Castleford Tigers stalwart Keith Bullimore has reached a milestone after celebrating 20 years working for the Super League club.
Keith has served the Tigers as a development coach and community development officer for two decades and is one of the most successful school coaches in RL, guiding schools and community teams to a massive 130 trophies. He has reached 22 national finals with boys and girls teams – winning 19.
Keith is still a vital cog in the Tigers community arm, The Tigers Trust, and combines coaching girls teams at Castleford Academy with grass roots work on the Sky Try primary schools programme as well as leading the highly successful touch RL.
Tigers Trust manager Tim Rumford said: “Keith continues to play a huge role in schools and community development in our area.
“He also provides a great source of knowledge for some of the younger members of the community team.
“Keith’s success is not only testament to his ability as a schools coach, but to himself as a person.
“He has a great knack of engaging youngsters and keeping them interested in the game, he also has a strong rapport with parents and teaches due to his affable nature and great sense of humour.
“I’m sure he’s looking forward to another 20 year as part of the Tigers Trust Team!
“Everyone at the club would like to congratulate Keith on reaching this fantastic milestone.”
Tigers chief executive Steve Gill has worked with Keith for many years.
He said: “To reach the 20 year milestone in one job is such a fantastic achievement and one that not many people will ever do.
“We’re so lucky to have had Keith with us for all this time. He’s seen the club go through so many changes throughout the years and during his time here he’s always done a stirling job.
“Keith’s energy and enthusiasm make him the perfect coach, he excels in teaching children, and he’s a great credit to the Tigers Community Trust team.”
Keith can hardly believe where the years have gone.
He said: “I never realised that I had clocked up 20 years.
“Castleford Tigers is a great club and Castleford is best the community to be involved in. I’ve always said I couldn’t do this job anywhere else. The kids, teachers, parents and my colleagues are just great, they make it worth the all the effort!“