Bradford Bulls fans urged to get involved again

Former Bulls coach Mick Potter

Former Bulls coach Mick Potter

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Bulls Reporter

BullBuilder are to hold a meeting at the Provident Stadium later this month that will see the supporters’ trust relaunched.

The trust raised almost £29,000 at the height of the Bulls’ financial crisis in 2012 and set up a hardship fund to provide financial support to staff who had been made redundant, including coach Mick Potter, following the club’s slide into administration.

BullBuilder have been dormant for the past year but will now hold an open discussion with people interested in becoming involved in the organisation.

BullBuilder was founded to raise funds on the fans’ behalf, offering support to the club’s academy system while making the Bulls an attractive destination for Super League’s rising stars.

The trust has in the past provided Bradford’s young talent with extra training kit and assisted with transport, while funding beneficial team-building trips and helping to maintain the club’s Tong training base.

BullBuilder have this week held talks with club officials, including the possibility of the trust providing a vehicle for fan investment in the Bulls.

A spokesperson for BullBuilder said: “The trust has been dormant for the last year or so but now, as we approach the new Super League season – under a new regime, we believe the time is right to become active once again.

“We have recently approached the club and held initial discussions about various possibilities.

“Besides resuming our various fundraising activities, designed to safeguard the legacy at the club’s Tong training facility and to keep Bradford Bulls as one of the top destinations for junior players, options include providing a vehicle for fans’ investment in the club or even a direct channel of communication.

“However, setting the agenda for BullBuilder and ensuring our ideas become a reality will be the responsibility of the trust’s members and, ultimately, a new BullBuilder board.

“To make sure we can act effectively, we urgently need new blood on the committee. We would like to hear from anyone who feels able to contribute, whether currently a BullBuilder member or not.”

For more information, contact BullBuilder via e-mail on info@bullbuilder.co.uk.

Alternatively, write to Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Ltd, Suite 2, Buttershaw Works, Buttershaw Lane, Bradford, BD6 2DD.

The meeting will take place in the Conference & Banqueting Stand on Wednesday, January 29 at 7.30pm.

A spokesperson said: “If you want to make a positive difference to the Bulls and think that you could help with running the trust, organising events and carrying out fundraising activities, then joining the BullBuilder board could be the best thing for you.

“With your help, the trust will have a bright future, helping to shape the future of the Bulls.”

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