BRADFORD Bulls have announced that Bolu Fagborun has joined their Voluntary Advisory Board – taking on the role of corporate social responsibility director.

A familiar face in rugby league circles within the Bradford area, Fagborun currently occupies the position of development officer for local community club Birkenshaw Blue Dogs.

He is fresh from an exciting year with the Birkenshaw Girls section, where he spearheaded the recruitment of 22 new girls to the game in the last five months.

Fagborun is also a former professional rugby league player, having represented clubs including Huddersfield, Batley, Sheffield, Rochdale, and, on the international stage, Nigeria.

He has outlined his plans for Bulls to their official website, saying: “Sports can be used as a vehicle for recovery as we come out of lockdown, and young people try to recover to normality through its social, mental and physical benefits.

“I believe the Bulls can help in Bradford’s recovery from this Covid period with all the wide-ranging benefits a professional sports club can offer, from fans watching safely at Odsal, encouraging participation in grassroots, player pathways and the cultural feel good factor for all.

“As a Bradford resident for over 30 years, I am keen to see the Bulls be a pillar of strength and aspiration for all regardless of your sporting preferences, by leading people’s hearts and minds with the fantastic relationships built around our delivery on and off the pitch.

“After speaking to people at the club it’s a period of great excitement and I want to fulfil the club’s and fans’ ambitions.

“I’ve always put myself at the heart of community-based activities and I think that will serve me well in this role, as I look to strengthen relationships with all our stakeholders and partners, both old and new.”

Bradford Bulls chairman Nigel Wood commented: “The club has made no secret of its vision of becoming a leading corporate citizen in the city, more than simply a rugby league team.

“We are striving to be a force for civic pride and good, a provider of hope, aspiration and employment for the people of Bradford, whether that is on the field or indeed off it.

“Bolu understands precisely the journey we are looking to go on and we are delighted that he has agreed to join our team, trying to move the club forward across all agendas.”