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Bristol Bears Women

Bristol Bears Women is a top flight women’s rugby club that competes in the Tyrrells Premier 15s. Our vision is to Inspire Our Community Through Rugby Success and we have ambitions of winning the Premier 15s title.

The club also boasts an impressive development side that plays in the Tyrrells Premier 15s Development League.

Bristol Bears Women employ a high calibre of coaching staff, which is led by Head Coach Kim Oliver, as well as Forwards Coach Tom Lindsay and Attack Coach Matt Belbin.

The club’s training base and home venue is Shaftesbury Park, a state of the art facility which is also the home of National League 2 outfit, Dings Crusaders RFC.

The squad boasts a wealth of talent ranging from international stars that have represented England and Wales, Commonwealth Games representatives, age-range internationals as well as BUCS champions, through to a development squad of committed individuals from across the South West.

Players are not only Bristol based, but travel from Exeter, Gloucester, Wales and Swindon to represent Bristol Bears Women.

Bristol Bears Women have developed a close affinity to Bristol Bears men in recent years with Kim Oliver working closely with Director of Rugby, Pat Lam on a shared club vision and philosophy to align the two clubs. This relationship has been enhanced with the recent appointment of Bristol Bears’ front-rower, Tom Lindsay as the club’s Forwards Coach.

The club is supported by a number of brilliant partners such as; front of shirt sponsor Shock Absorber, long-standing partners Astra Security and Thatchers, as well as Blackstar Solutions and Nutrition X who both come onboard ahead of the new 2019/20 campaign.

Bristol Bears Women also strives to help nurture and develop the wealth of rugby talent across the South West through strong partnerships with Exeter University, Bristol University, SGS College and Weston College.

For more information, please visit England Rugby and Premier 15s.

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Find out more about Bristol Bears Women here:

Bristol Bears Women official Facebook page

Bristol Bears Women official Twitter page

Bristol Bears Women action images (courtesy of JMPUK)

Bristol Bears Women Contacts:

Head Coach: Kim Oliver

Club S&C: George Van Klaveren, Gareth Harris and Tom Oglethorpe

CEO and Commercial Manager: Heidi Chapman-Mercer

Club Secretary: Steve Harvey

Finance Administrator - Todd Fuller

Club Media: George West

Ripples: James Hall


Shaftesbury Park, Frenchay Park Road


BS16 1LG

Training times:

Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5pm - 8.30pm