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
As part of the community sponsored walk on Sunday, BullBuilder and the Bulls Foundation did a bucket collection before the game on Sunday anyone who made a donation was given a raffle ticket for a former players Armed Forces Day playing shirt. The winning ticket is Yellow 84 (AE 514405), please could the winner contact Sue.firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers from BullBuilder staged their biggest challenge yet when 14 of them tackled the three Yorkshire peaks last Saturday. The team, made up of BullBuilder members, volunteers, parents and club staff, completed the 24.5 mile trek the majority doing it in under 12 hours, despite soaring temperatures. Sponsorship in excess of £2000 was raised to help youth development at Bradford Bulls. BullBuilder committee member Toni Hoggett said “I’d like to thank everyone that took part in this challenge. From a personal point of view I can safely say it was physically, mentally and emotionally the hardest thing I have ever done. I’d also like to thank everyone that donated.” BullBuilder Head of Youth John Bastian, who also completed the challenge said, “I’d like to give huge thanks to Toni Hoggett for organising the walk. I don’t think people realise the effort it takes not only to complete it but also to organise it. I’d like to compliment everyone that took part, particularly the women who prepared so thoroughly and took on the challenge with enthusiasm and good humour. I’d also like to commend BullBuilder chairman Paul Butterworth who completed the challenge despite suffering from a dislocated shoulder. What an effort! The funds raised will be spent carefully and go toward youth development at Bradford Bulls.” BullBuilder chairman Paul Butterworth said: “I’d like to specifically thank Toni Hoggett, Mark Steel, Kelly Hargreaves, Paul Kilner, Sam Grundy, Liz Hallett, Sarah Davey, John Bastian, Liz Keyes, Simone Ryan, Ann Mucha, Andy Stephenson and Tony Hoggett for their superhuman efforts. I’d also like to thank Becky Stephenson, Karen Sowden and Jason Taylor for providing support along the route without which this wouldn’t have been possible. Finally I’d like to thank all those that sponsored us, your support is invaluable and ensures the club is able to keep producing the junior talent it needs to move forward.” As well as completing this challenge BullBuilder will be out walking again at the weekend when they join forces with several Bradford Rugby League Community Clubs on a sponsored walk. The walk will see them start at the Bulls training ground at Tong before taking in Dudley Hill, West Bowling, Wibsey, Wyke and Odsal Sedburgh before finishing at Odsal – a total of 9.5 miles. All clubs are taking part as well as Keighley Albion along with Bulls junior players and Head of Youth John Bastian – a glutton for punishment after completing the 3 Peaks a week earlier. Sponsorship money raised by Community Clubs will go to their own club, supporting continued development of rugby league in the community. Sponsorship money raised by the Academy and Scholarship teams will go to BullBuilder to enable them to continue their support of activities at Tong and the academy teams. For details on how to get involved or sponsor contact email@example.com
BullBuilder is pleased to announce the winner of the U19s player of the month for June. The June award goes to loose forward Matthew Storton Matthew, who comes from Bradford and the West Bowling community club is a strong running backrow forward who has made his mark in the U19s and Reserves this season. Head of Youth John Bastian said “Matthew is really hardworking and consistent in everything he does. He’s had a couple of tough injuries and come through the other side and is a very bright prospect. What’s shone out this season is his attitude. He’s an enthusiastic trainer who always arrives early and plays with a high level of commitment. Over the past six months he’s worked on his defence and he also now runs the ball in not only with great power but also with great speed and runs good lines. “In games he’s always near the top of the statistics for quality and his performances are of consistent high quality. If he keeps developing as he is he will be ready for first team action when John Kear calls upon him.” BullBuilder chairman Paul Butterworth said “It’s pleasing to see another Bradford lad win the player of the month award and follow in the footsteps of some big names. He’s had a great season so far.” Matthew will receive his award in the Southbank pre York match on 22nd July. Matty will receive this from his sponsor Jen Bennison. 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
Player Parents (Simone Ryan, Liz Keyes and Andy Stephenson), John Bastian, BullBuilder Members (inc: some of the BullBuilder Board), 14 people in total are doing the Three Yorkshire Peaks Challenge next Saturday 14th July to help BullBuilder to raise funds to support our young players development. To support/sponsor the BullBuilder Three Yorkshire Peaks Challenge, every £1 will help please go to https://www.gofundme.com/bullbuilder Please share and encourage as many people as possible to donate/sponsor. Anyone who would like to participate in the Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday 14th July, please contact Toni Hoggett 07947159065.
