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SONICS LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE

Bristol Sonics have launched a new website in advance of a series of exciting announcements planned in the coming weeks.

One of a number of improvements to the site is improved integration with Facebook to allow club members and fans to interact. Anyone can now log-in to the Sonics site using their Facebook account to share or comment on stories and photos.

Keep an eye on the site for the breaking news on the Sonics – or better still sign-up for the Sonic Boom newsletter through the website.

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SONICS LOOKING FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS

Bristol Sonics, the West of England’s leading Rugby League club, are looking for new volunteers to help the club’s development and expansion efforts from 2013 onwards.

The Sonics are looking to fill a number of essential roles on the club’s committee and management board. In addition, the club is keen to find volunteers to assist with match day management and junior development throughout the region.

Anyone interested in getting involved with Rugby League in Bristol and South Gloucestershire is urged to attend the club’s Annual General Meeting, which will take place at Clifton RFC, Henbury, this Thursday, 29 November (7.30pm start).
The Annual General Meeting will also cover the Sonics’ ambitious plans for 2013, which include potential inclusion in an exciting new national Rugby League competition and developing close links with professional clubs in the wider region. Interested future fans and volunteers are just as welcome as existing members, fans and players.
Bristol Sonics’ Chairman Phil Cole said: “I’d like to encourage any interested fans and would-be volunteers to attend the AGM if at all possible. We are currently recruiting, not just for volunteer match day roles, but also roles on our management committee. If you think you have the time, skills and passion to get involved in one of Bristol’s most successful sports clubs of recent years, do not hesitate to come along. If you are interested but cannot make the meeting, please get in touch and let us know.”
Interested would-be volunteers can find out more information about the Bristol Sonics at the club’s website, www.bristolsonics.com
Roles up for election from members at the Annual General Meeting include:
  • Chairman
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Marketing & Media Manager
  • Director of Rugby
  • Junior Chairman
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • General Manager
Detailed descriptions of the roles are available on www.bristolsonics.com
For more information and updates please check out the Sonics on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BristolSonicsRL
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WANT TO TRY RUGBY LEAGUE?

The Sonics are looking for new players to bolster both of their open age squads for the 2012 season. Interested players can get in touch by clicking here or simply come along to a pre-season training session (see here for details).2012 will be a big year for the Sonics with the 1st team set to step up a level following their RLC Midlands Premier title last season and the 2nd team aiming to better last season’s 3rd place finish in the RLC West of England Regional division. Full details of the league line-ups will be revealed shortly.

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SONICS TO CELEBRATE HISTORIC SEASON ON 22ND SEPT

As the 2012 season draws to an end Bristol Sonics have announced that they will be holding their End of Season Awards Evening on Saturday 22nd September at Clifton RFC (7:30 – late). Not only will they be celebrating their first season in the national leagues, but September marks 10 years since the foundation of the Sonics at Horts pub in Bristol city centre.Sonics’ Chairman and co-founder Phil Cole has urged former players, supporters and club members from the past 10 years to join in the celebrations. Tickets are

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SONICS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

Bristol Sonics are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help them in the forthcoming summer Rugby League season – the club’s most ambitious to date.Photo: Sonics’ Head Coach Karl Fearnley picking up his National Volunteer award at the Challenge Cup Final in 2010This summer, the Sonics are set to compete in the high profile national Conference League Three for the very first time, making them one of the UK’s leading amateur Rugby League clubs.The Filton-based club now runs two adult ‘open age’ teams, two touch rugby sides and a thriving local junior league, featuring clubs dotted around Bristol and South Gloucestershire.With so many teams under the club’s banner, the Sonics need new volunteers to help them provide the best possible service for both players and spectators. There are a number of positions to be filled, from match day stewards and programme sellers to committee positions and administrators.All new volunteers will be kitted out with a Bristol Sonics polo shirt and will qualify for special offers on away travel and club merchandise.The Sonics have organized a special meeting for anyone interested in volunteering. It will be held on Friday March 30 at The Hill on Cottam Hill, Bristol, starting at 7pm. There will be a chance for local rugby league enthusiasts and potential volunteers to meet players and committee members, and a chance to watch that night’s Super League match on a big screen.Bristol Sonics Chairman Phil Cole said: ‘To date the Sonics has managed to grow to become one of the UK’s leading amateur Rugby League clubs through the hard work and dedication of a group of hard-working volunteers. To keep growing it is essential that we recruit new volunteers.’We are well aware that many people cannot commit too many hours to helping out at a local community-focused sports group, so we have created a number of positions that require small amounts of time and commitment. We will of course welcome anyone who wishes to do more and get more involved, but it doesn’t have to take over your life.’Whether you can spare two hours every few weeks or three or four hours a week, we will welcome you with open arms.’For more details on some of the roles available please click on the file link below:

