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Joe ‘The King of Southmead’ Joyce and Sam Jeffries – from Academy to First Team – How we did it, Southmead RFC on Wednesday 14th November at 7.30pm


Please put Wednesday 14th November in your diary. We will have the pleasure of Joe Joyce and Sam Jeffries talking about their early rugby career via the Academy and their subsequent breakthrough into the first team.


The talk will take place in the main bar at Southmead Rugby Club and will start at 7.30pm. The full address is:


Southmead RFC Greenway centre

Doncaster Road Southmead

Bristol BS10 5PY


Entrance will be free but we ask that you all take part in a raffle so that we can raise valuable funds enable us to support promising young players. We would like to thank Joe and Sam for giving their time to talk to us and ask that you turn up in good numbers as well. We would also like to thank Southmead RFC for allowing us to use their facilities free of charge.


The evening will be run in a question and answer style, so if you have a question for either Sam, Joe or both of them please email them to by Friday 9th November so that we can compile them ready for the big night!



Chairman’s Review


I am delighted to announce that as Partner Sponsors of the Academy for the new season we have had Aaron Chapman and Jack Capon named as our sponsored players.


Aaron joined the Academy after a successful trial in 2017. Aaron has already scored a try against Bath in last year’s pre-season friendly, which is a good omen. He is a powerful winger with an eye for the try line and represented England at U16 and U18. At 6’1” and weighing in at 93kg’s he is a hard man to stop!


Jack is a product of the Club’s Player Development Group and studied at Bristol Grammar. He is a back rower and at 5’11” weighs in at 94kg! He is currently studying Economics at Exeter University and should feature for the Club either in European or the Premiership Rugby Shield.


We continue to work closely with the Academy to identify promising young players that we can use Trust funds to help further their career. In this newsletter I have included write ups from the two bursary recipients, Owen Summerhayes and Martel Payn. I hope that you enjoy reading this.


After the success of last season’s talks involving past and current players I am in discussions with the Club to secure some more high profile speakers. Watch this space for more details.


Finally, I would like to wish the Club all the best for what promises to be a challenging return to the Premiership. Hopefully, this time we will have a little more firepower!




Andrew Humphreys – Chairman


Academy Update, Mike Hall, 29th August 2018, Clifton RFC, 7.30pm start


Mike Hall will give another inspirational and informative talk about the next generation of Bristol Players. The talk will take place at Clifton Rugby Club in the main bar on Wednesday 29th August. The talk will start at 7.30pm.


Entrance is free but we do ask that you dig deep and buy as many raffle tickets as you can to support future young Bristol players through the BRIS Trust.


We did try and hold the talk at Ashton Gate, however, unfortunately Bristol Sport wanted to charge us £165 for the privilege! So we are extremely grateful to Clifton for hosting the talk for free.


Mike’s talks are always extremely insightful but are rarely well attended. Please turn up in numbers to show your support for the great work that he and his team do.


Trust Bursary Updates

Owen Summerhayes


Owen continues to be a valued member of the Bristol Bears Academy, and we look forward to his continued progress next season. Owen represented the Bristol Schools Rugby Union at Under 15 and played against Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, in addition to playing against Worcester for the Academy. Owen is a back 3 player who has great evasive skills and causes problems for defences with the ball in hand.


Owen is a member of Broad Plain, a club which continues to produce good players and good people.


Martel Payn


Martel is now entering the Under 17s and will be involved in U17 Academy games and will also be encouraged to play for Somerset U17s, having represented both the county and academy at Under 16s. Martel is a back 3 player who has grown in confidence since his involvement in the Academy, and whose performances have reflected that. He has been powerful, quick and evasive in attack and his positioning in both attack and defence have improved immensely, enabling him to be effective in both.


Martel continues to be a member of Minehead Barbarians and we very much look forward to monitoring his progress next season.


The Academy Review 2017/18

Under 15’s and 16’s


These two age groups continue to provide opportunity for players to explore and discover the ingredients of high performance, through county and academy games, and for coaches to gauge progress and assist the players in making the necessary adjustments.


The Under 15’s county campaigns for both Bristol Schools (BSRU) and Somerset (West) saw just over 100 boys from the Bristol programmes pull on a county shirt to play Cornwall, Devon and Somerset (BSRU) and Dorset & Wilts, Devon & Bristol (Somerset W). Both sides played exciting rugby and put in great performances which augured well for the Academy festivals at Cleve and Harrow.


At both the Cleve and Harrow festivals the boys from both counties combined well and showed flair in attack and doggedness in defence in all games. The performances were notable by their intensity and ambition and were arguably the best seen for a number of years.


The Under 16’s county squads had around the same number of Bristol Bears Academy boys as the Under 15’s, from which an Academy squad was chosen to represent Bristol at the Warwick Festival and Wellington week. The performances at Warwick saw an exciting and closely fought game against Wasps, before a disappointingly one sided game against Northampton. Performances at Wellington were variable for the first 3 games (festival format), but with all the uninjured players pulling together for the final game against Yorkshire Carnegie to pull off a memorable performance which deserved more than the drawn result. .




The U18’s made good progress across the season. The highlight of the season was beating local rivals Bath 31-12 in a game in the fog at Bristol Grammar School. Tight fought games against Exeter Chiefs and Harlequins showed the resolve of the squad. It was pleasing to see individuals recognised for their performance levels with international representative opportunities - Will Capon, Blake Boyland and Charlie Powell all represented England, Ioan Lloyd and Charlie Brabham representing Wales and Nathan Chamberlain representing Scotland. Jack Bates (Cleve RFC) has been selected to tour South Africa in August with England U17’s.





To enable us to continue to provide the same level of support that we have traditionally provided to promising young Bristol players, we need you to join the Trust or attend one or more of the talks that we arrange.


You may have received a leaflet from one of us on the way into the Pirates match. Inside you will find an application form. So, either complete this or go to the Trust Literature page and download an application form and complete and post it together with your payment. Alternatively, you can pay via BACS and email your details through to if that’s easier.


The details are Lloyds Bank Sort Code 30-00-01 Account No 02722359 and mark your reference BRISTRUST. Once you have done this please email us your name, address, telephone number and email address to and we will be in touch to provide you with your membership card.


Thank you for your support!