BullBuilder, the Bradford Bulls Supporters Trust, hailed its members and supporters following another very successful race night and auction at Odsal last week. The event, which was attended by over 150 members, supporters, players and players families raised well over £2000 for the Supporters Trust and included a donation of £150 from the ex-players society. The monies will be spent on new equipment for the youth teams including a new ice machine for the Tong Training Centre to assist with player recovery. Head of Youth John Bastian said “The players use a lot of ice after games and after training and it’s used to help them recover faster and reduce muscle pain and soreness. As we all know it’s also used to treat injuries and having a new ice machine means we can do all those things better.” “Events like these are superb for bringing together supporters, players and staff and the monies raised are greatly appreciated and will go to good use. BullBuilder do a tremendous job for the youth teams and support us with real energy and enthusiasm. I’d urge all supporters to come along to future events and get involved.” BullBuilder chairman Paul Butterworth said “I’d like to thank everyone that donated including members and supporters. It was a very enjoyable event and it was great to see so many current players there with their families too. The money raised will be spent carefully to ensure it has maximum benefit to the youth teams.” To find out more about BullBuilder and how to join for as little as £10 a year please visit https://membermojo.co.uk/bullbuilder/joinus
Rowan was presented his award at half time during the match versus Workington on 7th October by his sponsors the Erby family, Jackie, Derek, Tracey together with BullBuilder board members Mary-Jo Daly and Kelly Hargreaves. Thanks to David Lowdell for the photogragph
BullBuilder is pleased to announce the final winner of the U19s player of the month award for 2018. The August award goes to stand off Rowan Milnes. Rowan comes from Bradford but came via the Siddal community club. He made his mark with some classy performances in the U19s and reserves and made two first team appearances this season. Head of Youth John Bastian said “Rowan has had a wonderful year. He’s an intelligent, playmaking stand-off half who has shown a great deal of maturity this year. He’s not only excelled for the U19s but also the reserve grade and for Yorkshire Origin U18s versus Lancashire. He has featured in the first team and has been working with John Kear to develop his game further. He’s still got another year in the U19s to go so that shows how well he is developing.” “Rowan is just the right sort of person we want at the club and he has a very strong supportive family behind him. He’s still learning the game and developing physically. As he develops his defence and his positional awareness he will provide some healthy competition for the first team half backs in 2019.” BullBuilder chairman Paul Butterworth said “Rowan is another Bradford born player to win this award and he has a bright future ahead of him.” Rowan will receive his award at pitchside at half time during the match versus Workington on 7th October Rowan is sponsored by the Erby family. He will receive his award from the Erby family Jackie, Derek, Tracey and Amy together with BullBuilder board members Mary-Jo Daly and Kelly Hargreaves. On Wednesday 14th November BullBuilder will be hosting a race night. This will take place in the Southbank at Odsal with tickets available for purchase from the Club shop. Tickets will be £5 and include a pie and pea supper. Tickets can also be bought on line at https://bullbuilder.nutickets.com/52723 Paul Butterworth said “The race nights are always an enjoyable evening and very popular. Everyone is welcome and all funds raised go toward junior development at the Bulls.” To find out more about BullBuilder and how to join for as little as £10 a year please visit https://membermojo.co.uk/bullbuilder/joinus
The Academic Outstanding Achievement Award was awarded to U19 hooker Lochlan McGill who recently passed his BTEC in Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE). Lochlan, who comes from the Stanningley Community Club and is sponsored by The Top House has recently signed a new 1 year contract that will see him through until the end of 2019. Head of Youth John Bastian said “Lochlan isn’t natural academic but has worked tremen-dously hard and shown great effort and commitment to get his qualification, we’re all very proud of him. BullBuilder chairman Paul Butterworth said “It’s great to see the young players succeeding with their studies and Lochlan’s achievement shows you can combine excellence both on and off the field.” The U16’s Player of the Year Award was won by Kieron Brining who is sponsored by John Summers Butchers. Kieron, who comes from the West Bowling Community Club, is a cen-tre or winger who has excelled this season. John Bastian said: “Kieron has done very well this season and this award was a very close call between him and his teammate Harry Shackleton who’s skill created a lot of opportuni-ties for Kieron to use his pace and power. Both Kieron and Harry have gone onto gain se-lection for the England youth team which shows you how highly they’re rated. Kieron played very well in the games in France against the national side and Catalans U17’s. They’re both excellent young players and the only way they’ll not succeed in the future is if they choose not to.” The U19’s Player of the Year Award was won by Matthew Storton. Matthew, a backrow forward from West Bowling, is sponsored by Jennifer Bennison. He was BullBuilder player of the month in June and has recently gone on to break into the first team scoring his first try versus West Wales. John Bastian said: “Matthew has shown real resilience to recover from some serious injuries to his shoulder and hamstring. He’s worked incredibly hard and shown real patience. His progression hasn’t been easy yet he’s shown real toughness and is now reaping the reward. With a tough pre-season under his belt I think you’ll see him get even better in 2019. The Paul Fisher Outstanding Achievement Award was given to U19’s coach Leigh Beattie. Leigh who has stood in as first team coach in the past has guided the U19’s to a 6th place finish in the league. John Bastian