Bristol schoolchildren will get a chance to play Rugby League this week, when Bristol Sonics launch the city’s first ever schools coaching programme. Sonics coaches will teach teenagers the basic skills of the 13-a-side code at three schools starting on Tuesday 16 March, with a five further schools due to take part in the pilot scheme later in the spring.
Bristol Sonics Head Coach Karl Fearnley will head to City Academy in Easton on Tuesday for the first of three coaching sessions at the specialist sports college, before moving on to Brinsham Green School in Yate on Wednesday and The Grange School & Sports Academy, Warmley, on Thursday. It will be the first time that Rugby League will be taught in schools in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, some eight years after the launch of the Sonics, the city’s RL club. Pupils from these three schools, alongside others from the five further schools who will receive specialist coaching in coming weeks, will get a chance to compete against each other at Bristol’s first schools Rugby League Nines competition, which is set to take place at Filton College at the end of April.
Should any of the teenagers involved wish to play more Rugby League over the summer, the Sonics will be running under 13 and under 15s teams from the Aretians RFC base, starting in May. In addition, a ‘