25 September 2017

IMART 2017 report

Bradford’s Bumble Bee mixed ability rugby team are to attend a civic reception at Bradford Town Hall on 8th November in recognition of their successes at the recent International Mixed Ability Rugby Tournament.  The Tournament was first hosted by Bradford in 2015 when the Bumbles lost in the final to the Irish team Sunday’s Well Rebels.  The 2017 Tournament was a five-day event hosted by the city of Vitoria Gasteiz in Northern Spain and was attended by 12 teams presenting all the six nations, Argentina as well as hosts Spain.

The Bumbles Bees arrived in Spain with a 25 players and facilitators backed up by two physios and 25 helpers and supporters.  Bradford University provided and funded three of their students to join the touring party and provide safeguarding to those players requiring the most assistance off the playing pitch.  The Bumble Bee team is supported by their Charity who raised nearly  £5000 from sponsors and benefactors to cover players transport and team kit.  Despite only winning one of their five matches the Bumbles made many friends and in many regards set the playing standard for other teams to emulate to achieve a very inclusive fully inclusive contact sport. Massive credit is given to their proud coaching team of Dan Cookson, Darryl Wilson Jake Goodwin, and Si Meyers.

The Irish again made the final but lost in hard-fought game to Argentina’s Pumpas.  The Pumpas were crowned winners at the closing event but the other two trophies were both won by the Bumbles. The team were voted by the referees to receive the Spirit of Rugby award for their fair play and sportsmanship.  In the world of mixed ability Sport this award represents the highest of accolades and was received with great applause by the team Captain Stephen Rhodes.  The award for players of the tournament is chosen by all the other teams and was awarded to a very proud “Big” Lee Hainsworth in recognition of his selfless hard running rugby but also for him having shaken hands and introduced himself to every player supporter and official he could find over his five days in Spain.

The attached photo shows Lee on the left being awarded his trophy and Stephen Rhodes on the right with the Spirit of Rugby trophy.  The Spirit of Rugby trophy stands very proudly in the Bumbles trophy cabinet at the Bradford and Bingley rugby club until it is handed back at the 2019 Tournament where ever that may be held.  The Bumbles are already preparing for IMART 2019.

Anyone interested in finding out more about mixed ability rugby in Bradford should contact the team manager Steve Balmforth on 07790 615097. Training is every Saturday morning at Bradford & Bingley RFC, Wagon Lane, Bingley from 11am with matches arranged at least once per month.

25 August 2017

Bumbles win Spirit of Mixed Ability Trophy!!

The Bumble Bees have been awarded the 2017 Spirit of Mixed Ability Rugby Trophy at the 2017 International Mixed Ability Rugby Tournament as the team who best embodied World Rugby's core values of integrity, respect, solidarity, passion, and discipline!

This is the most prestigious acknowledgment at IMART, and it shows the real inclusive ethos which always leads the English Mixed Ability pioneers. 

This is a massive team effort, and we are really proud of what this club continues to achieve! Welcome back home, Spirito of Trophy!

15 February 2017

Next appointmens

Saturday 18th February, 1pm after Bumbles training, meeting about SPAIN TOUR, PLEASE ATTEND!
Parents, carers please attend or send a member of staff to gather information to assist players in making decisions about their likely involvement.

Saturday 25th February, Bumbles v Worcester Wanderers AT HOME. K.O. 2pm, please be at Bradford&Bingley at 12.30. Bring blue shirt, shower kit and money for drinks afterwards.

Saturday 11th March, Bumbles v Skipton AWAY. Meet 12noon at Bradford&Bingley. K.O. 2pm. Bring blue shirt, shower kit and money for drinks.

26 October 2016

Chip n Ern supports the Bumbles!

Massive thank you to Dave Morris and all the patrons of the Chip n Ern in Bingley for their ongoing support of Bumbles Rugby. On Saturday 22nd October prior to the home game against Skipton, Director of Fundraising Anthony Brooke and coach Daniel Cookson received what can only be described as "an enormous bag of cash" over the bar that had been collected on the Bumbles behalf. Once counted up this totaled £235.96.

This will be put towards new tackle bags and pads to be used at training. A special thanks must go out to patron Richard Hart that we know always enthusiastically encourages customers to part with a small amount of their change to have a game of "React" to help our cause. Cheers guys, your help is really appreciated!

27 March 2016

Coming soon....

Morley Select XV v Bumbles match report

20 February 2016

Match Report


A Morley select XV entertained the lads from Bumbles, England’s first mixed ability rugby team. It was a glorious Sunday afternoon in front of an expectant crowd. 

It was indeed a select XV from Morley, including the club chairman, committee member, junior parents, former junior players, former 1st team players, current 1st team players, current 2nd team players, current Saxons players, current VETS players and last but by no means least the current VETS manager. 

The crowd gathered, the sun shone the players were out on the pitch warming up, Well the Bumbles were running through drills whilst Morley just stood around watching!  The referee called the captains to the middle, or did he, no one seems to remember that bit.

Anyway the bumbles kicked off – not quite 10 metres.  There were shouts of “call that a kick” – from the Bumbles own players.  So the first scrum of the day was formed.  There was a bit of the usual chat from the two front rows especially from the Morley hooker reminding Kevin of the repeat fixture last year!  Morley won the ball and broke from the scrum.  The Bumbles, as usual, tackled hard and Morley could not find a way through some stern defence. Eventually handling errors handed the ball to the Bumbles.

Now it was a test for the Morley defence as Lee Hainsworth was on the field and none of the Morley lads fancied tackling him!  The Bumbles ran through their drills and took an early lead.  The game ebbed and flowed from then on with both teams crossing for tries.  No one had an idea of the score at the end of the first 20 minutes. 

Morley restarted the second 20 minute period and put the Bumbles under immense pressure and opened up a two try lead.  The Bumbles weren’t put off by this and bounced back closing the gap.  The end of the second 20 minute period came.

The final 20 minute period got underway and there were some tired legs out on the pitch.  Again both teams managed to cross for ties.  The whistle blew for the end of the game, or was it.  Someone shouted out “fancy another 20 minutes” there was a shout of ‘yes’ from somewhere and there we were playing another 20.

So the final 20 minutes got underway with more big tackles and strong running going in from both sides.  The final whistle eventually went.  “Ref, what was the score” “Very close” the ref said “39-38 to Morley”

Morley therefore got the prestigious trophy to look after for the next 12 months.  At the end of the day it isn’t about the score it’s about both teams taking part in what is becoming a regular fixture in the rugby calendar.

Try Scorers

Morley: Karl Scarth 3, Simon Bradshaw 3, Martyn Stringer

Bumbles: Ryan Kirby, Darryl Wilson, Stephen Rodhes 2, Ahsan Sakandar, Michael Whitaker

Martin Sands, Bumbles captain said “Thank you very much to Morley for hosting us, we would like to have a rematch at our ground to get our trophy back”

Ahsan Sakandar said “It was a very close and tough game.  The most important thing is that we had a good time!”

Paul Wyatt “Morley are a very nice bunch of lads to play, they played a very good game”

Michael Whitaker said “Now we have new friends in Morley”

Tim Calverley, the Morley captain replied “It is absolutely fantastic to see the work put in by the Bumbles and the opportunity they give to these lads.  What a great bunch they are, we really look forward to the rematch”

Mark Earnshaw the Morley chairman “It was a pleasure to host the Bumbles with the game played in excellent spirit.  Well done to all that guys involved and represented both clubs superbly, what an advert for this great game”