency and care for young players. BullBuilder also supports the Bulls Academy in recognising and encouraging young player’s achievements. Dedicated volunteers provide a wide range of support and expertise in personal development. We have a variety of awards eg: Player of the Month, Player of the Year and Academic Achievement, Outstanding Achievement Award and Trevor Foster Unsung Hero Award. The Bulls Academy has a very dedicated, committed, hardworking staff who together with the aforementioned volunteers provide outstanding support for the Academy players not only in helping them develop rugby skills but in their personal development. By not awarding the Bradford Bulls Academy an Elite License, I would suggest will have a negative and damaging impact on the game of rugby league and would respectfully request you reconsider/review the decision and grant the Bradford Bulls Academy an Elite License. If we can assist by providing any further information to support the granting of an Elite Licence to the Bradford Bulls Academy, please do not hesitate to contact us. Yours sincerely Paul Butterworth (Chair)
To thank all BullBuilder members for their support and commitment to help young player development at the Bulls, everyone’s membership number will be entered into a free prize draw. Jason Taylor (Deputy Events Co-ordinator) and Annette Hollaway (Membership Secretary) will do the draw at 7:30 pm on Thursday 27 May, live on BullBuilder’s Facebook account. We will contact winners directly after the draw. All the prizes have been very kindly donated and include a £20 Club shop voucher (donated by the Bulls), a Bulls Chopping Board, 2020 Signed (by players) Bulls Away Shirt, Academy Players Kit Bag and bottle of wine. To join BullBuilder https://membermojo.co.uk/bullbuilder/joinus or if you wish to make a donation http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/donations/ BullBuilder (Bradford Bulls Supporters Trust) is the Club’s independent supporters trust, focused on attracting, developing and retaining young talent in the Bradford Bulls Academy. BullBuilder is an Industrial and Provident Society, and is registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Limited.
Jamie Gill is BullBuilder Trainer of the Month for March. Jamie came from Dearne Valley Bulldogs community club, plays for the Bulls U 15’s. Leigh Beattie (Head of Youth Development at the Bulls) said “The coaches and staff throughout the academy have been incredibly impressed with the start Jamie has made to his time at Bradford Bulls, his efforts through March in completing a personal challenge of 5 miles per day for 21 days for World Down Syndrome Day as well as excelling in all training with the scholars has been outstanding. We look forward to seeing Jamie continue his development over the next 18 months and beyond” Jamie was presented with his award by his Coach Ryan Hunkin and Toni Hoggett (BullBuilder). Many thanks to all BullBuilder members and supporters for making this possible, your support is greatly appreciated. To support young player development at the Bulls, join BullBuilder https://membermojo.co.uk/bullbuilder/joinus or if you wish to make a donation http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/donations/ BullBuilder (Bradford Bulls Supporters Trust) is the Club’s independent supporters trust, focused on attracting, developing and retaining young talent in the Bradford Bulls Academy. BullBuilder is an Industrial and Provident Society, and is registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Limited.
David Kamano has been named as BullBuilder Trainer of the Month for February. Leigh Beattie (Head of Youth Development at the Bulls) said ‘since returning to training, David has shown nothing but 100% effort. His actions have lead from the front and his attitude of late is exactly what we need from him.’ ‘David has been fantastic this month. His testing scores have been very high and his overall attitude towards training and admin has been brilliant. He thoroughly deserves his award’ Many thanks to all BullBuilder members and supporters for making this possible, your support is greatly appreciated. To support young player development at the Bulls, join BullBuilder https://membermojo.co.uk/bullbuilder/joinus or if you wish to make a donation http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/donations/ BullBuilder (Bradford Bulls Supporters Trust) is the Club’s independent supporters trust, focused on attracting, developing and retaining young talent in the Bradford Bulls Academy. BullBuilder is an Industrial and Provident Society, and is registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Limited.
BullBuilder latest investment in supporting young player development at the Bulls. Following a request from Leigh Beattie (Head of Youth Development at the Bulls)the Board has agreed to fund the of a Freelap timing system (Speed Gates) for Academy and Scholarship Speed gate are devices that accurately register the speed of a players by using technology that records data. Speed gates will be a valuable asset to the academy structure. This will have a massive impact on the players by collecting more accurate data in terms of speed and development, which is are key concepts of the game. This will allow for enhancements in coaching and decision making in terms of training programming for the players, relevant medical interventions or coaching interventions allowing for a more advanced program, along with this it allows for better development of the players and also increase the opportunity for the current players and also recruitment of players to the academy structure. The speed gates are easily transported don't encroach on areas of the training ground and are easy to set up allowing for more access and opportunity to gain data for the academy players. To join BullBuilder and support young player development at the Bulls https://membermojo.co.uk/bullbuilder/joinus Or want to make a donation http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/donations/
SCHOLARSHIP starlet Max Hassan has been named as the BullBuilder 'Trainer of the Month' for January! January's lockdown saw our Academy and Scholarship sides reduced to online training with their Strength and Conditioning coaches, Chris Chapman, Chris Honor and Louis Birchall. The BullBuilder Trainer of the Month award was introduced upon the Academy & Scholarship's return to training in November, rewarding the efforts of the next generation on the training field. Scholarship head coach Ryan Hunkin has paid tribute to Max's efforts to engage during another difficult period in lockdown. "I am delighted that Max has been awarded the Trainer of the Month, his engagement and efforts throughout a very challenging time has been exceptional. "His input into the resilience courses we have been delivering have been first class and we are looking forward to the return to training where we can see Max kick on to become the best he can be." For more information about BullBuilder and how to join, CLICK HERE.
OLIVER Scott named BullBuilder’s ‘Trainer of the Month’ - following the Academy’s return to pre-season in November. As professional sport has been allowed to continue, the Academy team have been in intense preparation for the upcoming season, in Covid-19 secure facilities to ensure the players health and safety remains paramount. The award aims to highlight the hard work put in by the players during the training sessions – and showcases BullBuilder’s continued support in the development of the next generation of Bradford Bulls stars. Academy head coach Leigh Beattie has commented on the awarding of Oliver Scott as the BullBuilder trainer of the month and the return to training. “It has been great to finally be back at training after months off, it’s good that we can still get some training in during these circumstances,” said Beattie, who is sponsored by BullBuilder. “The lads were eager to get back and now they’ve got into the swing of things, they look really sharp. “Oliver (Scott) has been training really hard and putting in that extra effort to ensure he’s ready for the season. He’s also taken time out of his day to help coach at our clubs ETP sessions, he really deserves this award. “This award doesn’t take away from the fact that the whole squad has been working really hard and I’m really pleased with all their progress so far. “I would also like to thank BullBuilder for their incredible continued support of our club’s Academy system.”