With the start of the 2015 amateur Rugby League season fast approaching, Bristol Sonics are encouraging potential players to step forward.
The Sonics begin their Conference League South campaign next Saturday (21st March), with a home game against Nottingham Outlaws at Dings Crusaders’ Landseer Avenue ground.
Buoyed by a new coaching team, spearheaded by the Sonics’ longest-serving player, Dom Swann, the Sonics are keen to expand their player base ahead of a season that lasts until September.
While the first team season begins this weekend, the Sonics also boast an ‘A-side’, which starts its’ West of England League campaign in May. By offering two sides, and performance-based movement between the teams, the Sonics can offer Rugby League to players of any standard, regardless of previous experience in the 13-a-side code.
Dom Swann said: “Rugby League is a terrific, all-action sport and you’ll find the Sonics present squad, staff and supporters very welcoming. Since we launched the club in 2002, we’ve given opportunities to many hundreds of players of different levels of experience. If you want to play a high standard of rugby, our first team in Conference League South is perfect. If you’d rather have a slightly gentler entry point, our ‘A’ side is more of a social side, geared to bringing through younger players, newcomers and older guys.
“We’ve had quite a few players come through our pathway and sign for academy set-ups at semi-professional clubs, or become Kingstone Press Championship 1 regulars, such as Marcus Brooker at Oxford. One of our players, Mike Coady, even signed for Super League side Leeds Rhinos a few years back. If you’re talented and motivated, the links and opportunities are there.
“If you just want to improve your fitness and try your hand at a great sport, we can also accommodate you. If this interests you, get in touch with a member of the coaching team, or come down to training on Monday nights at Dings Crusaders. We start at 7pm and we’ll make you very welcome.”
Swann says training has been going well, but with such a long season, the coaching team would like a larger squad at their disposal. He’s naturally keen to point out that places in both the first and second team will be awarded on merit. He says: “One of our key principals this season is picking on performance, and that means training as well as matches. If you’re keen to have a go, come and train and show us what you can do. We’ll pick you if we think you can do a job. We don’t want favouritism, just the best possible team on the park week in, week out. By training and playing together, we can improve on last season’s results and start climbing the League again.”
Potential players can register their interest and find out more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling Wes on 07730 600 721.
Training takes place on Monday nights at Dings Crusaders RFC, Landseer Avenue, Lockleaze, Bristol – 6.45pm meet for a 7pm start.