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Bradford Bulls set to sign major sponsorship deal
The new owners of Bradford Bulls are on the verge of signing a sponsorship deal with Bradford University and Bradford College which will see them offer students placements at Odsal.
Former Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe, honorary chairman of Omar Khan’s OK Bulls Limited, said he and Mr Khan have been in talks with the educational establishments, which could become the new outfit’s first two major sponsors.
The three-year deal is expected to involve physiotherapy and medical students from the college and university completing placements and apprenticeships at Odsal, while players and staff at the club will be given the opportunity to complete sports diplomas.
Bradford South MP Mr Sutcliffe said the deal would “financially benefit” the Bulls, but said: “It’s an all-round package where we’re supporting them and they’re supporting us. It’s very exciting. They will offer us physiotherapy and medical support and our players will get the opportunity to complete qualifications.
“The university and college both want to develop their sports science provision and that is something we can help them with by offering our facilities.
“Obviously this will be of financial benefit to the club, but the non-financial benefits are massive too.”
Mr Khan, who saved the club from the brink of liquidation on August 31, hailed the partnership as one of the “best things” to happen to the club.
“It’s great that Bradford University and Bradford College have become part of Bradford Bulls,” he said.
“Education is the most important thing in anyone’s life and we can offer them the best educational facilities at Odsal. We want to create a community club and we hope students at the college and university will come down and support the Bulls. It also means we can look after the welfare of our players by allowing them to further their education if they want to do so.”
The deal is expected to be discussed by senior staff at Bradford University and Bradford College next week.
Neither Bradford College or Bradford University said they could comment at this stage.