Bradford Bulls vows to continue running the academy after RFL’s “incomprehensible” decision Yorkshire News

Bradford Bulls in action against Featehrstone Rovers earlier this season. (ALLAN MCKENZIE / SWPIX)

The championship club has made an additional statement in light of the Rugby Football League’s decision on Friday to deny it an Elite Academy license for 2022-27.

That announcement surprised everyone at the Bulls, and similarly the Castleford Tigers and Hull KR, who also lost their place in the Academy league in the future as the number of clubs dropped from 13 to ten.

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Bradford has traditionally enjoyed success by bringing in his own local talent, including current England stars John Bateman, Elliott Whitehead and Tom Burgess.

Elsewhere in the Super League, Castleford’s Jake Trueman, St Helens Grand Final winner James Bentley and Huddersfield Giants hooker Adam O’Brien also passed through their ranks and Bradford has continued to run an impressive academy despite having been relegated from the top flight in 2014.

The ten clubs that will be licensed by the Elite Academy from 2022 are Hull FC, Leeds Rhinos, Wakefield Trinity, Huddersfield, St Helens, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves, Catalans Dragons, London Broncos and Newcastle Thunder.

Bradford’s statement read: “The Bradford Bulls have yet to receive a detailed explanation as to why their application (to continue) to lead an extraordinarily productive Academy has been rejected.

“While waiting for some comments, the club reserves its position to use all options to reverse this seemingly incomprehensible conclusion.

“A core principle of the Bulls is that we provide employment, training and career opportunities to the people, particularly the youth, of Bradford.

“Our commitment to continue managing a scholarship system and Academy team remains 100% intact.

“We will be interacting with parents, clubs, businesses and other local stakeholders this week when we have more current information.

“We don’t think Bradford youth should be forced to take the bus to Headingley or Huddersfield if they want to pursue an elite career in rugby league.”

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This notice was published: 2021-05-23 14:04:27