Bradford Bulls supporters’ trust comes out of hibernation

Paul Butterworth helped to collect money for BullBuilder’s hardship fund, which was a huge success

Paul Butterworth helped to collect money for BullBuilder’s hardship fund, which was a huge success

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

BullBuilder are hoping tomorrow’s meeting at the Provident Stadium will see a number of new board members appointed as the “revitalised” supporters’ trust relaunches.

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 hold an open discussion with people interested in becoming involved in the organisation.

The trust 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.

Spokesman Mike Farren said: “I think it’s fair to say that the reason we weren’t active last year was because we had formed with the intention of providing support to the junior teams and targeting that support.

“But the previous regime at the club were keen to retain more control of things and we weren’t really able to work with them to target where our fundraising went.

“They also took on a lot more responsibility for running events, which affected our ability to raise funds. Therefore we just decided to be dormant for a year.

“But now we are effectively looking for new board members and need new blood to take the organisation forward.”

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

Farren added: “The talks we have had so far with the current regime at the club suggest that they would be happy to work with a revitalised BullBuilder.

“It’s about us working on a targeted basis to ensure we work for the benefits of junior players.

“The idea in the past is that we have targeted things that the club wouldn’t otherwise provide.”

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.

The Bulls’ current regime have spoken about the possibility of dispensing with the training facility at Tong in order to save costs but Farren is hoping that can be avoided.

He said: “We have invested in Tong already – for example, the floodlights we had put on the training pitch there – and it would be a shame to see that investment lost. It’s certainly an avenue for discussion.”

Tomorrow’s meeting will take place in the Conference & Banqueting Stand at 7.30pm.

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5:49pm Tue 28 Jan 14

BCFC1234 says...

I will become a member again. Its weird how the people who spend all day moaning on this site have no comment to make about a good news story No doubt they wont be at the meeting either
I will become a member again. Its weird how the people who spend all day moaning on this site have no comment to make about a good news story No doubt they wont be at the meeting either BCFC1234
  • Score: 9

1:13pm Wed 29 Jan 14

theoutsider says...

Bradford Bulls - Collection Bucket - Supporters three things that seem to fit well together somehow. I would be careful if I was you; have'nt the Dulls tea leafed enough out of supporters pockets? there's a word for folks who fall for it once, then again and again and again. MUGS.
Bradford Bulls - Collection Bucket - Supporters three things that seem to fit well together somehow. I would be careful if I was you; have'nt the Dulls tea leafed enough out of supporters pockets? there's a word for folks who fall for it once, then again and again and again. MUGS. theoutsider
  • Score: -6

1:37pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Adeybull says...

theoutsider wrote:
Bradford Bulls - Collection Bucket - Supporters three things that seem to fit well together somehow. I would be careful if I was you; have'nt the Dulls tea leafed enough out of supporters pockets? there's a word for folks who fall for it once, then again and again and again. MUGS.
I take great exception to that malicious and clearly ill-informed outpouring.

Bullbuilder is owned by its members, the fans. Bullbuilder decides what happens to any funds that are raised. Not the club. Not the generality of the fans. And certainly not a nasty piece of work like you.

Maybe you would like to say what you just said to the faces of club staff, who carried on working for nothing after the administrators sacked them, and who were helped by the Bullbuilder Hardship Fund in 2012? Those staff without whose commitment and efforts we would almost certainly not have a club now?

I should warn you though, I would expect some of those people to be pretty tough individuals, who I suspect would welcome the opportunity to...discuss? - your statement with you in person - robustly, and at some length?

If you had the guts to crawl out from beghind your keyboard, and say it to peoples faces.
[quote][p][bold]theoutsider[/bold] wrote: Bradford Bulls - Collection Bucket - Supporters three things that seem to fit well together somehow. I would be careful if I was you; have'nt the Dulls tea leafed enough out of supporters pockets? there's a word for folks who fall for it once, then again and again and again. MUGS.[/p][/quote]I take great exception to that malicious and clearly ill-informed outpouring. Bullbuilder is owned by its members, the fans. Bullbuilder decides what happens to any funds that are raised. Not the club. Not the generality of the fans. And certainly not a nasty piece of work like you. Maybe you would like to say what you just said to the faces of club staff, who carried on working for nothing after the administrators sacked them, and who were helped by the Bullbuilder Hardship Fund in 2012? Those staff without whose commitment and efforts we would almost certainly not have a club now? I should warn you though, I would expect some of those people to be pretty tough individuals, who I suspect would welcome the opportunity to...discuss? - your statement with you in person - robustly, and at some length? If you had the guts to crawl out from beghind your keyboard, and say it to peoples faces. Adeybull
  • Score: 12

6:20pm Wed 29 Jan 14

cj says...

well said Adeybull.
well said Adeybull. cj
  • Score: 8

8:17pm Wed 29 Jan 14

The Man From the Pru says...

Hi Rhino, new name, same GARBAGE. Give it a rest lad, your posts on City are just as bad.

