Marketing team hopes to raise Bulldogs’ profile

batley bulldogs v workington town shaun squires is congratulated on his hat-trick
batley bulldogs v workington town shaun squires is congratulated on his hat-trick

A group of volunteers aiming to raise the profile of the Batley Bulldogs has started up.

Thomas Hooley and around nine friends decided to start up a grassroots marketing team after the Bulldogs were not being invited to some of the town’s biggest events.

They go out and speak to members of the public, and have already spent time chatting to people outside Batley’s Tesco and Birstall Retail Park.

Thomas, 22, said: “A group of us got together and decided to get families back to the club.

“We’re trying to get them to come along and offer them a new experience.

“I want to make sure the next generation see the club.

“They have won plenty of trophies and they don’t get the support they deserve.

“It’s a big thing for me, going to see Batley. I know all the team and they are all local lads.

Club mascot Battler the Bulldog has also accompanied the marketing team at their events so far.

Batley’s O2 store in Commercial Street are also getting involved and have been holding Bulldogs-themed competitions in the shop – with more to come.

“We all walk down together,” said Tom. “There’s a few young guys and a few older guys.”

They will next to speaking to shoppers outside at Birstall Retail Park on March 14.

Thomas is the son of Bulldogs equipment manager Jonathan Hooley.

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