BRADFORD Bulls fan and Sainsbury’s Brighouse manager Colin Meah had a visit from four of the players to launch the store’s Active Kids scheme from next Wednesday and Sport Relief from February 23, writes Emily Anderson.
Bulls commercial manager Debbie Charlton accompanied Jarrod Sammut, Luke Gale, Elliot Whitehead and John Bateman to meet up with season ticket holder Colin and two members of his staff, Ben Taphouse and Sue Wanklyn, who are keen fans of the Odsal-based Super League club.
Bateman, whose grandfather Paul Sutcliffe played for Great Britain’s amateur team, Siddal, Halifax and Keighley, was nursing a hyper-tension elbow injury received in Sunday’s home game with Catalans Dragons.
“He received a right old clattering in a tackle to get that injury,” said Colin, whose elder daughter Rebecca got the family into watching the Bulls some 18 years ago.
“Now we all go along with Rebecca, my wife Susan, who is a community midwife, and younger daughter Rochelle who is studying zoology at Hull University.
“We also like to take in as many away matches as we can and Sky Sports is a great friend to have to keep up with the rest of the league action.
Colin, 50, back at Brighouse for the past six months in his second stint as manager, after being at the Market Street branch in Huddersfield and Oldham in a 30-year career so far with the chain, came into the sporting world via karate.
In 1978 the Queensbury resident was British karate champion and was runner-up that year in the European Cup championships.
Colin is now hoping to encourage massive participation in the Active Kids scheme.
He is urging schools and nursery schools to enter and vouchers will be handed out at the tills and then available to be redeemed for sports equipment.
Along with Kath Smith, his events co-ordinator at the store, he intends to record figures for Sports Relief from February 23, to February 26.
“Ahead of that we are having a Zumba demonstration on February 18 in the entrance foyer and then a rowing machine will be there for the staff to do a sponsored row for the 200 miles to head office in London.
“Plus, we will have a store tombola, visits from Bullman and staff at Odsal and chances to win tickets for a home game.
“I am fortunate in having a good community-based staff at Sainsbury’s Brighouse, and they want to be doing things for the whole town and also those less fortunate,” he said.
Debbie Charlton added: ”We were only too pleased to pop down and support Colin for his launch knowing his family commitment to the Bulls and also his total community spirit.
“We will be making regular visits to the store and also handing out flyers to encourage more support of our club.”