Bradford Bulls groundsman Beattie has his eyes on the prize

Leigh Beattie takes a breather from his Bulls duties in the Odsal boot room

Leigh Beattie takes a breather from his Bulls duties in the Odsal boot room

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

Leigh Beattie could end a traumatic year at the Bulls on a glorious high after being nominated for a prestigious national award.

The Bulls’ head groundsman and kitman has been named in the Professional Rugby League Groundsman of the Year category by the Institute of Groundsman-ship Industry Awards 2012.

The long-serving 42-year-old, who also serves as West Bowling’s first-team coach and was on Bradford North-ern’s books as a youngster, is up against Leigh Sports Village’s Keith Porter.

Success for Beattie would cap a fitting end to an emotion-filled season.

The father of two, whose wife Melissa works as a cleaner at Odsal, was made redundant at the height of the club’s financial crisis before working voluntarily and then being reinstated as a paid employee after Omar Khan took ownership.

He also assists head of youth development Paul Medley in coaching the Bulls’ youngsters and is a popular figure at the club.

Beattie, father to six-year-old Louis and four-year-old Alicia, said: “It’s been a tough year but it’s been good too because the spirit of the club shone through and there was some great camaraderie.

"It’s good to get recognised with this nomination and it’s assessed on all manner of things – the field of play mainly but also the budgets that were available, machinery and how many staff you’ve got.

“I’ve had no budget all year and no money had been spent on it whatsoever until Omar took over.

“My machines haven’t been serviced so we’ve had to battle through really.

“We had to borrow some paint to mark from Leeds Rhinos because we couldn’t afford to buy any.

“It’s been tough for me personally because I’m the main breadwinner in my family but my wife has been an absolute rock for me.”

Now in its fourth year, the awards have received a record number of nominations.

The winners will be revealed by talkSPORT presenter Mark Saggers at York Racecourse on Thursday, December 6.

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11:13am Wed 7 Nov 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

He is as big as a prop so sign him up,
He is as big as a prop so sign him up, ifallwerelikemumby
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11:51am Wed 7 Nov 12

pweibj67 says...

This is whats wrong with our club! Leigh just assumes he is going to get on the pitch week in week out!! We need the young groundsmen to start to develope! And put the pressure on him! He needs to get his appetite back!
Understand the Warrington 19k'ers are in discussions with loaning us with one of their youngsters to put pressure on him!

Spends far too much time at The Odsal cafe!!

Good luck .. this could be our first trophy of the new era!
This is whats wrong with our club! Leigh just assumes he is going to get on the pitch week in week out!! We need the young groundsmen to start to develope! And put the pressure on him! He needs to get his appetite back! Understand the Warrington 19k'ers are in discussions with loaning us with one of their youngsters to put pressure on him! Spends far too much time at The Odsal cafe!! Good luck .. this could be our first trophy of the new era! pweibj67
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12:34pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Hill182 says...

That will be a win for Leigh sports village as it is miles above anything Bradford has to offer
That will be a win for Leigh sports village as it is miles above anything Bradford has to offer Hill182
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2:17pm Wed 7 Nov 12

passionate says...

Hill182 wrote:
That will be a win for Leigh sports village as it is miles above anything Bradford has to offer
Idiot alert...can you read?
"it’s assessed on all manner of things – the field of play mainly but also the budgets that were available, machinery and how many staff you’ve got"
Back to school boy...A for Apple. B for Ball. C for C**k!
[quote][p][bold]Hill182[/bold] wrote: That will be a win for Leigh sports village as it is miles above anything Bradford has to offer[/p][/quote]Idiot alert...can you read? "it’s assessed on all manner of things – the field of play mainly but also the budgets that were available, machinery and how many staff you’ve got" Back to school boy...A for Apple. B for Ball. C for C**k! passionate
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2:28pm Wed 7 Nov 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

Leigh will win :-p
Leigh will win :-p ifallwerelikemumby
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7:08pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Shelfrhino says...

How do you get an award, your pitch is a turned up slice of bread.
How do you get an award, your pitch is a turned up slice of bread. Shelfrhino
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