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Huge club celebrate finally receiving academy licence

Academies often lead to Super League success as we have seen through Leeds Rhinos’ ‘Golden Generation’, Wigan Warriors’ success and perhaps the masters at it St Helens.

This is why Leigh Leopards have been so vocal about wanting an academy and why Castleford Tigers worked so hard to regain theirs.

That is true of another club in the shape of Bradford Bulls.

The Bulls announced recently that they have been awarded an ‘Elite Academy Licence’ running until the end of 2027.

The club had been awarded a probationary licence from June 2021 lasting until May 2023, giving up to two years to make the necessary steps towards regaining an ‘Elite Licence’.

We have worked closely with the RFL over recent months to make the required improvements, with an Independent Auditor giving our Academy an official rating of ‘Good’.

Head of Youth Ryan Hunkin said:

“I am delighted to receive the news that we have regained our Elite Academy Licence, this is fantastic news for the everyone involved in the academy such as staff, volunteers, players, and families.

I’d personally like to thank the RFL and the club for the support and guidance over the last 6 months whilst we have been striving to regain our licence, The appointment of key people within the academy staffing structure has certainly aided our journey, people such as Gareth Pickles our Youth and Academy Director and Jill Elam our academy Player Welfare Manager to name but a few, have been vital to the progression made in such a short time. A special thanks too to Bullbuilder, who continue to be of huge support to us all in the Academy who have helped us make the steps required to regain our licence.

I am now looking forward to continuing the great work alongside our dedicated staff, in ensuring we continue to strive for excellence.”

Following the announcement the Bulls have now planned a celebratory dinner.

It is a huge step forward for the club who have been outside Super League since 2014 and haven’t been crowned Champions since 2005 which was their fifth Grand Final appearance in a row and their sixth in seven years.

Now they can dream of returning to those heights.

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