Bradford Bulls Supporters Trust, BullBuilder works closely with the Bulls Foundation and Bulls Lottery to coordinate and combine efforts.
The Big One Lottery, BullBuilder, Bulls Foundation and Squad Booster are independent bodies with different aims, but often overlap in their activities.
By working together we have benefited by seeing players such as Myles Lawford, George Flanagan JR, Ethan Ryan, Liam Kirk, Ross Oakes, Joe Brown, Brad Gallagher, Steve Crossley, Ebon Scurr, Sam Burgess, Elliott Whitehead, Adam O’Brien, Danny Addy, to name a few, to play for the Bulls first team.
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.
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. They reach the local community to promote positive lifestyle messages, build confidence, develop talent and promote civic pride. The child that tries the game for the first time thanks to one of their events could one day end up becoming a long term supporter or even an elite level player.
The Bradford Bulls Big One Lottery is the main source of monies raised by the Lottery go directly to pay for academy players, coaches, support staff, premises, equipment and overheads.
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. It’s the bread and butter fund raiser for the Academy and the main source of income for them.
The big plus about BullBuilder is that it is able to provide support – both in physical items, and in providing activities and other support – on top of what the club provides.
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 does not fund. Money is raised from events and direct donations from members. Over recent years Bullbuilder has made a significant contributions to support the development of Academy players.
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 Bradford Bulls Squad Booster Association (BBSBA), is a new independent supporters association, additional to BullBuilder, whose sole aim is to raise funds to supplement the existing Bradford Bulls club budget for retaining and signing first team squad players. BullBuilder has a good working relationship with them as it may help the Bulls keep players who come through the Bulls Academy.