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Statement: Bears Women support Rugby Against Racism

Bristol Bears Women wholeheartedly support the Rugby Against Racism campaign and we will take great pride in demonstrating our commitment on Saturday ahead of our fixture against Exeter Chiefs

For the start of each Allianz Premier 15 game, Premier 15s is proud to support the clubs and players as they show respect for black lives and racial equality. Time will be given before games to honour equality, under the banner of Rugby Against Racism.

Ahead of Bears Women’s opening Premier 15s fixture against Exeter Chiefs on Saturday, October 17th, the matchday squad will form a heart shape on the pitch prior to kick-off.

Head Coach Kim Oliver said: “Love is at the heart of the principles and values that make up the Bristol Bears culture.

“We are honoured to represent our team and our city that is unique and multiculturally diverse. The Bristol Bears culture promotes equality and inclusion for all irrespective of your race, creed, socio-economic background or religion."

Simi Pam added: “Racism, micro-aggressions, and racial profiling is something that I have had to navigate through my entire life. Being a black woman means that I am still affected by it to this day, both in my professional life, and on an everyday basis.

“The one place racism has never been an issue for me is in rugby, and at Bristol Bears Women I have found a club who love and accept me wholeheartedly for being me. This club is incredibly inclusive, and I have never felt ostracised because of my race.

“I am proud and honoured to be part of a club who firmly support both the Rugby Against Racism and Black Lives Matter campaigns, and I’m looking forward to continuing to work with the club to make a lasting impact in diversity and accessibility of the sport for women and girls of all ethnicities, both locally and nationally.”

This follows the news that, the RFU announced their commitment to improving Diversity and Inclusion across four key areas of the game: Fans, Followers and Partners; Game Play – Players, Coaches, Match Officials; Staff and Board and Game Administration – Volunteer leaders within Clubs, Constituent Bodies and Council. More information can be found here.


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