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Bears partner with Her Game Too Campaign

Bristol Bears has become the first rugby club in the world to partner with the #HerGameToo campaign, which aims to raise awareness of sexist abuse within sport.

First launched in May 2021, the fan-led, voluntary organisation focuses on ensuring women and girls are welcomed and respected equally within sport.

#HerGameToo was first launched in May 2021 and has already partnered with Bristol City as well as dozens of professional football clubs including Leeds United and Everton.

Whether a player; coach, referee, volunteer, staff member or spectator, Bristol Bears is committed to ensuring a safe and enjoyable environment for our whole community.

Caz May, one of the founders of Her Game Too, said: "We are so excited to take our #HerGameToo campaign into the world of rugby union and to have a club the size of Bristol Bears as our very first official partnership is a huge honour for us. 

“We are aware that the atmosphere for spectators at rugby union games is already very family friendly - so we will be working in partnership with Bristol Bears to mainly focus on other important areas - alongside increasing and encouraging female participation in the game."

Bears Women Board Member and former England international, Sophie Halhead, added: “At Bristol Bears, we believe that rugby is a sport where everyone involved is welcomed and respected equally, so we are delighted to support the #HerGameToo campaign.

“Bristol Bears is committed to ensuring a safe and enjoyable environment; whether on the pitch as a player or official, on the touchline as a coach or medic, behind the scene as a staff member or volunteer, or in the stands as a spectator.

“#HerGameToo has a strong following in other sports such as cricket and football. As the first rugby club to support this campaign, we hope to raise awareness within our game, so that we can continue the campaign's momentum and ensure that rugby is safe and enjoyable for all.”

Vision 

'To inspire the community through rugby success' 

Mission 

Whether a player; coach, referee, volunteer, staff member or spectator, Bristol Bears is committed to ensuring a safe and engaging/enjoyable environment for our whole community, which includes those that identify as women and girls.  

Aims 

  1. Create a working group that represents our whole community, to help Bristol Bears measure and grow our HerGameToostrategy 
  2. To increase visibility and participation provisions of rugby and Bristol Bears within Bristol – if she/they can't see, they can't be
  3. Eradicate and educate online abuse towards Bristol Bears Women's players
  4. Increase fandom of those that identify as female within Bristol

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