About Community Foundation

Bristol Bears Community Foundation is the club's award-winning charity, delivering programmes that are proven to change the lives of people across the region.

The registered charity – led by community development manager, Craig Capel - works with over 10,000 people from the local community each year and is regularly recognised for its work on a national scale, winning ten Parliamentary Awards since 2008.

In 2017, Spectrum Project programme manager, Kris Tavender was named Community Coach of the Year at the Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Awards, while in 2016, the Foundation was shortlisted for several national awards, winning two – with the Eagle Project scooping the Premiership Rugby Parliamentary PLAY Award and Springfield Academy in Calne winning Best Team Moment at the Dallaglio Foundation’s RugbyWorks Awards.

Elsewhere, the Foundation’s Spectrum Project was highly commended in the Premiership Rugby Parliamentary BREAKTHRU Award – as was volunteer Nino Genua, in the Volunteer of the Year category.

Through the power of sport, the Foundation aims to inspire every young and older person it works with, helping them to unlock their potential. 

The charity benefits tremendously from its well-established relationship with the club, its staff and players. The ‘influence’ community coaches have on the people they work with is supported further by the fantastic ‘role models’ on offer amongst the players and staff.