Bristol Ladies Get Behind Impact Rugby Charity
Impact Charity Rugby is back for its fourth year and aims to raise thousands for Jessie May Trust and Children’s Hospice South West. Formed in 2012, by two Bristol Barbarians rugby players, Bob Barnes and Olly Slym, Impact Charity Rugby has raised over £75,000 during the last three seasons for local charities. Impact Charity Rugby is a scheme where around 30 participants, who have either never played rugby or been out of the game for a while, take part in a 10-week training programme.The players will train their rugby skills and fitness twice a week and compete in a full match on Saturday, August 13th (KO 12noon).“It’s been a great opportunity to support two great charities whilst doing something I really enjoy,” said Bristol Ladies player Trish Brown.“Bristol Ladies have been incredibly encouraging and have even organised a social to come and support us on game day.“We have also had two current England players, Amber Reed and Izzy Noel-Smith, come down and coach the ladies.”The program has grown considerably with coverage and support from ITV’s ‘Surprise Surprise’ show, England Rugby, Ben Cohen and former England head coach Stuart Lancaster.“In addition to the ladies putting their bodies through the pain barrier for 10 weeks, they will also be taking part in hospice and family visits, sponsored runs, bucket collections, supermarket bag packing, raffle ticket sales the list goes on,” adds organiser Olly Slym. “People can get involved by coming along on Saturday, August 13th to Bristol Barbarians Rugby Club and enjoy themselves at the family fun day.”Click here to watch a full documentary on the project. For further information head to the Impact Rugby Facebook page.