said “Leigh fully deserves this award. He’s been a stalwart at the club, including during the tough times. This season the U19’s have been competitive all year and Leigh has worked very hard to develop the team. I think he has a lot more to come too as a coach.” The final award of the evening was the recognition of 20 years of service (that included out-standing dedication and support given to youth development at the Bulls), this was presented to Football Manager Stuart Duffy. Stuart arrived at the club in 1998 and helped oversee the club’s most successful period. John Bastian said “Stuart has shown great loyalty to remain with the Bulls for two decades and I was pleased to see that recognised by BullBuilder.” On Wednesday 14th November BullBuilder will be hosting a race night. This will take place in the Southbank at Odsal with tickets available for purchase from the Club shop. Tickets will be £5 and include a pie and pea supper. Tickets can also be bought at https://bullbuilder.nutickets.com/52723 To find out more about BullBuilder and how to join for as little as £10 a year please visit https://membermojo.co.uk/bullbuilder/joinus
A fun race night of big screen racing, tote betting and a pie and pea supper on Wednesday 14th November in the Southbank at Odsal, doors open at 7pm. All proceeds from this event will help BullBuilder to support the youth development at the Bradford Bulls. Tickets are £5 and are available from the Club Shop or on line:
Kieron Brining: BullBuilder U16’s Player of the Year Time Mortgages sponsored the Trophy, the Annual Shield is sponsored by GTL Motor Spares. Kerion received his awards from Stuart Fielden and Deborah Sorra (Time Mortgages). Matthew Storton: BullBuilder U19’s Player of the Year Toni Hoggett sponsored the Trophy, the Annual Shield sponsored by GTL Motor Spares. Matthew received his awards from Stuart Fielden. Lochlan McGill awarded the BullBuilder Academic Achievement Award. Trophy sponsored by Sue Cater, Lochlan’s award was presented by Stuart Fielden. Leigh Beattie awarded the BullBuilder/Paul Fisher Outstanding Achievement Award. Leigh’s award was presented by Stuart Fielden and Karen Fisher (Paul Fisher’s daughter). Stuart Duffy received a Special Award in recognition for 20 years outstanding contribution to the Bradford Bulls and dedication and support given to Youth Development at the Bulls. Stuart was presented by Paul Medley, Stuart Fielden and Mary-Jo Daly (BullBuilder Board member).
Following a recent request from John Bastian, BullBuilder has provided the Primal Strength Safety Squat Bars. Adam Simpson Head of Strength and Conditioning has sent an emailed BullBuilder, “Thank you for the Safety Squat Bars, they will be an excellent addition to our facilities and fundamental to our youth development.” The BullBuilder Board would like to express our thanks to everyone who has supported BullBuilder in raising funds to enable this support to be provided. As you will be aware the BullBuilder Annual Awards evening will take place on the 11th September, tickets have almost sold out. Again your support is greatly appreciated. There will be 60 players from our U19’s, U16’s and new Scholarship U15’s recruits attending the event. This is a great opportunity to meet the players whose development we support and welcome the new U15’s to our Bulls family. The few remaining tickets are available from the Club Shop, at present we have 217 people attending the Awards Evening. Murphy Smith and Matty Storton using the new Strength Squat Bars
BullBuilder July Player on the Month Alix Stephenson (sponsored by Horne Surveyors) received his award from BullBuilder Board member Toni Hoggett. Thanks to David Lowdell Photography for the photograph.
BullBuilder is pleased to announce the winner of the U19s player of the month for July. The July award goes to fullback Alix Stephenson. Alix, who comes from Bradford and the Queensbury community club is pacey fullback who has made his mark in the U19s and reserves this season. Head of Youth John Bastian said “Alix has a lot of facets to his game. He’s good at organising the defence and poses an attacking threat on the edges and up the middle. Fullback is a pivotal position and he has improved his game and got a lot smarter in the 12 months he’s been with us. He’s now starting to see the bigger picture and his challenge now is to put in consistent performances across all areas of his game on a week by week basis.” “I’m very pleased for Alix that he’s won this award, it’s well deserved and there’s a lot more to come from him. He’ll learn a lot from Gregg McNally and Brandon Pickersgill and he’ll provide healthy competition for them next season.” BullBuilder chairman Paul Butterworth said “It’s great to see yet another Bradford lad win the player of the month award. Alix has been very impressive at fullback this season.” Alix’s performances have come as the U19s have built some momentum against the top academy sides recently. John Bastian said “We had been building nicely before the home victory over Leeds Rhinos where we got a well deserved win and put in a pleasing performance. We had a tough away fixture at St Helens where we lost narrowly but looking back on that I think we can improve in a number of areas. The next game against Wigan will provide another stern test. After that are three more games against Huddersfield, City of Hull and Catalans. I’d urge supporters to come and get behind the team.” Alix will receive his award at pitchside at half time during the match versus Workington on 19th August. Alix is sponsored by Horne Surveyors. He will receive his award from BullBuilder board member Toni Hoggett. On 11 September BullBuilder will be hosting the U16's and U19's Player of the Year Awards, the Paul Fisher Outstanding Achievement Award and Academic Achievements Award evening. This will take place in the Southbank at Odsal with tickets available for purchase from the Club shop soon. Tickets will be £5 and include a pie and pea supper. More details will follow soon. To find out more about BullBuilder and how to join for as little as £10 a year please visit https://membermojo.co.uk/bullbuilder/joinus
BullBuilder June 2018 U19’s Player of the Month. Matthew received his award in the Southbank at the York match on 22nd July. Matty received his from his sponsor Jen Bennison