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New home for Bristol Ladies

24 August 2012

  • Bristol Ladies move to the Portway Rugby Development Centre
  • Premiership side host Community Day to welcome locals to the club
Bristol Ladies and England Women's flanker Izzy Noel-Smith on the charge

Photo: RFU Archive

RFU Women’s Premiership side Bristol Ladies have a new home – the Portway Rugby Development Centre – and they celebrated the move with a bang in August.

Previously housed at nearby Dings Crusaders RFC, the club held a Community Day to let the locals know about their move.

On the day Bristol also took on Cardiff Quins and Hampstead in pre-season friendlies and there was entertainment for the supporters, including a school sports day-style races, team pyramid challenges, face painting, a hog roast and a live band.

With a crowd of local supporters and VIPs in attendance, the club was keen to put on a good show of rugby.

Bristol Ladies' Claire Molloy rises to take a lineout

Photo: RFU Archive

Bristol captain Heidi Chapman-Mercer said: “The day was important for many reasons, but most importantly, establishing ourselves at the Portway within both the local and rugby community.

“This is a really exciting time for Bristol Ladies. The launch day was the start of what we’ve been striving towards for a long time.  It was a very positive day both on and off the pitch and hopefully, it was the start of what will be a fantastic season for us. 

“It was also great to see how impressed both the general public, supporters and opposition teams were with the facilities.”