Ryan Barrow - 2013/14 recipient of the Carol Humphreys Memorial Bursary
I asked Ryan to sum up his fledgling career and to say what the award of the bursary means to him. Here is what he said:
'I began playing Rugby for Cotham Park RFC at the age of 6. My first ever coaches Dez and Jonny told me to lose 2 stone and they would consider moving me from playing Front row to centre. So I went on a diet lost some weight but never did they move me! Apparently I was born for the Front Row! At U13's I transferred to Nailsea & Backwell RFC and still represent the club today.
My former primary school head master, Nick Shopland - who tragically died of a heart attack in 2010 aged 48 - always said that one day I would run out in a Bristol Shirt and I would make him really proud. I wish he had the chance to see me enjoying my rugby today and playing for Bristol at U15's & U16's against the other RFU Academies.
Nailsea & Backwell gave me the chance to have a run out in all positions and I grew to love the game even more. During a game against Old Reds, local Rugby supporter and Bristol Post journalist John White was there and he converted me to Bristol Rugby - I love this man!
It is a privilege to be selected to be the 3rd recipient of this bursary. The financial assistance will help me in purchasing new kit - boots, thermals, trainers, training wear - helping me ensure my diet is of good quality and help assist my Mum in the travel costs we incur travelling to and from all of my rugby commitments. To the BRIS Trust and everyone that enjoys my rugby and supports me, thank you very much.'
Thanks Ryan and good luck!!
Dear Trust Member,
Firstly I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year. I would also like to thank you for your continued support as we continue to support promising young Bristol Players.
These are exciting times for Bristol Rugby as well as being reflective as the club finalise their move to Ashton Gate. I think that you will all agree that we could do with some heart pills in our Christmas stockings to counter the effect of our playing style! If we can stop leaking tries then it should be an exciting and, hopefully, fruitful 2014…
So far this season we have continued our support of the Academy by funding 2 talent scouts and coaches as Bristol bid to attract and develop the best local talent to grace the Memorial Stadium. We have seen last years recipient of the Carol Humphreys Memorial Bursary, Lucas Slowik, make a successful 1st team debut.
In return for our sponsorship the Trust is a Partner Sponsor of the Academy. As well as this we sponsor two great examples of the Academy in Steve Uren and Joe Joyce.
This brings me to this year’s recipient who is Ryan Barrow who is a 16 year old front row forward who plays for Nailsea and Backwell as well as the Academy. Ryan was one of 9 applications for the bursary and I will have the pleasure of presenting him with his bursary early in 2014. I look forward to providing details of Ryan’s progress. Well done Ryan and happy Christmas!!
We hope that you enjoyed the Christmas card which was printed compliments of Taylor Brothers Printing. Thanks guys.
Happy Xmas and C’Mon BRIS!
Andrew Humphreys – Chairman
Ed Morrison, My Career, Wednesday 29th January 2014, 7.30pm, Bristol Room, Memorial Ground
What a way to kick of 2014 as we are delighted to announce that Ed Morrison has kindly agreed to give a talk on the highlights of his illustrious career on 29th January 2014 in the Bristol Room at the Memorial Ground!!
Starting at 7.30pm this promises to be a fascinating talk. Ed is probably the most distinguished referee that the game has ever seen and he is from Bristol! Put this date in your shiny new diary and support the BRIS Trust.
Entrance is free to members and £2 to non-members. There will also be a raffle with some exciting prizes on offer.
U18 Fixtures Announced
We are delighted to announce the following U18 Bristol Rugby Academy Fixtures:
Tuesday 29th Oct: Harlequins (H) - 13.30 Kick Off @ Clifton RFC
Saturday 14th Dec: Exeter Chiefs (A) - 15.30 Kick Off @ Sandy Park
Friday 20th Dec: Bath (H) - 19.00 Kick Off @ Venue TBC
Friday 3rd Jan: Saracens (A) - 13.30 Kick Off @ Allianz Park
Friday 19th Jan: Wasps (A) - 19.45 Kick Off @ Maidenhead RFC
Saturday 18th Jan: L Irish (H) - 14.00 Kick Off @ Filton College
We will update this as and when we are advised of venue confirmations.
Mark Hoskins Remembrance Day Talk, Bristol Players who have served their country, 11/11 at 7.30pm, Bristol Room, Memorial Ground
We are delighted to announce that long serving Club Historian Mark Hoskins will give a talk on the profiles of Bristol players who have served their country during the two world wars, some of whom have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The talk will take place in the Bristol Room at the Memorial Ground on Monday 11th November and will commence at 7.30pm. We will take donations for the Royal British Legion on the night as well as welcoming contributions to the Trust.
'Let us remember them'
Chairman’s Review October 2013
Dear Trust Member
We are a little way into what looks like a very entertaining season at Bristol Rugby Club! And what a fitting style of rugby we are playing in our 125th year.
Well, what a celebration we had on the Club’s Birthday weekend with champagne rugby and loads of former players. Simply brilliant!! By the time that you read this I should have recovered from my time on the pitch against the Bristol Classics. What a privilege it was to line up against those guys and well done to the Clifton Peelers Charity for organising it.
If you have not had the chance to renew your membership then I would urge you to do so as soon as possible so that the Trust can support the various projects that the Trust is being asked to undertake amounting to £4,500 this year. Also, if your standing order has lapsed I would ask that you contact us to either pay by cheque/cash or re-start your standing order.
Mike Hall gave a brilliant talk on 1st October and I would like to thank Mike for an enthralling talk about the development of our young players. Mike has undertaken to provide details of forthcoming Academy match dates and we will publish these in programme notes and on the Trust website, so keep an eye out!
It's that time of year where we award £1,000 to a lucky young player who needs a bit of financial help to aid their development. In the past couple of years we have relied on the recommendation of Mike Hall to give the award. However, this year we are going to invite applications over a 1 month period so that we can widen the net. Details of how to apply will be available from mid-October via the Trust website (www.brist.org.uk) and will close in mid-November. The nominee must already be in the Academy but this allows everyone to apply in a fair and open manner. Good luck to all concerned!
We have lots planned for the season including a talk by the recently retired Ed Morrison on his career in 2014 and a Pub Quiz at the Inn the Green, but this time on a Sunday afternoon. Watch this space for details.
Andrew Humphreys, Chairman