Bradford Bulls are Boxing Clever after signing an exclusive sponsorship deal with Bradford College.
The lucrative deal will see both parties involved in a 3 year deal which will benefit both parties.
The Bulls squad have used Bradford College’s state of the art Trinity Green sports facilities to carry out pre-season training on a number of occasions. They have now set up camp at Bradford College’s Boxing Academy for pre-season training. Both Rugby League and Rugby Union professionals’ use boxing as part of their training because of its explosive power and rotational strength.
Commenting on the use of Bradford College Boxing Academy facilities by the Bradford Bulls, Paul Porter, Bradford Boxing Development Officer said: “We’ve worked with boxers of all ranges - from complete beginners to national champions. We’re keen to expand the work that we do with top level athletes from all sports.”
Paul Porter, Bradford Boxing Development Officer, has been instrumental in helping the Bradford Police and College Boxing Academy go from strength to strength. Paul, an amateur boxer for ten years for Enfield Amateur Boxing Club, came to Bradford College from the Amateur Boxing Association of England two years ago to set up the Boxing Academy.
The Boxing Academy has recently been selected as one of only six colleges in the country to become a designated High Performance Boxing Centre for aspiring boxers aged 16-19 years by the (ABAE) and (ECABA).
Bradford College's women's boxing programme has also been granted the ‘Inspire mark’, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire programme which recognises innovative and exceptional projects directly inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Head Coach, Mally MacIver put the squad through their paces during the rigorous boxing session as part of their pre-season training.
Bradford Bulls Player, Glenn Hall commenting on the use of Boxing to prepare for the season said: “I love it. It’s something totally different and it gets us off the field in weather like this.” During the Bulls training, Britain was gripped by freezing temperatures and heavy snow. Glenn added: “It’s really good because it gives us aerobic fitness and endurance, which is something that we need on the rugby field as well.”