Spring is in the air and Bristol Rugby are rampant! Itís been fantastic to watch the playing style develop under Andy and Sean and I hope that they can keep up the good work and deliver a place in the Premiership to us!
At half time of the B&I semi-final against Rotherham on 4th April I will have the pleasure of presenting a cheque for £1,000 to this yearís recipient of the Carol Humphreys Memorial Bursary to Ryan Barrow. Ryan is a 16 year old front row player from Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club who has shown great promise and attitude in the Academy.
Ryan went through a thorough application process last year and we wish him well with his future and hope that the funds help his development as a Bristol Rugby player. This is the 3rd award to be made. Ryan very kindly put a few words together to describe himself and from them I hope that you can see why he deserves it:
'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.'
I am also delighted to see Auguy Slowik doing so well, particularly when he is sponsored by the Trust members.
Finally, I would like to thank Ed Morrison for a fantastic talk which he gave to a packed audience.
Andrew Humphreys Ė Chairman
Quiz Night, The Inn on the Green, 8th April 2014, 7.30pm start
Following last yearís successful Quiz Night the BRIS Trust will be hosting another Quiz Night at The Inn On The Green on Tuesday, 8th April (7.30pm start). The event will see teams of 4-6, including players and management, go head to head in a bid to win some excellent prizes as well as a raffle!
Entrance is £15 per team (four to six maximum). If you would like to enter a team, please do so by choosing a team name and advising the number of members via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please support this event as this is one of our major fund raisers of the year.