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SONICS ‘DELIGHTED’ BY INTERNATIONAL RL’S RETURN

Bristol Sonics Chairman Phil Cole has expressed his delight at news that the Rugby League World Cup will be coming to the city in 2013.This morning the Rugby Football League announced that Bristol’s Memorial Stadium, home of Bristol Rovers and Bristol RFC, has been chosen to host a match in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.The group stage game, due to take place in November 2013, will be the first international Rugby League match to take place in Bristol since 1911, when Australia beat The West & Wales 23-3.Phil Cole, Chairman of the South West’s premier community Rugby League club, Bristol Sonics, has called the decision ‘far-sighted’ and ‘a shot in the arm for the sport in the city’.Cole, a Bristol native and Rugby League convert who helped found the Sonics in 2002, said: ‘Everyone at the Bristol Sonics is naturally delighted by this far-sighted decision from the Rugby Football League (RFL) and the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF). As a Bristolian I’m thrilled that the city will play host to a match in such a prestigious global event, and as a Rugby League fan I’m overjoyed that the sport’s premier competition is coming to my city.’This is a shot in the arm for Rugby League in the city. It will give all of us in the community game something to work towards. It’s a huge thing for the sport in the South West.’The success of Bristol’s bid to be one of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup host cities is thanks to the hard work of a consortium including representatives of Bristol Sonics, Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council, Bristol Rovers FC, Bristol City FC, the WESPORT Sports Partnership and Destination Bristol, the city’s tourism marketing body.The city of Bristol stands to

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SONICS TO HOLD AGM ON WEDNESDAY 23RD NOVEMBER 2011

Bristol Sonics are holding their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 23rd November 2011 at Filton College WISE Campus, New Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8LP. The meeting will start at 7pm prompt with all attendees asked to meet in the reception area 5 minutes before.Chairman Phil Cole and Head Coach Karl Fearnley are urging all players, current and potential volunteers, and supporters to attend, describing the AGM as ‘crucial to the club’s plans for the 2012 season.”Last season was undoubtedly our most successful yet with the club making big strides in both the open age and junior game as well as in our off-pitch activities’ said Chairman Cole. ‘But the key to the club’s continued growth will be our ability to recruit and retain the right mix of volunteers to support the various initiatives for 2012 and beyond. We’ve identified and defined a number of roles that need to be filled so we’ll be looking to match volunteers to these roles at the AGM where possible although the door is always open for new volunteers to get involved.’

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JOIN THE SONICS AT WEMBLEY NEXT SATURDAY

Next Saturday (November 5), international Rugby League returns to Wembley Stadium with a double-header of matches from the Gillette Four Nations. First, plucky Wales take on reigning World and 4 Nations champions New Zealand, before the afternoon’s main attraction – a full-blooded encounter between England and arch rivals Australia.

A large party of Bristol Sonics fans, players, friends and relatives will be making the trip to Wembley next Saturday and you can join us. There are a small number of extra tickets and seats on the coach available on a first come, first served basis. The price for a ticket (which includes entrance to both games) and return coach travel will be around

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SONICS CELEBRATIONS SET FOR SATURDAY

The Bristol Sonics 2011 Presentation Night will take place on Saturday 17th September at The Richmond (33 Gordon Road, Clifton, BS8 1AW) from 19:30. Note the change of venue.

The night will be a celebration of everything the club has acheived this year so awards will be presented to players and volunteers from the 1st and 2nd teams, SubSonics Touch Rugby teams, and the club’s junior set-up.

Over 60 tickets have