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SONICS TO MAKE LANDSEER AVENUE HOME

Bristol Sonics have agreed a deal with Dings Crusaders RFC which will see the latter’s Landseer Avenue ground in Lockleaze become the home of Rugby League in the city for the foreseeable future.

 

All open age and junior training sessions and matches will be held at the ground, starting immediately. Training sessions for the club’s two open age teams will take place on Tuesday and Thursday nights (6.45pm for a 7pm start), beginning today, 22nd April.

 

In addition, the Sonics will work with Dings Crusaders to make Landseer Avenue the focal point of Rugby League in Bristol. This will include hosting regular social events at the ground, increasing branding and working to raise awareness of the sport in the city and the important role the ground plays in the Sonics’ activities.

 

Bristol Sonics Chairman Phil Cole said he was delighted that agreement had been reached to make Landseer Avenue the Sonics’ home base. He said: “We’re thrilled that a deal has been agreed that will see the Sonics calling Landseer Avenue home for the foreseeable future. We have nothing but admiration for Steve Lloyd and all at Dings Crusaders for the way in which they’ve made the Sonics welcome on the previous times we’ve used the ground. We’re positive that securing a lengthy deal to make Landseer Avenue our base will help us push Rugby League forward in the city, following the massive boost given to the game following Bristol’s successful hosting of a 2013 Rugby League World Cup fixture last October.”

 

Bristol Sonics’ Club Captain, Dom Swann, said: “The players enjoyed the experience of playing at Landseer Avenue last season. The place feels like home and we’re positive that we can make it a “fortress”. The ground is easily accessible and has great facilities, so hopefully we can use this to build interest and get more fans supporting us on match days. We’re looking forward to kicking off the season this weekend at our new permanent home.”

 

Bristol Sonics’ first team begin their 2014 Conference League South campaign this Saturday at Landseer Avenue, with a difficult game against 2013 champions and 2014 title favourites Sheffield Hallam Eagles (kick-off 2.30pm).

 

Junior Rugby League will return to Landseer Avenue from Sunday May 11th, with regular training sessions and matches at both Under 14 and Under 16 level. More details will be announced in due course.

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SONICS TO HELP “MAKE SUNDAYS SPECIAL”

Bristol Sonics will be taking to the open, traffic-free streets of Bristol city centre this Sunday (29th September) to offer people of all ages the chance to try touch Rugby League ahead of the arrival of the Rugby League World Cup in the city next month.

 

As part of Bristol City Council’s ongoing “Make Sundays Special” initiative, which offers activities for all the family on the closed-off streets around the Old City area, the Sonics will be holding a free, hour-long introduction to touch Rugby League from 12noon to 1pm in the fenced-off “games area” on Baldwin Street.

Players, coaches and volunteers from the city’s  community Rugby League club will be on hand to school young and old alike in the basics of Rugby League. Children and adults will be given a chance to try their hand at touch Rugby League in a safe environment, right in the heart of Bristol city centre.

 

Sonics players and volunteers will also be helping to spread the word about the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, which begins on Saturday October 26 with a dramatic opening ceremony and double-header of matches featuring England, Australia, Wales and Italy at The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. A few days later, the action moves to Bristol, as the Cook Islands take on the USA at The Memorial Stadium on Wednesday October 30. There will be a Rugby League World Cup information stand on Baldwin Street, where people can find out more about the tournament, the game in Bristol and how to buy tickets.

Bristol Sonics’ captain Dom Swann, the club’s longest-serving player, said: “It’s really exciting to be able to spread the Rugby League message to the people of Bristol as part of Make Sundays Special. It’s a terrific initiative from the Council and a great opportunity to get more people interested in the sport and the Rugby League World Cup, which we’re all thrilled is coming to Bristol. Rugby League is an exciting, fast-paced sport and touch Rugby League offers a great introduction. It can be played by anyone, regardless of age, fitness or ability, and we’re looking forward to getting new people interested in our sport on Sunday.”

Make Sundays Special is one of Bristol City Council’s flagship programmes. One Sunday a month, roads around the Old City (Baldwin Street, Corn St, St Nicholas Street, Small Street and the surrounding area) are closed to motor vehicles but open to the public. The area is then transformed into a bustling carnival of music, entertainment, free activities, sports taster sessions, markets and street vendors. This Sunday, as well as the Sonics’ touch Rugby League sessions, visitors will get a chance to play ping-pong, bike polo and basketball, relax to a wide range of music, test themselves on a pop-up climbing wall, and shop at a bustling street market.

