The partnership agreement, signed in January 2013, sees the clubs share players, coaching staff and resources. The two clubs will also work together on marketing, merchandising and player development. As part of the deal, the University of Gloucestershire All Golds’ coaching team will work closely with their Sonics counterparts, sharing ideas and resources for the benefit of both clubs. A number of the Championship One club’s players will also be “dual registered” with the Sonics, allowing them to appear for Bristol during the forthcoming Conference League South season.
The two clubs will also work closely to identify and develop talented young Rugby League players, offering them a platform to progress from the local junior game to the semi-professional ranks via the regional and national amateur leagues.
Bristol Sonics will also display the University of Gloucestershire All Golds’ “golden fern” emblem on the sleeve of their playing shirts this season, and work with the Championship One side on increasing participation in the game at junior, youth and open age level.
The All Golds will be based at and run by the University of Gloucestershire and will also benefit from close links with Super League and World Club champions Leeds Rhinos, who have been active in developing the sport in the South West in recent years.
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