Injuries and fatigue will be treated with new cutting edge equipment this season thanks to BullBuilder, the Bradford Bulls Supporters Trust. The equipment, which has been supplied to the medical department, will assist staff in treating injuries and fatigued players from each of the club’s teams from under 16s to first team. Head of Youth John Bastian said “The equipment supplied has lifted our medical department to a whole new level of quality. BullBuilder have always been good at identifying equipment that can benefit everyone and these latest purchases are consistent with that.” Head of Academy Medical Aaron Scholes said “BullBuilder have bought us two more Re-boot Rehabilitation and Recovery Systems and the Powerplay Kit. The Re-boots are great for injury management and rehabilitation and also for helping players recover from particularly tough training that leaves them stiff and sore. For example, this equipment is especially good for the bigger players as it can be used to provide a full leg massage which then frees up staff to perform other duties. The end result is that in all cases players can train harder and recover quicker.” “They’re excellent for injury rehab too. We have a young academy player who’s been out with a long term injury but thanks to the Re-boot system he’s been running for the first time this week.” “The Poweplay Kit has also been of great benefit. It’s a cold compression therapy system that helps player recovery from swelling or fatigue. It greatly reduces recovery time and now we have several of these kits we can treat many more players.” John Bastian said “This equipment, along with the ice machine already purchased by BullBuilder will have a significant positive benefit to all our players. With over 70 junior players at the club from U16s, U19s, reserves and first team they will all be able to take advantage. It can be a game changer for our medical department, which means it will have a knock on effect on the field too.” BullBuilder also provided new mirrors in the gym to replace damaged ones. The mirrors were sourced via a scholarship player’s parent at a reasonable price and have been installed. Aaron Scholes joked “The new mirrors look great and won’t be getting any cracks so long as the uglier first teamers don’t look at them. Fortunately our younger players are better looking than them.” BullBuilder chairman Paul Butterworth said “I’d like to thank everyone that donated at recent events and for their continued subscriptions. This equipment was chosen to have maximum benefit to all our players and is already having a great effect.” To find out more about BullBuilder and how to join for as little as £10 a year please visit www.Bullbuilder.co.uk
As a result of fantastic support from BullBuilder members and supporters, we have received some feedback from Bulls, “Thanks for the wonderful support, it makes a massive difference helping to ensure the Academy have the equipment needed.” We are all seeing the benefit of the Bulls having a very successful Youth Development Programme with almost half the first team squad now having coming through the Bulls Academy. As a result of the Race Night, BullBuilder has been able to purchase an ice making machine to upgrade the medical facilities as there was not enough ice to provide the best care for our players across all youth levels. “Ice is the best treatment for injuries especially in a contact sport such as Rugby League. However, with the high quality youth coming through the academy from U15's to U19's, it was necessary to acquire a bigger ice machine to provide the best care for all our future stars.” In addition to funding the ice machine BullBuilder is also funding an ice compression device for treating acute injuries. This device uses ice around the joint and compresses it to squeeze out any swelling (something that manual treatment cannot do). It can also be used to heat joints so stiff joint are made more flexible for medical staff to treat the players. With so many academy players coming through our door, having this device will allow the medical team to treat 6 players at any one time, getting rid of long lasting swelling and discomfort that ice alone simply doesn't touch. This would mean that the medical department can be even more effective in treating injuries ultimately getting the players back playing quicker. It would also mean that the recovery processes the day after a game will improve drastically. People are showing fantastic support in sponsoring the Bulls Academy and Scholarship Players, Club have told us that people have sponsored almost every U19’s player, and U16’s sponsorship is also progressing well. If anyone would like to sponsor an Academy or Scholarship please contact Tracey Erby email@example.com or by checking on Bulls website https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/bradford/bradford-bulls-rugby-league-football-club/u19s 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, 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.