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Quiz Night – Final Round! Tuesday 26th April 2016, Bristol Sports Bar, Ashton Gate, 7.30pm start


The final quiz of the season will take place at the Sports Bar at Ashton Gate on Tuesday 26th April, starting at 7.30pm. We have invited all of the Combination Clubs to take part in this quiz to see how they fare against each other in the brains department!


This will also include a team of Bristol Players and one from the Management. ‘Tiny’ George Campbell will be our genial host once again so please come along and join us for what promises to be another highly amusing evening.


Teams of 4 to 6 persons are invited to take part and it costs £5 per person to enter. You will be able to register your team on the night but if you would like to advise your attendance simply email me at


UPDATE - Online Petition to the RFU to re-instate Automatic Promotion to the AVIVA Premiership


I can confirm that I have received a response to our 350 signature petition from the RFU Chief Executive, Ian Ritchie. In it Ian shares our frustrations, however, he points out that the play-off system is the result of a three way agreement between the RFU, the Championship Clubs and Premiership Rugby. For it to be changed all three bodies would need to agree and there isn’t enough time for this to happen before the end of the season. However, he did undertake to continue to review the situation. As predicted this means that we will, once again, have to go through the pain of the play-offs but hopefully can come out on top this time!


Chairman’s Review - December 2015


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.


So far this season we have continued our Partner Sponsorship of the Academy as Bristol bid to attract and develop the best local talent to grace the Gate. In return for this we continue to be the player sponsor of Callum Sheedy, who has shown his skills in the British and Irish Cup fixtures.


Once again this season’s application process for the Carol Humphreys Memorial Bursary has been a challenging one. In all we had 14 compelling submissions from the lads and after very careful consideration we have decided to award the bursary to two recipients, each getting £500! The lucky young men are Tomi Adegbite, an U16 Back Rower from Bristol Brunel Academy and Charlie Brabham who is another Back Rower from Churchill Academy. More details are available in Mike Hall’s update below.


I will provide an update on Tomi and Charlie’s reaction to getting their awards in the next newsletter when I present them with the big cheques at the London Welsh game on 27th December! In the meantime, on behalf of us all I would like to congratulate Tomi and Charlie on their fine achievements and wihs last years recipient, Alex Walder, the best of luck for his future career. We hope that you enjoy the enclosed card which was printed compliments of Taylor Brothers Printing. Thanks guys.


Seasons Greetings and C’Mon BRIS!


Andrew Humphreys – Chairman


Academy Update


The BRIS Trust Carol Humphreys Annual Performance Bursary has been split into two for 2016 with both recipients receiving £500. The bursary is to contribute towards the players travel, kit, food and other expenses incurred whilst being part of the Bristol Rugby Academy Player Development Group.


Recipient 1 is Tomi Adegbite from Bristol Brunel Academy. Tomi is an U16 back row player who is a powerful ball carrier and dynamic tackler. He has a tireless work rate on the field and is developing into a very able leader. A late comer to the game, Tomi has shown a real desire to improve himself and sets excellent standards in training.


Recipient 2 is Charlie Brabham from Churchill Academy. Charlie is a hard-nosed aggressive back row forward. Although he is currently in the U16 age group, he has already made his debut for Bristol Academy U18’s in the recent victory versus Clifton College 1st XV. Charlie has shown himself to be a great competitor and is developing into a good leader.


2015 recipient Alex Walder has made good progress throughout the year. After being overlooked for the South West U16 team, he made a somewhat surprise appearance for the North of England divisional team at the BMW International Festival at Wellington College Berkshire in April, where he acquitted himself extremely well. He continues to develop into a very capable rugby player equally comfortable at 10, 12 or 15. Injury has curtailed his involvement in the first round of Academy U18’s games, however he made a very good debut for the U18’s in their victory versus Clifton College 1st XV and the coaches look forward to welcoming him back post Xmas.


2015 has seen major restructuring of the Bristol Rugby Academy programmes, with 4 new centres being opened across the city. Numbers have increased from 175 to 400 in the Developing Player Programme (U13’s to U16’s). The Player Development Group (U16 to U18) has also seen a large increase in numbers, with more players having access to quality coaching on a twice weekly basis. The continued support of the BRIS Trust in assisting the Academy to develop the next generation of players is greatly appreciated by all coaches, players and parents involved.


Bristol Schools Rugby Update


This season is the first season that Bristol Schools works in partnership with Bristol Rugby Academy in delivering the County programme.


Fielding 2 squads in the 4 match programme, training sessions have been running at Clifton RFC, Filton and St Bedes School. We will see 46 boys involved in the matches and through the U16 Development Player Programme (DPP) there will be opportunities for boys to join these squads from the DPP centres across the City.


This new structure allows more players than in previous years to have the benefit of experiencing representative rugby, building on the excellent work that is happening in all age groups through the DPP centres – more young players receiving high level coaching.


The U16s have played one warm up game against the Boys Club of Wales that they won 28 – 8 and go into their first county game on the 13th December against Somerset at Filton in a positive mind set (KO – 13.00 and 14.45). This is then followed with matches against Devon on the 17th January at Filton, (KO 13.00 and 14.45), and away to Cornwall on the 24th January and Gloucestershire on the 31st January. On the trip to Cornwall the boys will be travelling down for the weekend and basing themselves at Newquay for the match on Sunday. On the Saturday the 46 boys will be going out on a coasteering activity as a team building activity.