Bullbuilder have done a marvellous job, they deserve all the plaudits they get. Keep up the good work.
Hi Rhino, new name, same GARBAGE. Give it a rest lad, your posts on City are just as bad. Bullbuilder have done a marvellous job, they deserve all the plaudits they get. Keep up the good work. The Man From the Pru
  • Score: 6

11:37pm Wed 29 Jan 14

bradfordbronco says...

theoutsider wrote:
Bradford Bulls - Collection Bucket - Supporters three things that seem to fit well together somehow. I would be careful if I was you; have'nt the Dulls tea leafed enough out of supporters pockets? there's a word for folks who fall for it once, then again and again and again. MUGS.
Putting your money where your mouth is and supporting the your club when they need it, doesn't make you a mug. Sitting on your backside waitingand praying for a millionaire to turn up and watching the club you love disappear for ever, that makes you a mug.
[quote][p][bold]theoutsider[/bold] wrote: Bradford Bulls - Collection Bucket - Supporters three things that seem to fit well together somehow. I would be careful if I was you; have'nt the Dulls tea leafed enough out of supporters pockets? there's a word for folks who fall for it once, then again and again and again. MUGS.[/p][/quote]Putting your money where your mouth is and supporting the your club when they need it, doesn't make you a mug. Sitting on your backside waitingand praying for a millionaire to turn up and watching the club you love disappear for ever, that makes you a mug. bradfordbronco
  • Score: 5

4:25pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Loyalbull1981 says...

TBH prefer to give money direct to the club via merchandising that to a supporters trust who are only remitted to raise funds for the academy. Without the bulls as a club there wouldn't even be a academy or need for a training ground so I just think the club needs the focus on getting people into the ground and get people helping do the 'hard graft jobs' to make the place look appealing that they prob cant afford to pay outsiders to do. come on people get your hands dirty, as time given to the club is just as precious as money/its all relative.
TBH prefer to give money direct to the club via merchandising that to a supporters trust who are only remitted to raise funds for the academy. Without the bulls as a club there wouldn't even be a academy or need for a training ground so I just think the club needs the focus on getting people into the ground and get people helping do the 'hard graft jobs' to make the place look appealing that they prob cant afford to pay outsiders to do. come on people get your hands dirty, as time given to the club is just as precious as money/its all relative. Loyalbull1981
  • Score: -1

6:37pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Adeybull says...

Plenty of room for both New Horizons and other volunteers, and the Supporters Trust. Different remits, different approaches, same overall objective.

The club fully recognise and appreciates the contribution Bullbuilder has and will make - those at the meeting last night heard Paul Medley speak about that at length and with passion. That's why myself and loads of others are happy to play our part pimarily through the route of Bullbuilder. Others may feel more comfortable giving their unpaid time directly to the club so the club can employ less paid staff. Others again may prefer to contribute by buying merchandise. Some - including Bullbuilder board and general members - have done and do do two or even all three. Its a matter of personal choice, and as you observe there are options available.

It is, though, wholly incorrect to say that Bullbulder is "only remitted to raise funds for the academy". That may have been the primary remit thus far - the area where the Trust could make the most difference. But the Hardship Fund was a clear example of winder activities, as was the collection in the ground organised by Bullbuilder at that game vs Leeds in 2012 that raised a lot of thousands of pounds for the club. There have been other activities too, not necessarily in the glare of publicity.

More to the point going forward, its remit will be whatever the members determine. That already includes, as existing remits, being available as a conduit between club and fans, and as a vehicle that could be used for supporter investment in and representation in the club. Indeed, that second remit, which is a primary remit of some other supporters' trusts anyway (go check out Hull KR's supporters trust, for example), was explored at some length with both the previous and the current administrations. And may well be in the future.

Bullbuilder is about giving time too, not just about raising funds. And a hell of a lot too, for some volunteers. Just directed in slightly different directions, but with the same end objective - the survival and subsequent development and success of the club. Which is what we all want to see!
Plenty of room for both New Horizons and other volunteers, and the Supporters Trust. Different remits, different approaches, same overall objective. The club fully recognise and appreciates the contribution Bullbuilder has and will make - those at the meeting last night heard Paul Medley speak about that at length and with passion. That's why myself and loads of others are happy to play our part pimarily through the route of Bullbuilder. Others may feel more comfortable giving their unpaid time directly to the club so the club can employ less paid staff. Others again may prefer to contribute by buying merchandise. Some - including Bullbuilder board and general members - have done and do do two or even all three. Its a matter of personal choice, and as you observe there are options available. It is, though, wholly incorrect to say that Bullbulder is "only remitted to raise funds for the academy". That may have been the primary remit thus far - the area where the Trust could make the most difference. But the Hardship Fund was a clear example of winder activities, as was the collection in the ground organised by Bullbuilder at that game vs Leeds in 2012 that raised a lot of thousands of pounds for the club. There have been other activities too, not necessarily in the glare of publicity. More to the point going forward, its remit will be whatever the members determine. That already includes, as existing remits, being available as a conduit between club and fans, and as a vehicle that could be used for supporter investment in and representation in the club. Indeed, that second remit, which is a primary remit of some other supporters' trusts anyway (go check out Hull KR's supporters trust, for example), was explored at some length with both the previous and the current administrations. And may well be in the future. Bullbuilder is about giving time too, not just about raising funds. And a hell of a lot too, for some volunteers. Just directed in slightly different directions, but with the same end objective - the survival and subsequent development and success of the club. Which is what we all want to see! Adeybull
  • Score: 2

8:04pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Loyalbull1981 says...

Who are new horizons ? I just hope we get more than 5000 in the ground per game or there will be no club,regardless . Magic wand anyone
Who are new horizons ? I just hope we get more than 5000 in the ground per game or there will be no club,regardless . Magic wand anyone Loyalbull1981
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