For more information on Make Sundays special, check out www.bristol.gov.uk/sundays. To buy tickets for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, head to www.rlwc2013.com/tickets. If you’d like to learn more about Rugby League in Bristol, point your browser at www.bristolsonics.com.

 

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SONICS JUNIOR SUMMER CAMPS START NEXT WEEK

Bristol Sonics are putting on two free day-long Rugby League summer camps this month, for children aged between 11 and 16 years old (U12 upwards).

The camps, which will offer a mix of team-building exercises, core Rugby League skills, competitive games and top quality coaching from Sonics’ first team stars, take place at Clifton RFC, Henbury, on Tuesday 13th and Tuesday 20th August (9.30am for a 10am start, finish approximately 3pm). The camps will suit both aspiring players and newcomers who want to get a taste of what Rugby League is all about.
The camps are being offered free of charge, and players can just turn up on the morning of each camp and get involved. There will be a number of coaches present, both from the Sonics and partner club University of Gloucestershire All Golds. All coaches hold level 2 qualifications and are fully CRB checked.
For more information on the Sonics’ junior summer camps, players and parents are advised to contact Daniel Brooker by email on brooker20@hotmail.co.uk
Junior Camps
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JUNIOR PRESENTATION AND BBQ THIS SATURDAY

Bristol Sonics are laying on an end-of-season party, barbecue and presentation ceremony for the club’s junior players this Saturday, August 10.

The event, which is free for all Under 14 and Under 16 players, and their families, will take place following the first team’s final home Conference League South fixture of the season, against Nottingham Outlaws, at Clifton RFC.

Players and parents are encouraged to turn up early to watch the club’s senior stars in action. Their game against Nottingham kicks off at 2.30pm. The Junior party, barbecue and presentation will start around 4.15pm.

Before the end of the summer holidays, the Sonics are also putting on two free Rugby League summer camps for players aged between 11 and 16 years old (under 12s-upwards). These will take place at Clifton RFC on Tuesday 13th August and Tuesday 20th August (9.30am for a 10am start). The camps will finish around 3pm in the afternoon and will comprise a mix of team-building exercises, core Rugby League skills and competitive games. There will be a number of coaches present, including Sonics’ first team players. All are Level-2 qualified and CRB checked.

Players don’t need to book their place. If you want to attend, just turn up at Clifton in time for the start of each camp.

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JUNIORS AWAY IN CHELTENHAM THIS SUNDAY

Bristol Sonics’ juniors will travel to Old Patesians in Cheltenham on Sunday (14th July), as they look to record their first wins of the season.

 

The Sonics’ under 14s and under 16s will be in action, facing the same strong Old Pats sides which beat them in Bristol last weekend.

 

Players and parents are asked to meet at Old Patesians’ Everest Road ground, Cheltenham (postcode: GL53 9LG) at 10am, with the first match due to kick off at 10.30am.

 

Directions to Old Pats’ ground are as follows:

 

“Leave M5 at Junction 11a signed Cirencester. Follow dual carriageway to first exit signed A46 Cheltenham/Stroud. Turn left at the end of the slip road, signed Cheltenham. Follow for approximately 2 miles into Shurdington. The Bell Inn is on the left, turn right opposite the pub (signed Leckhampton). Follow road mini roundabout at the end (T Junction), turn right, and after 50 yards turn left (John Wilkins Garage on the corner). Follow the road until the end, turn right and then immediately left into Everest Road. The ground is at the end of the road between two stone pillars.”

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FEAST OF RL IN BRISTOL THIS WEEKEND

Would-be Rugby League fans are being treated to a feast of Rugby League in Bristol this weekend, as the countdown to the city’s involvement in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup intensifies.

Fans keen to get a taste of League before the city hosts a World Cup game between USA and the Cook Islands in October can take in no less than FOUR matches in Bristol this weekend, with games spread over Saturday and Sunday.

 

Both Bristol Sonics’ adult sides will be in action on Saturday at Clifton RFC, Henbury, with the action starting at 1pm as the club’s second team aims to boost their West of England League play-off hopes with a win over local rivals Somerset Vikings.

 

Then, from 2.30pm, the Sonics take on fellow Conference League South title rivals Sheffield Hallam Eagles in a must-win shoot-out for top spot.

