Today (12 February 2013) marks 100 days to go until the Union Cup. To mark this occasion, we have launched our new recruitment campaign for players, supporters and volunteers. Posters will be on diplay on venues and businesses across the city. There has never been a better time to join the team, as we are expecting over 20 European gay teams to come to Bristol during the weekend of 23-26 May for the 5th Union Cup.
February is also our birthday month. Bisons were set up in 2005 so we are eight years young this month. We are currently hosting a series of celebratory event to mark this occasion.
We are having a celebratory pub crawl taking place on Saturday 16 February in the Old Market area. More information about this event can be found on the facebook event page: http://on.fb.me/14QPuMX
We are having two open day sessions for prospective members on Sunday 17 February and 3 March. Meet at 2 o clock by the Watertower in Durdham downs. It promises to be a day of fun with a bit of basic skills training, touch rugby and an opportunity to meet the team. Or you can always join us for our regular training sessions on Thursdays at Cotham Park RFC.
We are delighted to announce that Bristol Bisons RFC has been shortlisted for the Best Community Group of the year in the ShoutOut listeners awards.
The club was launched in 2005 and it aims to provide an inclusive and safe environment to promote LGBT partipation in the sport of rugby union. We have come a long way since our first match against London Kings Cross Steelers in 2005.
In 2009, we won the 7s cup in the Union Cup that took place in London. In 2011, we become a member of Gloucestershire Rugby Football Union, reached the 10s final at the Amsterdam Union Cup and we were awarded the 2013 Union Cup bringing together gay teams from across Europe.
In 2012, we narrowly lost to Ottawa Wolves at the Alice Hoagland Tribute Cup Consolation final that was part of the Bingham Cup tournament (the gay rugby world cup) that took place in Manchester. The Union Cup and other club memorabilia were part of the Urban Sport exhibition that took place during the summer at the M-Shed. We also received an RFU Regional President's XV award for our social media campaign in attracting more players and volunteers.
In February 2013, we will be celebrating eight years of being a proud part of the Bristol LGBT community. If you want to vote for us as the Best Community Group, please visit http://www.shoutoutbristol.org.uk/awards/2013
Looking to combat those January post-festive blues?
You too can own one of the amazing new Bristol Bisons Charity 2013 Calendars. Sold in aid of Bristol Bisons and THT (Terrence Higgins Trust) HIV/AIDS charity.
Featuring 12 months of fine rugger buggers in all their glory, which month will feature you favourite Bison?
Available on the Union Cup online shop: http://bit.ly/Vlpzvt
Happy new year to all our players, supporters, volunteers and their loved ones. 2013 is promising to be an exciting year for the team.
On 23-26 May 2013 , we will be hosting the 5th edition of the Union Cup. The Union Cup brings together teams from across Europe. We are expecting 16 teams with over 400 players and supporters.
This is an event not to be missed. Registration is now open, and you can find out more about the tournament on http://www.unioncup.com
Make sure you register by 28th February 2013 to take advantage of the early bird discounted registration rates.
Win, lose or draw.. .Be there!