Community News

The Foundation have recently teamed up with five Wiltshire Secondary Schools to increase participation in girls rugby at Secondary School level.  Yesterday they visited Matravers Schools in Westbury.  The other schools involved are: St Laurence Secondary School (Bradford on Avon), Kingdown Secondary (Warminster), Melksham Oak Community School (Melksham) and St Augustines Secondary School (Trowbridge).  They have all  taken part in the West Wilts Girls Rugby initiative to increase confidence in players and numbers at training sessions. The training sessions move around the schools, with each school hosting one training session and the group of girls meeting once a month.  Coaching is delivered by qualified Bath Rugby Foundation coaches.  The sessions are co-ordinated by Emily Reynolds who is the School Games Organiser for West Wilts Schools Sports Partnership.  The initiation concludes with an event at the Wiltshire Schools Games in July 2012, where all schools will compete. . Read more 

Star players from Aviva Premiership Rugby have joined forces with the NSPCC to help tackle bullying. Read more 

Jimmy Goes Live

3 January 2012

Before Christmas, Jimmy Deane, The Bath Rugby Foundation Manager, went on Frome FM’s Sport Pie to talk about the activities of the Foundation. Read more 

Bath Rugby players visited The Barbara Russell Children’s Unit at Frenchay Hospital last Thursday.  Ben Skirving and Scott Hobson spent time with many of the children in beds on the ward as well as playing a game of mini rugby with some of those recovering. Scott said: “It's been great to see everyone so positive despite the reality that they will more than likely spend Christmas in Hospital.”The players are becoming regular visitors to the Unit, having visited several times this last year.  They look forward to meeting the children and to spreading a bit of cheer.  Earlier in the year Andy Beattie went along and said:  ‘We had a really lovely afternoon.  It is always a humbling experience, but it seems like the kids seem to be doing fantastically well, so really good.  It was brilliant’. Read more 

Monday night, at the Recreation Ground, The Paragon U11’s took on Bath Youth Rugby U11’s as a curtain raiser prior to the Bath United match against Gloucester. Read more 

Past and present players from Bath Rugby's squad have launched an appeal, on behalf of the Bath Rugby Foundation, to raise £50,000 to increase its work with children in the Bath area during 2012.  David Flatman, Danny Grewcock and Matt Perry have pledged their support to help raise funds, deliver projects and promote the Foundation. Read more 

The Bath Rugby Foundation team together with Bath Rugby players were out in Bath again today;  this time at the Royal United Hospital. Read more 

Foundation Festivities

20 December 2011

The Bath Rugby Foundation Team, along with Academy member Joe Buckle,  visited  St Johns Hospital today to deliver their annual Christmas hampers to all the residents – it was quite a challenge!  The Foundation team were dressed as elves with red and green tights and Santa Hats with Jimmy Deane, Foundation Manager dressed as a Christmas Fairy wearing a white tutu and wings!!  They visited Combe Park in Weston followed by a visit to all the residents in various houses across the city.  As the team delivered the hampers, they sang carols and greeted everyone with a hearty ‘Merry Christmas.’As part of their Festivities week, they have also visited Dorothy House and tomorrow will be going to the Children’s Christmas Party at the Royal United Hospital. Read more 

On the 4th December– Premiership Rugby sponsors Aviva and Bath Rugby hosted an Aviva Premiership Rugby transition day with local schoolchildren at Warminster RFC. Read more 

During half time at the Bath Rugby v Sale Sharks match at the Recreation Ground last weekend, four Warminster schools put on a fantastic half time tag display.  The schools New Close Primary, St John’s Primary, Sambourne Primary and Heytesbury Primary all took part in the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme and put on an exciting display that had the crowd cheering an on their feet. There was also a big surprise for the schools when Bath Rugby asked them all to be the guard of honour for the match, which they all thoroughly enjoyed. The Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme is an initiative aimed at introducing over 36,000 young people to the sport through Tag Rugby.  The scheme is run by Premiership Rugby along with the 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs and is expected to involve 600 primary schools, with 1,200 teachers also receiving training. Read more 

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