Fans offer financial support to Bradford
Bradford fans have set up a hardship fund to help the coaching and backroom staff made redundant at the ailing Super League club.
Brendan Guilfoyle, the administrator running the financially-stricken club, last week laid off 16 full-time staff, including head coach Mick Potter, in an effort to slash costs and prevent the Bulls from going into liquidation.
Potter returned, along with his assistants Francis Cummins and Lee St Hilaire, on a voluntary basis to prepare the team for last Sunday's game against London Broncos but afterwards stressed the club cannot rely on goodwill alone for the rest of the season.
Now BullBuilder, the Bradford supporters' trust, have established a fund which will be administered by the club's pastor Warren Evans to help out the redundant staff.
"We were concerned to do our best to ensure that their commitment to the Bulls' cause would not lead to financial hardship on their part," said BullBuilder spokesman Mike Farren.
"We guarantee that the fund 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."
The trust have also agreed to foot the bill for the club's academy team's trip to Hull KR this weekend and the cost of a physiotherapist to ensure the match goes ahead.
Bradford 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."