Bristol Bears

  • Bristol To Become Bears

    Bristol Rugby will become the Bristol Bears from June 1st 2018. The recently promoted club claim to have carefully considered how best to shape their long-term future. They hope the new identity will attract a whole new generation of supporters and inspire success on and off the field. Owner, Stephen Lansdown, said: “This is an exciting and major commitment to ensuring the future success of the club. In order to succeed in our mission to “inspire our community through rugby success”, we m...

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  • Both Codes for Butts Park

    Coventry Bears have just secured a new three year stadium contract with partners Coventry RFC at the 3000-seat Butts Park Arena. The agreement sees the Bears secure tenancy up until November 2015, putting the club in a more secure position to try and bring Championship One Rugby League to Coventry and Warwickshire. Coventry Bears club director Alan Robinson commented: “This deal is everything for us as it allows us to build on the solid platform we laid last year with new Coventry fans, sponso...

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  • Bears To Scour Web For Talent

    The Coventry Bears have teamed up with the sports networking site Sportesk.com in an innovative move to recruit new talent for the budding rugby league team. The club will play in the National Conference League this season before making the leap to the Cooperative Championship 1 next season and it is hoping that the site may be able to provide some talented players for both its junior and senior sides as it looks to progress. The networking website works by allowing people to create a profile an...

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  • Coventry Bears To Join Championship One

    The Rugby Football League (RFL) has announced that Coventry Bears will enter rugby league’s semi-professional Kingstone Press Championship One competition in 2015. They were invited to play in the competition at a meeting of the Kingstone Press Championship clubs in Leigh this week. Formed in 1998, Coventry have developed one of the sport's most acclaimed community programmes and will play their home games at the 4,000-capacity Butts Park Arena, which they share with the city's 140-year-old ru...

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  • Bristol Sport To Supply Kit For Hometown Club

    Bristol Rugby have launched their 2014/15 playing kits with the announcment that parent company Bristol Sport will become their new kit and training apparel supplier. Bristol Sport is part of a stable of sports companies owned by billionaire Stephen Lansdown and oversees the commercial interests of affiliated clubs which include Bristol Rugby, Bristol City Football Club, Bristol Academy Women’s Football, Bristol Flyers Basketball and DZ Racing. The company are also managing the rebuild of...

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  • Coventry Bears Not Ready for Semi Pro Game

    There will be no tenth club in Championship One in 2013 after the Northampton Rebels withdrew their bid and the Coventry Bears are not prepared for an immediate step up. New boys, Oxford have also requested not to compete in the Northern Rail Cup, prefering to focus on the challenges of the league in their first year. The RFL has confirmed that it is working with Coventry Bears with a view to the Midlands club entering Championship One in 2014. Coventry had been considered for entry to Rugby Le...

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  • Bristol Sport set up to run City and Rugby

    This is Bristol has reported that a new company has been set up to run both Bristol City Football Club and Bristol Rugby Club. Steve Lansdown - majority shareholder in Bristol City who recently took on ownership of Bristol Rugby - has formed the company, called Bristol Sport Limited (BSL). ​BSL has been formed to oversee the financial and business management of both clubs. The company will be chaired by Martin Griffiths, who will be supported by directors Keith Dawe, Chris Booy and Jon Lansdo...

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  • Bristol stick with Capita Symonds

    Bristol Rugby have announced that the property consultancy firm will continue as the Championship club's main sponsor.A sponsor of the professional rugby union outfit since 2004, Capita Symonds logo will continue to feature on the front of Bristol Rugby's playing shirts for the 2011/12 season.Capita Symonds will also be entitled to brand exposure on banners and signage at the Memorial Stadium, the home of Bristol Rugby Club. Neither parties have released financial details however the deal is bel...

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  • Coventry Aims To Become City Of Rugby

    A new initiative has been launched to establish Coventry as one of the leading cities in the world for rugby as rugby league side Coventry Bears are set to play at the Ricoh Arena for the first time next month. Wasps have revealed that the Bears will play their Kingstone Press League One match against Keighley Cougars at the Ricoh Arena at 3pm on Sunday 8 May in a bid to put rugby league in the Midlands spotlight. The Bears and Wasps have agreed a reduced ticket price of £10 for adults and £5...

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  • Billingham Appointed Bristol Sport CEO

    The company that oversees the commercial operations of Bristol Rugby, Bristol Sport Ltd, has appointed Andrew Billingham as its new CEO. Billingham has been in charge of commercial affairs at Stoke City Football Club for the past six years and oversaw a rise in business revenues from £11 million to £70 million during his time at the Britannia Stadium. He has also worked with the likes of Adidas, Liverpool FC and Birmingham City FC during the course of over 20 years in commercial sport but he...

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