Bulldogs announce profit
Batley Chief Executive Paul Harrison has announced that for the year ending 31st October 2010 the Club has made a trading profit of £32,973 after a small loss in the previous year of £7,257.
He went on to say “This is great news for the Club and on the back of our success in the Northern Rail Cup 2010 it was certainly our year. We now want to build on last season and give our supporters and shareholders something more to cheer about in 2011. Karl and the players cannot wait for the season to start and our Board of Directors are equally enthusiastic about the forthcoming year.”
Chairman of the Club Kevin Nicholas went on to say “Myself and fellow directors have run this Club since 1997 and for us 13 years in charge has been a lucky omen. Everyone who runs a Rugby League Club knows how hard it is but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
"Our aim now is to clear all our debts during 2011 and at last create a sustainable business as a sports venture. As a Club we have completed 130 years of playing rugby at Mount Pleasant, which is another reason to celebrate.
When Wakefield hopefully move to their new ground we will be the oldest ground in Rugby League for which we are proud.
"In difficult financial times last season was remarkable for us both on and off the field and this is a piece of good news in our sport instead of news of Clubs going into administration.
"We are not yet debt free so there is still a lot of hard work to do but we are enthusiastic and facing our shareholders at our AGM will be an absolute pleasure.
"In fact I must say that our profit was in very small part due to our Northern Rail Cup success but largely due to the support of shareholders in particular and supporters in general as well as a lot of hard work from people behind the scenes improving income streams and ensuring that our expenditure is as low as it can be.”
He went on to say, “I would like to thank everyone concerned at the Club for their generosity in terms of money and time.
"Finally, it must be recognised that the RFL have played their part in improving Club finances especially over recent years and but for the economic climate I think Clubs would have been thriving on the back of that, but certainly we are one optimistic Club in these challenging times.”