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GET YOUR TICKET FOR THE SONICS PRESENTATION NIGHT

The Bristol Sonics 2011 Presentation Night will take place on 17th September at Tiki Cocktail Bar and Grill (44 Whiteladies Road) from 19:30.

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.

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SUPPORTERS URGED TO GET ON BOARD WITH THE SONICS THIS SUNDAY

Bristol Sonics will be laying on a 49 seater coach for their national quarter-final clash in Birmingham on Sunday and supporters are urged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.Having won the Midlands Premier title last Saturday the Sonics now enter the quarter finals of the nation-wide Harry Jepson Trophy, the knock-out cup competition for the winners of each of the Rugby League Conference’s eight Premier divisions. They now face a quarter final clash with Accrington and Leyland Lions, the winners of the North West Premier, in Birmingham on Sunday 21 August.Supporters wishing to travel with the Sonics are asked to be at Aretians RFC for 11am on Sunday. The coach will cost

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CLUB TRIP TO INTERNATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE DOUBLE-HEADER

Bristol Sonics are planning a club trip to the Gillette Four Nations International Rugby League double-header at Wembley on November 5, and ticket orders have to be in by Thursday 21st July at 8pm.

The November 5 double-header sees international Rugby League return to Wembley for the first time in a decade. The day features two matches, Wales v New Zealand and England taking on old foes Australia. It promises to be a great day out, so the Sonics are organizing a club trip to take in the action.

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SONICS CHAIRMAN PROMOTES BRISTOL 2013 RL WORLD CUP BID

Bristol Sonics Chairman Phil Cole today urged organizers of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup not to pass up the opportunity to award Bristol the right to host matches in the tournament – and boost Rugby League in the South West in the process.
Talking after welcoming members of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup bid inspection team to Bristol City’s Ashton Gate Stadium on Thursday, Cole explained how hosting matches in the tournament would provide a “huge boost” for Rugby League in the city and the wider region.Bristol-born Cole, who helped set-up the South West’s leading community Rugby League club, Bristol Sonics, in 2002, said: “I can’t stress how much of a boost to the game in the region hosting matches in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup would be. Giving Bristol the opportunity to host International Rugby League would leave a lasting legacy and help us boost the game’s profile and, ultimately, get more youngsters playing the game – not just in the city but throughout the South West.”It would mean a huge amount for volunteers and supporters in the South West to be a part of Rugby League’s biggest global tournament. The game has made huge strides in the region in the last decade, but to really kick on and lay down lasting roots we need the opportunity that the 2013 World Cup would provide to engage with both youngsters and sports enthusiasts. To have international teams playing here would be a dream – not just for myself or the Sonics, but for everyone that cares about the sport in the region.”Directly appealing to the 2013 Rugby League World Cup organizing committee, Cole highlighted the great work that has recently been done in the region, which has resulted in a great increase in player numbers and engagement with youngsters in everywhere from Bristol and South Gloucestershire to Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Devon.Cole said: “Over the last 2 years, we’ve seen a huge increase in interest in the sport and, ultimately, player numbers. At the Sonics alone we now have six junior cluster clubs at U14 level, an U16 side, two open-age adult teams and two social touch rugby teams. We’ve also been working with the RFL to offer coaching in schools, and have run two schools competitions in the last six months. We’re not alone, either – junior coaching is now happening in Swindon, Somerset, Gloucester, Cheltenham and Devon. Filton College now runs an elite Rugby League Academy programme for 16 to 18 year-olds. There are also plenty of armed forces sides in the region, and successful student teams at the University of Gloucestershire, Bristol University, Bath University and Exeter University. These are exciting times for the sport. If the 2013 World Cup came to Bristol it would really help move the game forward here.”Cole was among a delegation of Bristol 2013 RL World Cup Host City Bid Team members who welcomed the Rugby Football League’s inspection committee to the city on Thursday. Other partners in the bid team include Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council, Destination Bristol, Filton College, Westsport, Bristol City FC and Bristol Rovers FC.The 2013 Rugby League World Cup inspection committee will this week visit each city that has bid to host matches in the 2013 tournament, which is being jointly hosted by England and Wales. An announcement on which cities will host matches will be announced in the autumn.

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BRISTOL BIDS TO BRING INTERNATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE TO THE SOUTH WEST

