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#21 ShotgunGold

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 12:54 PM

What next for rugby league in Bristol and Gloucestershire/Somerset then WCE?

 

* Bidding for another international match in the next 24 months?

* A new academy for the region/city? (is there one already)

* Perhaps a new amateur club in Bath? A Bristol v Bath derby should be good for locals.

* Or is the aim attendances and coverage for the Sonics? More youth teams?

* Or to try and get more Bristol born players in the Championship 1 (All Golds) and then even into Super League? (Have any Bristolians ever played in SL??)



#22 welshmagpie

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 02:48 PM

Personally I'd love to see an annual test between England and Wales held in Bristol during the summer.

#23 Daltoni

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 03:16 PM

Fantastic story, I hope it's just the beginning for rugby league in Bristol. Would be great if it attracts new kids and adults down to training, in fact if the tournament continues the way it is you would expect an increase in registration. Such a shame more games aren't been shown on the BBC  



#24 goldcoaster

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 03:52 PM

Following the wonderful crowd last night, is there a market for Bristol Sonics to enter Championship 1? I understand the cost outlay for a C1 team is not that high, and if they can capitalise on the interest from last night, it could snowball. 

 

Add to that the fact that the Memorial ground look sideal for Rugby League- and as I understand it, will be without a tenant when Bristol Rovers move. It could be a win-win with a championship 1 Sonics playing out of the Memorial ground.

 

Could it happen? 


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#25 Northern Sol

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 07:53 PM

Bristol Rugby play at the Memorial Ground, it has been their ground since forever.

#26 BBR

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 06:10 AM

Bristol Rugby are moving into Ashton Gate (Bristol City) next season. The football club are moving to a new stadium and The Memorial to be demolished for a new Sainsbury if planning etc all goes according to plan

#27 West Country Eagle

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 10:27 AM

Bristol Rugby are moving into Ashton Gate (Bristol City) next season. The football club are moving to a new stadium and The Memorial to be demolished for a new Sainsbury if planning etc all goes according to plan


This is exactly what's happening.

Realistically we're a long way off having a Championship 1 team in this next of the woods. We really need to strengthen the base - which means a stronger community game, from kids upwards - before anyone starts thinking about a semi-pro side. We've got this far by sensible, sustained development, so this should continue. IT would be nice to think that there may be a time when we can get a Champoionship 1 side in the city, but it's not a priority. Increasing awareness and building playing numbers at a grassroots level is the most pressing thing.
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#28 Jim from Oz

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 12:20 PM

This is exactly what's happening.

Realistically we're a long way off having a Championship 1 team in this next of the woods. We really need to strengthen the base - which means a stronger community game, from kids upwards - before anyone starts thinking about a semi-pro side. We've got this far by sensible, sustained development, so this should continue. IT would be nice to think that there may be a time when we can get a Champoionship 1 side in the city, but it's not a priority. Increasing awareness and building playing numbers at a grassroots level is the most pressing thing.

Great post: slow and SUSTAINABLE development is the ONLY way to develop RL anywhere.

 

Well done to everyone in Bristol: you've done a great job.






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