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Bulls Box Clever

BullBuilder and Bulls Foundation have teamed up to provide smart new boxing equipment for use by the Academy and Scholarship players at the Tong Training Centre. Other equipment bought included gloves and pads. The equipment was sourced by the Bulls Foundation and funded by BullBuilder, the Supporters Trust. BullBuilder chairman Sam Grundy explained. “Bulls Head of Youth Development John Bastian explained that there was a need for boxing equipment to aid player development and ourselves at BullBuilder and Mark Winder at the Bulls Foundation stepped in to help. The Foundation have great links into the community and were able to source excellent, top-quality equipment. We then used our member subscriptions to pay for it.” Bulls head of youth John Bastian explained how the equipment would benefit the Academy and Scholarship players. “Boxing training is something rugby league players have done for many years now and having this equipment in house means we can do that whenever we want. Boxing training helps not only with fitness but also with coordination and movement. Boxing requires concentration and precision, often at high intensity with explosive movements and in that way is good for simulating similar things to what players experience on the field. You have to get your feet in the right position before you punch – as in a tackle and often do that when fatigued.” “The heavy bags and pads are great for these purposes and will be a great aid to our youth players and first teamers. It provides some variety to training and can be really beneficial when the weather makes outdoor training impossible. I’d like to thank BullBuilder and the Bulls Foundation for their assistance in providing this equipment and would urge supporters to get involved with BullBuilder if they want to provide further help.” To join BullBuilder visit 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. To find out more about the Bulls Foundation visit http://www.bullsfoundation.org

Bulls Fan Judith Knits for Academy Success

The game versus Doncaster was one to remember for Bulls fan and BullBuilder member Judith Boyes, as she was pitch-side to present the latest Under 19 player of the month award at halftime. This, though, is just the latest example of how she’s got involved with helping the club. Judith, a fan since the late 1950s said “I went to my first game in the late 1950s as a young girl and would come on my bike with my late sister Mary. Even though the team struggled a bit I much preferred rugby league to football.   I saw the team regularly up until they folded and some games after they reformed but by then had a family to bring up so lost touch.” “I started to come back regularly in 2013 and remember coming back to Odsal and the site of the stadium on match day made me go ‘Wow!’ I’ve been a regular ever since.” Judith has raised over £500 for BullBuilder and the Bulls Foundation thanks to monies raised thanks to her knitting talents making and selling Bulls themed knitted items from hats to outfits for Bulls teddies.
Some of Judith's home-made Bulls crafts

Some of Judith's home-made Bulls crafts

“It all began when a lady sitting behind me in the stand commented on the knitted hat I was wearing. It was homemade rather than from the shop and before long lots of people were asking for me to knit them hats. I didn’t charge them much and I made sure proceeds went to the Bulls Foundation at first since I wanted to help the club.” “When BullBuilder started up again in 2014 I thought they were a good group to donate to since they make sure the money they raise goes to helping the young players in the academy. “I have quite a production line at home and am looking at doing some new designs this year – it’s a challenge to keep up with demand so I have to keep orders to something manageable. I just like to be able to help the club.”
Judith and friends!

Judith and friends!

“The whole day was great! I had my photo taken with Big Les and another with my favourite player Cloughie! And to crown it all London beating Leigh!” 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.

“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

BullBuilder help Academy reach “cutting edge” of coaching!

BullBuilder has collaborated with the Bulls Foundation to purchase two Apple Ipads and a MacBook. We recently caught up with Head of Youth John Bastian to find out how this equipment paid for with member’s contributions is helping Academy staff.
John Bastian with members of the BullBuilder committee

John Bastian with members of the BullBuilder committee

John Bastian said: “Teaching skills is the biggest challenge to a coach.  You have got to break it down. You begin by giving a smart explanation of a skill then get players to practice it.  You then put the player under pressure then hopefully you see the rewards on gameday.   It’s not like the old days when the basics could be taken for granted or you picked them up from watching games on TV or live.   You need to teach them in detail and practice them repeatedly.   The equipment donated by BullBuilder is a fantastic aid for doing that.” Two Ipads have been provided - one for U16s one for U19s and are used for recording clips of training drills that can highlight individual skills.    The equipment allows coaches to play back footage to players and conduct short analysis with each individual for immediate feedback. John added:  “During a drill a coach can pull a player across and in 30 seconds he can be shown where he’s going wrong and then immediately go back out and put into practice what he’s learnt.   It allows both coach and player to get more out of session.” John went on: “The Macbook is very useful as one is able to drop information on it such as whole games from U16s and U19s.   We also intend to use it for other games from amateur games we visit.   It allows us to analyse games in detail and Matt and Leigh spend many hours doing that.  You can use recordings from a statistical or qualitative point of view.  You can look at examples of good players and extenuate positives to illustrate something so that players can learn more. Now we have this equipment coaches can use to use it in ways to communicate to players so they understand and improve.  This equipment is a massive aid we are able to teach a skill, get players to practice, break it down, practice again and feedback.  The process follows a cycle.” “During the two close games in the World Club Challenge it was basic skills that cost the British clubs wins. The fundamentals, grip, catch and pass and quality of pass – they’re so important. It’s why we need to practice at length.  The more information we can give players through analysis the better hopefully they’ll become. Other clubs do it and England academy. Now, thanks to BullBuilder the Bulls Academy are too.” Chairman Mike Farren said, “We can see here how the financial donations made by members to BullBuilder have a real ‘end product’ on the field.” You can be a part of it 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.