Buxton Bulls look to bounce back after disappointing season on and off the pitch

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A rugby league club is hoping a fresh start on and off the pitch will preserve its future.

Buxton Bulls have endured a turbulent three years since it formed and last season lost key positions due to members relocating.

Chairman Roy Belton now, with the help of the Rugby Football League (RFL), believes a relaunch of the club is the way forward.

They are appealing to the wider rugby community for volunteers to join their club and for new players to lodge an interest.

Belton said: “Last season we lost our treasurer, secretary and founder and we need bodies to help us off the pitch.

“We had a lot of players who decided they did not want to play through the summer, so we’re down on players and committee.

“We couldn’t fulfil our fixtures which was disappointing but we’re looking to put all that behind us now.”

The Bulls have enlisted the support of Ralph Rimmer, chief operating officer at the RFL, as an ambassador for the club.

“He lives in Glossop and asked if there was anything he could do to help,” said Belton.

“We were more than happy to take him up on his offer and he recommended we started again. We want to get a committee together then look at a recruitment campaign.

“We need new energy, new ideas as we try desperately to keep the club together.”

Rimmer includes Sheffield Eagles and Huddersfield Giants among his past employers and was only too happy to offer his support.

He said: “It was a pleasure to meet Roy and hear about the Bulls, their short history and some of the people and organisations that have helped them along the way.

“I have agreed that if there is anything I can do to support them then I will and I never intended that my foray to the club to be in isolation.

“All of the staff at the RFL are encouraged to get involved with their local community clubs and I don’t live too far away from Buxton and I therefore contacted Roy to ask if I could be of service in any way.”

Bulls, who play in the Midlands Premier, were presented with an England shirt signed by Warrington Wolves international Chris Hill.

Belton added: “I was brought up in Warrington so rugby wasn’t optional. I was once threatened with expulsion from my grammar school for getting a petition together to play rugby league rather than union.”

The committee will meet once a month in the evening. All those interested can contact Roy Belton on 07989 180 805 or email roykbelton@sky.com.