 

The Sonics currently sit top of the Conference League South table, one point ahead of pre-season favourites Sheffield Hallam Eagles, a club set up by Sheffield Hallam Eagles and 2012 Kingstone Press Championship winners Sheffield Eagles, and featuring many players from the latter’s “performance pathway”.

 

When the two sides met on the opening day of the season at Don Valley Stadium, home of the Eagles’ professional side and training base for London 2012 Gold medalist Jessica Ennis-Hill, it was the Sonics who prevailed in a high scoring thriller. Yet when the two sides last clashed, at Dings in early June, it was Sheffield who won, battering the home side in another entertaining contest.

 

The two could yet meet in the end-of-season Grand Final at Hemel Stags’ Pennine Way ground in September, but neither side are looking that far ahead. With top spot at stake, both teams will be focused on getting a win on Saturday.

 

Sonics coach Aran Simm, who will be coaching both sides on Saturday due to the absence of Director of Rugby Karl Fearnley, said: “We’ve got a chance to do something very special on Saturday, but it will be incredibly difficult. Sheffield are a top side full of talented young players, some of whom are pressing for selection to the Eagles’ Championship side, which shows their quality. If we win it would be a momentous result. We’ve already beaten them once this season, so we know it can be done. Whatever happens, it should be a superb, high quality, highly intense game of Rugby League.”

 

Simm will have to make do without a string of Sonics’ first team regulars, including captain Dom Swann, prop Daniel Brooker and loose forward Rob Verber. He can welcome back hooker Harry Marson, and hopes to have experienced forward Wes Rodgers available after a short injury lay-off.

 

Bristol Sonics’ Chairman Phil Cole is excited by the prospect of Saturday’s double-header at Clifton. He said: “This is the first, and possibly only, time this season both adult teams will be at home on the same afternoon. With both games meaning a lot to the teams’ league position, we’d love to get a big crowd to support the lads. They’ve been doing great things on the pitch for a while now, so it would be great for the Bristol public to get behind them. Even if you’ve never been to watch a Rugby League match before, we can guarantee you’ll be entertained.”

 

Entrance to Clifton on Saturday is £3, including complimentary, full colour matchday programme.

 

The Rugby League action continues on Sunday, as the Sonics’ juniors face their counterparts from Old Patesians, Cheltenham, at Dings Crusaders RFC, Lockleaze (10.30am start, free entry). The Sonics under 14 and under 16 teams will both be in action, for only their second outing of the season, following games against Aber Valley in Wales last month.

For more information about the Sonics, fans are advised to check out www.bristolsonics.com and www.twitter.com/BristolSonicsRL
SATURDAY 6th JULY
Clifton RFC, Henbury
13.00 – Bristol Sonics ‘A’ v Somerset Vikings (West of England League)
14.30 – Bristol Sonics v Sheffield Hallam Eagles (Conference League South)
Entrance £3 including programme
SUNDAY 7th JULY
Dings Crusaders RFC, Lockleaze
10.30 – Bristol Sonics U16 v Chletenham Old Patesians U16
followed by Bristol Sonics U14 v Cheltenham Old Patesians U14
Free entrance
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SONICS JUNIORS SET FOR 2013 DEBUT

Bristol Sonics’ juniors will play their first matches of the season this Sunday (9 June), as they travel to take on Welsh side Caerphilly at Virginia Park.

 

Both under 14 and under 16 teams will be in action for the first time this year, with the first match kicking off at 11am.

 

Players and parents, who will be required where possible to drive players over to Wales, are asked to meet at Dings Crusaders RFC in Lockleaze, Bristol – the current location for ‘Sonic Youth’ training – at 9am. Alternatively, parents and players can meet the rest of the squad at Virginia Park at 10.15am, in time to get changed and warm-up.

 

Players must be registered with the club and the RFL to play, with forms signed by a parent or guardian. Those who have yet to register will be able to do so on the day.

 

Players are asked to confirm their availability and attendance by emailing juniors@bristolsonics.com, or by contacting coach Dan Brooker directly on brooker20@hotmail.co.uk

 

For those going direct, the address of the ground in Wales is:

 

Caerphilly RFC

Virginia Park

Virginia Close

Caerphilly

CF83 3JA

 

 

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JUNIORS IMPRESS AT TASTER SESSION

Junior players in Bristol got a taste of what’s to come over the summer with a Sonics Rugby League ‘Taster’ session for Under 14’s and Under 16’s on Sunday.

