City quartet attend Trust’s holiday camp

Youngsters receive surprise visit from City players.

Bristol City Community Trust hosted its February half-term football camp at FIVES Soccer Centre, South Bristol Sports Centre last week, with a capacity of 150 youngsters in attendance each day.

Packed with skill sessions, speed guns, target cages and small-sided matches, Lee Tomlin, Josh Brownhill, Hordur Magnusson and Scott Golbourne surprised the participants on Friday as they took time out to visit to the camp.

The coaching sessions took place at South Bristol Sports Centre for just the second time, following on from its recently launched partnership with the club.

“The facilities are unbelievable and to have 150 kids every day just shows how big Bristol is,” said Tomlin.

“I’ve really enjoyed it. You can see how much fun the kids have had and they all want to learn. It’s good for the future of Bristol.”

Community Trust’s head of operations Dan White expressed his gratitude to the players for attending, saying: “I am extremely grateful to the four players for taking the time to come and visit our holiday camps.

“For the children to get the opportunity to play alongside their heroes is something special. All the children and the players left with beaming smiles on their faces.

“Community engagement is vital for the club and these camps demonstrate the club really is based at the heart of the community.

“This is the second time we have delivered our camps at South Bristol Sports Centre and once again it has been hugely successful, both in terms numbers and the standard of delivery.

“Our relationship with the venue is continually strengthening, and we now deliver several sessions at South Bristol Sports Centre each week, for males and females of all ages and abilities.”

The Trust will be hosting a football-fun holiday camp over the Easter holidays. The dates will be released shortly, so keep an eye on the Trust’s website.

To view images from the camp, click here.

Bristol CIty Community Trust half term football camp attended by Lee Tomlin, Josh Brownhill, Hordur Magnuson and Scott Golbourne of Bristol City - Rogan Thomson/JMP - 17/02/2017 - FOOTBALL - South Bristol Sports Centre - Bristol, England.

Charity Golf Day 2017

Help raise funds for BCCT and CHSW.

Bristol City have teamed up with Bristol City Community Trust and Children’s Hospice South West to host a Charity Golf Day at Mendip Spring Golf Club. 

The charitable event will be held on Tuesday, March 21st and supporters will have the unique opportunity to partner members of the first team squad and club legends, whilst raising worthwhile funds.

The format of the day will be a Texas Scramble competition, including nearest to the pin, longest drive and beat the pro challenges.

A team of three can enter the Golf Day for £195, with the fourth member being a City player or club legend. Alternatively, the day will cost for a full team of four £260.

Upon arrival participants will be welcomed with bacon butties and refreshments, whilst an auction and a two-course meal with the players will follow the event, which tees off at midday.

Last year’s Charity Golf Day helped raised over £10,000 for Children’s Hospice South West – the club’s chosen charity for the season.

All the funds raised from this event will be split between Bristol City Community Trust and Children’s Hospice South West, supporting their invaluable work throughout the community.

To register your team, contact Billy Bond on 0117 963 0636 or e-mail billy.bond@bcfc.co.uk.

Bobby Reid and Korey Smith join team West Country Mini Buses as they take part in the Bristol City charity Golf day, in aid of Childrens Hospice South West - Mandatory byline: Rogan Thomson/JMP - 16/03/2016 - GOLF - Henbury Golf Club - Bristol, England - Bristol City Charity Golf Day.

Success in swimming championships for Cooper

Trust’s student achieves personal best.

Over the last two weekends, Bristol City Community Trust’s tennis student India Cooper has been competing in the Somerset ASA County Swimming Championships.

India was extremely successful during the meet, achieving two personal best times to help her finish top of her age group, whilst winning the senior 200m freestyle and 100m backstroke.

In addition to these personal achievements, she secured two bronze medals for her age group and won gold for her club, Street and District SC in the senior 200m Medley relay.

Everyone at the Community Trust would like to take this opportunity to congratulate India on her tremendous achievements.

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Tennis students jet off to Spain

Scholars put through their paces in Soto.

Bristol City Community Trust’s tennis students jetted off to Soto Grande, Spain yesterday for a seven-day training camp.

The tennis scholars’ annual trip to Soto Tennis Academy is a brilliant opportunity for the students to train in an alternate environment, receive coaching from world class trainers, whilst having the chance to develop their independence as they are away from home.

During the camp, students will take part in three grueling training session each day, which encompasses fitness, match play and the technical side of the game.