U19s Player of May 2018 BullBuilder is pleased to announce the winner of the U19s player of the month for May is Lawrence Okanga. Lawrence was signed by Salford City Reds from the Siddal Amateur Rugby League Community club, when the Salford Academy ceased, Lawrence was on the lookout for playing options and was loaned across to the Bulls Academy, Head of Youth John Bastian said “Lawrence is a hard working back row forward and soon settled into life at the Bulls and was signed on a permanent deal until November 2018, Lawrence is in his final year of Academy Rugby and is working hard to impress Head Coach John Kear.” BullBuilder chairman Paul Butterworth said “It’s pleasing to see the next generation of Bulls players are working hard and showing committed”. Lawrence was presented with his award pitchside at half time during the match versus North Wales Crusaders on 9th June, from his sponsors 39 Steps Consulting (Richard Hannay, Graham Firth & Brian Sunderland) and BullBuilder Board representative Jason Taylor. BullBuilder’s next fundraising event to raise funds to support our Academy is the Three Yorkshire Peaks Challenge, John Bastian will be participating. To sponsor/support please go to https://www.gofundme.com/bullbuilder Anyone who would like to participate in the Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday 14th July, please contact Toni Hoggett 07947159065. 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 Thanks to David Lowdell for the photograph
MASSIVE THANK YOU for your support in making the Academy Summer Ball such a great success. Fantastic news that the Bulls have signed seven young players: Ciaran Dickinson- Headingley Hawks- Prop Isaac Coleman- Headingley Hawks- Back Row Harry Shackleton- Hunslet Warriors- Half Back Kieran Brining – West Bowling- Centre/Wing Layton Haywood – West Bowling- Prop Daniel Edwards- Hunslet Warriors- Back Row Daniel McGrath- Brighouse Rangers - Wing (unavailable) Great credit to our Club, Academy Coaches and not forgetting Andrew Chalmers who from taking ownership at the Bulls has always said he would support the development of young players as these were the future of our Club. We have the pleasure of watching our Academy players make incredible progress, play and impress in our first team. Our next fundraising event to raise funds to support our Academy is the BullBuilder Three Yorkshire Peaks Challenge. To support/sponsor the Three Yorkshire Peaks Challenge, please go to https://www.gofundme.com/bullbuilder Anyone who would like to participate in the Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday14th July, please contact Toni Hoggett 07947159065. Thanks to David Lowdell for the great photograph.
Thanks to the support of BullBuilder young players at Bradford Bulls will be getting the benefit of cutting edge technology. Josh Bryan from Analysis Pro recently spent a day with coaches Leigh Beattie and Mark Dunning to provide education in using the NacSport analysis system. The NacSport System is a sports performance analysis tool that is used by coaches and players to break down video footage of games. This is then compiled to identify areas of good play and areas for improvement to help players improve their game. Head of Youth John Bastian said: “The system helps break down games so that individual players are assessed. Each gets a points total and the system can look at attacking play, defensive play, kicking and other facets of the game. It helps to point out good things players do on the field and areas for improvement.” “We were very lucky to be able to host Josh Bryan of Analysis Pro who spent a day with Leigh Beattie and Mark Dunning helping them advance their skills. Josh has a wonderful way of teaching and he’s invested a lot of patience and time and he’s delighted with the progress Mark and Leigh have made.” “This system is a real goldmine of information for players who want to improve their game. It’s not just a tool for coaches. Players can take advantage of it by assessing the information and working with coaches to understand how they can get better. The game rewards those players that go the extra mile in improving themselves and this system provides them with the opportunity to do that, it’s important for players to recognise that they must assess their footage and take ideas to the Coaches, Smart proactive Players will do this and benefit from the learning process..” Josh Bryan of NacSport Analysis said: “It’s great to see the NacSport video analysis processes continually progressing at the Bradford Bulls Academy. The detailed analysis that Mark Dunning and Leigh Beattie provide to the Team is of a fantastic standard, ensuring that the Junior players Development and understanding of their game can advance really well. AnalysisPro are really proud to be supporting Bulls and their Coaching Staff.” BullBuilder chairman Paul Butterworth said “It’s thanks to the generosity of BullBuilder members that we were able to provide the funding to get this support from Josh Bryan at Analysis Pro and we think it will be of great benefit to the coaching staff and players. In the modern game we can leave no stone unturned as we seek to provide the best coaching and support to young players.” 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 (Picture shows U16s Coach Mark Dunning (Left), Josh Bryan of Nac Sport Analysis (Centre) and Leigh Beattie, U19s Coach (Right).
Two bits of exciting news. Former Northern/Bulls players/legends have purchased tickets for the Summer Ball (to support the Academy) and will be present on the night. Everyone who attends the Ball will be entered into a FREE prize draw for a signed Bulls shirt, very kindly donated by the Club. Please book your tickets for the Academy Summer Ball as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. BullBuilder's Academy Summer Ball will be on Friday 1st June at 7pm in the SouthBank at Odsal. You can purchase tickets online at https://bullbuilder.nutickets.com/44904 Tickets can also be purchased from the Club Shop.