Bradford come to West Bowling’s aid

Bradford Bulls have come to the aid of local Amateur Rugby League Club West Bowling by offering their facilities on Gameday for the beleaguered Club.

West Bowling were forced to leave their headquarters at Bankfoot Cricket Club, which left them without Dressing Rooms or Clubhouse facilities and the situation could have spelt the end for the well established Amateur Club. West Bowling will now be able to use the Changing Rooms at Odsal Stadium as well as the Coral Stand for their after match hospitality and club functions.

Bulls Football and Media Manager Stuart Duffy said: “Our Commercial Director Simon Kenny was approached by West Bowling ARLFC regarding their situation and he quickly made an appointment to see them.  They outlined the seriousness of their situation and a decision was taken there and then to make our facilities available to them.”

Commercial Director Simon Kenny said: “The decision to support West Bowling was based upon Omar Khan’s desire and vision to bring the Bradford Bulls back into the heart of the Community, with a strong focus on Community Groups and Youth Development within the district. This we believe shows our ongoing commitment towards the regeneration of Bradford through our Community Partnerships.”

West Bowling is one of the great amateur clubs in the City and it’s vitally important that it retains its status within Rugby League. The hard working volunteers who run the club have fostered and nurtured the local children for many years and have seen them go on to play an integral part in the sport, whether professionally or in the amateur game and we could not stand by and see them at risk of folding.”

“They have provided many players to the professional game over the years and our current players Elliott Whitehead and Nathan Conroy and Kyle Moore, who both play for the Bulls Academy, are all products of the West Bowling Club”

Omar Khan said: “West Bowling are a massive part of amateur rugby league in the city and this is a great opportunity to help safeguard their future. Clubs such as West Bowling can provide the next generation of Bradford Bulls stars.”

Bowling junior chairman Martin Tordoff said: “There was a real danger the club could have folded without the Bulls assistance and it’s a massive opportunity which we could not afford to miss because we don’t know where it might lead.”

“The Bulls have got an additional set of changing rooms near to the ticket office and car park. Our under-7s to 11s are using those changing room and walk across the car park to the playing field. The rest of the junior teams are using Emsleys Rec on Manchester Road, but we all travel back to the Coral Stand for the after-match presentations and food.”

“I would also like to say thank you to Clayton ARLFC who have helped us out massively in keeping our teams together in the interim of going to the Bulls. Without Dave Picknall’s help I’m sure we would have lost some teams already.”

“We’re very grateful also to the Bulls and how they have opened themselves up to the community since Omar Khan took over and are looking forward to the future together.”

“A lot of our players have been on the academy books at the Bulls, such Nathan Conroy and Kyle Moore and we had six of our under 17s there and two who have just been selected for the BARLA Great Britain team in Luke Robinson and Josh Hattle.”

“Then you have the likes of Stuart Reardon and Elliott Whitehead who all played for Bowling.”

Bulls coach Francis Cummins said: “This is a massive gesture from the club to help safeguard West Bowling’s future.  It will give them the stability to kick on now and provides an opportunity in invest in a lot of young people in the city.”

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