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Academy

The Bristol Bears Academy aims to unite and inspire our community through rugby.

Since 2001, forty-two Academy players have featured for Bristol in the top flight and at Championship level, with a number of players representing England at U16, U18 and U20 level. This is a level of success on which the Academy hopes to build in the new era of Bristol Bears.

Current Bears Academy players Will Capon, Charlie Powell, Blake Boyland and Jack Bates have played for England U18s, Charlie Brabham & Ioan Lloyd for Wales U18s, and Nathan Chamberlain for Scotland U18s.

Former Bristol graduates in the England senior squad include Dave Attwood, Ellis Genge and Mako Vunipola while Luke Eves and Callum Braley are former captains of England U20s.

In any one season around 900 players aged U13 to U18 are engaged in the Developing Player Programme (DPP) and Player Development Group (PDG), with regular coaching sessions  around the catchment

In 2011, Mike Hall joined Bristol as Academy Manager. Together with the appointment of former players Sean Marsden and Mark Irish as well as the Coach and Player Development Manager Gary Townsend, the club is ensuring that the stream of homegrown players continues into the future.

The Academy fixture lists are comprehensive and include regular tournaments across the country. With the addition of the A League, the next generation of Bristol Bears players will continue to be exposed to the highest standards of rugby.

Academy structure

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Bristol Bears' Academy aims to provide a stream of players who are able to represent the Club at the highest level of European rugby.


Catchment area

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The Academy catchment now includes North Somerset and everything west of the M5 motorway.

Academy partners

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Bristol Bears Academy are delighted to work in partnership with a number of schools, colleges, universities and businesses around the region

Academy FAQs

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The Bristol Bears Academy aims to unite and inspire the city. See for frequently asked questions about what the Academy can do for you.