International Rugby League could return to Bristol after 102 years if the city’s bid to host matches in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup is successful.100 years ago this December, Bristol City FC’s Ashton Gate stadium hosted its first and so far only international Rugby League match – a game between the touring Australian Kangaroos and the West & Wales, which the tourists won 23-3.Now a consortium from Bristol, headed by representatives of the growing local Rugby League community, have declared their intention to bid to host matches in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, which is being held in England and Wales.The initiative has come from within the South West Rugby League community, spearheaded by ambitious Bristol Sonics club, and is supported by a wide range of partner businesses, local government agencies and sports organizations in the region.Bristol’s professional football teams, Bristol City and Bristol Rovers, are fully behind the plan, with Bristol City’s new stadium and the Memorial Stadium being considered as potential host venues. Filton College has been put forward as a base for a team training camp.Both Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council have also joined the bid consortium, alongside the WESPORT Sports Partnership and tourism marketing body, Destination Bristol.The announcement of Bristol’s intention to bid to host matches in the 2013 World Cup comes at a time when Rugby League in the city is enjoying rapid growth and a surge in popularity in schools and local community clubs.The city’s leading Rugby League club, Bristol Sonics, begins its ninth summer season on Saturday, 7thMay. The Sonics will this season run two open-age (adult) teams in the Rugby League Conference, as well as six satellite junior clubs dotted around the city.The Sonics have recently announced details of a pioneering partnership with Filton College. The further education institution recently appointed its first Rugby League Academy Coach, former Oxford University and Harlequins youth coach Dan Garbutt, and is partnering with the Sonics to explore the possibility of a professional team in Bristol within the next five years. Filton is already preparing to host the Kenyan Olympic team in 2012 at its state-of-the-art WISE campus, and the Bristol Academy of Sport is the headquarters of both professional basketball and women’s football.Bristol recently hosted the first Southern Counties Rugby League Championship, and last year staged the European Touch Rugby Finals at Filton College. The Bristol 2013 Rugby League World Cup bid is the next step in an ongoing process of attracting high quality sporting events, and in particular Rugby League events, to the city.’This is a fantastic development for the profile of the game in the South West’,said RFL Regional Manager, Joe Catcheside. ‘We already have a growing number of Bristol schools playing rugby league, and the city has one of the largest Touch Rugby competitions in the UK. Bristol Sonics are the most successful club side in this part of the country, and hosting a World Cup match would be a true reflection of the growth of Rugby League as a local sport in the South West’.Bristol Sonics Chairman and founder member Phil Cole, an enthusiastic supporter of both Bristol City FC and international Rugby League, said: ‘It would be a dream come true for me if Bristol City’s new stadium or even the Memorial Ground hosted matches in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. The sport in the city is growing rapidly, and there’s even talk of a professional club one day. League is a sport that’s on the up in the city, and I’m delighted that the Sonics can play a part in trying to bring the sport’s biggest tournament to Bristol.’This is the first time the RFL has used a formal bid process to determine its host venues for a World Cup, and the evaluation is based upon the levels of support and development activity planned in the prospective host cities, as well as a technical consideration of the facilities available.Although there has been no cost involved in bidding for the Rugby League World Cup, successful cities stand to benefit to the tune of several million pounds through ticket sales and sponsorship, increased inward investment in sports development, and through the tourist spend in hotels, bars, and other local attractions.The evaluation process will begin with a site visit towards the end of this month, followed by a consultation period over the summer. If Bristol is successful, the announcement will be made in autumn, and will signal the start of a programme of events and activities to consolidate and develop rugby of all codes and forms right across the city and its wider region.Bristol City Football Club will be announcing its support for the city’s 2013 Rugby League World Cup bid during its final NPower Championship fixture of the season on Saturday 7 May. Please note that a photo opportunity featuring members of the bid team will take place at half time. Any press/photographers wishing to attend should email Pete Smith at Bristol City FC on pete.smith@bcfc.co.uk

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WATCH THE SONICS ON SKY SPORTS

Bristol Sonics were featured on this week’s edition of Sky Sports’ Rugby League magazine show Boots N All, and you can now watch the report online.

Sky Sports’ reporter and commentator Bill Arthur headed to Aretians last Saturday to watch the Sonics’ win over Northampton Demons. While in Bristol. he spoke to Sonics’ Director of Coaching Karl Fearnley and Chairman Phil Cole, visited the Filton College Rugby League Academy, and spoke to Stephen Wray of Bristol City Council about the city’s 2013 RL World Cup host city bid.

The piece, entitled Bristol Aims High, also features footage from the Sonics’ match, including tries from James Gross and a near-try effort from Josh Sampson.

You can watch the ‘Bristol Aims High’ piece here: http://bcove.me/e0e2w8m7

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BRISTOL SONICS TO HOLD ‘VITAL’ AGM

Bristol Sonics will hold their Annual General Meeting (AGM) this Thursday (28th October 2010) at Aretians RFC, Station Road, Little Stoke, Bristol , starting at 7.30pm.

Chairman Phil Cole has urged all supporters, players and would-be volunteers to attend, describing the meeting as “vital for the future of the club”.

Cole said: “I would urge all supporters, players, would-be players and potential volunteers to attend Thursday’s AGM. We have much to discuss after a largely successful year. We have great plans for the club in 2011 and beyond, but we cannot achieve our aims without the backing and support of everyone involved in Rugby League in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. The AGM is vital for the future of club, and I would ask as many people as possible to come along and attend.”

While only paid-up club members can vote on agenda items, Chairman Cole and Head Coach Karl Fearnley welcome opinions and ideas from non-members. Items for discussion on the agenda include Bristol Sonics Academy – the club’s junior section, which launched in April – the future direction of the first and second teams in the RFL’s proposed new Community Game structure, club finances, fundraising, marketing and media.