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Bristol Bears Wheelchair Rugby

Bristol Bears Wheelchair Rugby Club launched in the city in September 2017, following a highly-successful pilot scheme, organised and coordinated by Bristol Rugby Community Foundation.

Bristol Bears – in partnership with Premiership Rugby, Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby and Comic Relief – is based at Ashton Park Sports Centre, with sessions running every Thursday, 8pm-10pm.

Bristol Bears is open to physically disabled men and women over the age of 16, catering for all abilities - from beginners to elite level stars. The club’s junior section trains on Tuesday evenings, 5-7pm.

Bristol Bears
Bristol Bears

"The launch of our wheelchair rugby club really was the realisation of a long-term dream here at Bristol Rugby Community Foundation,” said programme manager, Kris Tavender.

“We began working with Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby two years ago through city-wide schools programming and a hugely successful community pilot for adults – we’ve been developing our provision in partnership with the sport’s national governing body ever since.

“We are very lucky to be working with not only all the incredible specialist schools across Bristol, but also a fantastic group of adults who are challenged by physical disability in their lives. 

“With our new home at Ashton Park Sports Centre our new journey, that of the Bristol Bears, really begins."

For more information, or to get involved, email Kris Tavender (