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

In recent years, the Academy has gone from strength to strength across its age groups. The U18s won a maiden Academy League title in 2022 and graduates Ioan Lloyd and Callum Sheedy earned senior international honours.

Led by Senior Academy Manager, Gethin Watts and Junior Academy Manager, Gary Townsend, the Bears Academy works with more than 1,000 young players across the region every season.

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 FAQs

Academy FAQs Find out more

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