35 players were put through their paces by coaches Dan Brooker, Tristan Moore, Ian ‘Muddy’ Waters and Wijnand ‘Dutchy’ Wormhoudt at Dings Crusaders RFC. The session covered some of the basic skills of rugby league and finished with some game play.

Junior Head Coach Dan Brooker was impressed with both the turnout and the effort put in by the players:  “It was great to see some new players joining those that were involved last year. The quality was good at both age groups and I’m sure we’re in for a successful and enjoyable season.”

U14 and U16 training sessions will continue from Sunday 2nd June (no session next week due to the bank holiday) and will run throughout the summer. A match programme is being developed with other teams from the South West and South Wales and will be announced shortly.

New players are welcome at any time and should turn-up at Dings for a 10:30 start on Sundays. For further information please contact juniors@bristolsonics.com.

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SONICS ANNOUNCE 2013 JUNIOR PROGRAMME

In the build-up to the arrival of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup in Bristol this autumn, Bristol Sonics have announced a full summer programme of junior Rugby League in the city.

The programme features a mix of training sessions and summer camps for under 14s (12-14 years-old) and under 16s (14-16), as well as coaching in four secondary schools around Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

The programme, which is being run in association with the University of Gloucestershire All Golds and Clifton RFC, will begin in May and run until September.

The action begins on Sunday 19th May at Clifton RFC in Henbury (10.30am), with a 90-minute taster session for boys aged between 12 and 16 (Under 14s and Under 16s). The sessions, which will be run by fully qualified and CRB-checked coaches, continue weekly until July and will lead to matches against other teams in the region.

Throughout June, Sonics coaches will also conduct weekly sessions in four secondary schools in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, including John Cabot Academy, which will include coaching for Year 8 and Year 9 girls. The schools programme will culminate with a junior Rugby League festival in the first week of July.

For the first time, the Sonics will also be running a series of extended weekday ‘summer camps’ for U14 and U16 boys during the school holidays. The sessions, which take place at Clifton RFC in Henbury, begin on July 17 and continue until September 4.

Any parents or players interested in playing junior Rugby League in Bristol and South Gloucestershire this summer can find more information and contact details for coaches at www.bristolsonics.com

Q&A

Q: What ages can play junior rugby with the Sonics?

A: The Sonics are running Under 14 and Under 16 age groups. Boys can play “one year up” according to RFL rules so U14s covers anyone in school years 8 and 9, and U16’s covers school years 10 and 11. The longer–term aim is to start an U19’s team but at the moment the only option for anyone aged over 16 is to train with the senior squads.

Q: Do I need to register before coming to a training session?

A: No, a brief registration form will need to be filled in but that can be done when you attend your first training session.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: The cost is £25 for the season which covers a training t-shirt (will be given out as soon as payment received), training costs and match day costs and insurance.

Q: When will matches be held?

A: Matches will be held on Sunday mornings, typically with an 11:00 kick-off. The match schedule for both age groups is being finalised with teams from Gloucestershire, Somerset and South Wales .

Q: Where are training / matches held?

A: Clifton RFC. Directions here: http://www.bristolsonics.com/the-club/find-us/

Q: How are the Club’s coaches qualified?

A: All of the Club’s coaches are qualified through accredited RFL (Rugby Football League) coaching courses to UKCC Level 2. All coaches are also is First aid qualified, have completed the RFL’s Safeguarding and Protecting Children course and are Criminal Records bureau (CRB) checked.

 

Q: What equipment do I need to play Rugby League?

A: For matches a playing shirt will be provided by the club but players should bring suitable rugby shorts and socks. For training children will be expected to wear their own suitable kit, although will be provided with a training shirt.

Rugby / football boots and gum shields should be brought to training and matches. Players can wear padded tops and scrum caps although this is down to personal choice.

 

Q: Do I need to have played Rugby League before?

A: No, full training will be provided.

 

Q: Who can I contact to find out more information?

A: Email juniors@bristolsonics.com and your enquiry will be directed to the correct person.

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JUNIORS SET FOR BIG 2013

The Sonics Junior Committee are finalising plans for the 2013 season and expect to make announcement in early February. Over the past 2 seasons the Sonics Junior section has come on leaps and bounds with the establishment of a Bristol Junior competition at U14 in 2011 and U14 and U16 teams in 2012. This season will the biggest yet with some exciting plans being developed around the Rugby League World Cup which will feature a game at Bristol’s Memorial Stadium.