A Bradford supporters trust has offered funding to ensure that the Bulls’ academy clash with Hull KR this weekend goes ahead.
With the club currently in financial turmoil, fans group Bullbuilder highlighted its concern for two groups involved with the club – the Bulls staff that were made redundant last week, and the young players within the club.
Bullbuilder has now established a hardship fund, to give assistance to these groups, including paying for travel and the presence of a physiotherapist for the upcoming academy game.
Bulls’ Recruitment Manager, Mark Robinson, said: “This is a fantastic gesture! We have an Academy squad that has only lost one game all season and are the envy of many other Super League clubs. Knowing that the fans value them so highly will be a great boost to them, and it can only help our recruitment and retention of young players at this crucial time.”
Fortunately, the Rovers clash is the last academy match for four weeks due to an international break.
A Bullbuilder statement added: “Although fans may greet with some relief the news that the deadline to save the Bradford Bulls has been extended until 27th July, it nevertheless means that the uncertainty continues.
“Like all other supporters, BullBuilder remains wholly behind efforts to ensure the salvation of the Bulls. Until this is achieved, we will continue to do our best to assist the young players and staff who have contributed so much, and to provide a focus for the fan base at large.”
If any supporter would like to contribute to this fund, we guarantee that it will be ring-fenced for the specific purpose of helping these individuals, and will be returned to the contributor if not used in this way.
To contribute, go to http://www.bullbuilder.co.uk/Hardship.aspx, and donate via PayPal, or send a cheque payable to BullBuilder, to Bradford Rugby League Supporters Society Ltd, Suite 2 Buttershaw Works, Buttershaw Lane, Bradford, BD6 2DD.
If sending a cheque, please include your contact details and a note that you wish the money to go toward the Hardship fund.