The aim of the week is to enhance the students’ opportunities once they have graduated from the Trust’s BTEC programme by giving them the chance to make contacts in their preferred industry of work.

Since last year’s trip, student Natalie Hardy has secured paid work throughout the summer at the Spanish Academy.

If you would like more information on the Trust’s post-16 LTA Tennis Coaching Scholarship programme, click here. Alternatively, e-mail emily.cleaves@bcfc.co.uk to register on to the next open evening on Monday, February 27th (7pm) at Ashton Gate.

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EDUCATION OPEN EVENING

Bristol City Community Trust will host an education open evening at Ashton Gate on Monday, February 27th (7pm) in preparation for the 2017/18 academic year.

Through its continual growth in strength and capacity, the Trust now has the appropriate sport structure to enable learners to develop life skills, maximise career choices and opportunities through carefully  designed qualifications, no matter what their academic or practical level.

Such a structure sees the Trust attract and accept a variety of students on to any of the following six courses, which range from post-16 to degree level.

– Level 2 Diploma in Football in Community Settings
– Boys BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Futsal Pathway)
– Girls BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Futsal Pathway)
– LTA BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Tennis)
– Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development
– BA (Hons) Sports Business and Entrepreneurship

The open evening starts at 7pm and will include a welcome talk from the head of education Chris Stenner, followed by a detailed presentation on each of the above courses.

Prospective students will also get the opportunity to talk to the sport lecturers on a one-to-one basis, asking any questions they may have.

With the Trust achieving a 100 per cent pass rate in previous years, it is now recognised as being one of the strongest education providers in the South West.

All of the courses will be delivered at Ashton Gate inside purpose-built classrooms and each programme provides students with a fantastic opportunity to kick-start their career in the sports industry.

Students who complete the courses have a variety of possible exit routes, with the most common being university, job opportunities within Bristol City Football Club or Bristol City Community Trust, American scholarships and apprenticeships.

The Trust’s open evenings always prove popular, so reserve your place as soon as possible by calling 0117 963 0636 or e-mail emily.cleaves@bcfc.co.uk.

For a full description on the available courses, click here.

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CITY DEAF DETERMINED TO LIFT EDC Cup

Bristol City Deaf are determined to go the distance in quest to claim coveted national prize. 

Mark Gill and his Bristol City Deaf FC team-mates believe they have it in them to “go the distance” and atone for their agonising English Deaf Challenge Cup final defeat of 2015.

Two goals in the final five minutes of a draining May showdown with the richly-successful St John’s Deaf at Basingstoke Town’s HQ condemned City to a heartbreaking 2-0 defeat, one they have been eager to rid from their systems ever since.

It’s a case of so far, so good for the Bristol battlers this term, as they not only top the English Deaf Football League table with an unbeaten record to date but are also on course for success in the British Deaf Cup, with a last-eight tie against Barnet (venue TBC) on Sunday, February 26th promising much.

However, it is the England Deaf Challenge Cup which is setting pulses racing once more as City prepare to take on old foes St John’s in the quarter-finals of the tournament a week prior on Sunday, February 19, although where the tie takes place is again subject to confirmation.

Gill and his colleagues are just keen to get stuck into their London-based rivals wherever it may be, while a repeat of the 4-0 home romp over St Albans Deaf in the previous round will do very nicely with another semi-final within tantalising reach.

The player-manager confessed: “Losing to St John’s as we did in the EDF Cup final three seasons ago was absolutely gutting. We knew they were the favourites but we worked so hard for 85 minutes against a team used to winning everything, only to concede those two quick goals.

“We were a relatively new team back then but it showed the potential in us and hopefully we’ll go one step further in the competition this year.

“It won’t be easy; St John’s and Fulham are regarded as the top two sides year on year but if everyone is available for selection, we definitely have it in us to beat them and go the distance this time.”

Bristol City DFC, who play their home fixtures at Stoke Gifford’s WISE Campus, have become accustomed to near misses as they strive to secure some prized silverware for the first time. They did clinch an EDF Cup Plate final prize under their previous banner of Bristol Deaf several years back, a secondary competition for teams who lose their place in the first round of the main event.

The present day City side, formed a few years ago in a tie-up with Bristol City Community Trust, were pipped 5-4 on penalties in spring 2015 by Fulham in the final of the British Deaf Cup Plate, after a hard-fought 1-1 draw had taken the contest into the dreaded shoot-out. Last season also presented a near-miss for Gill’s men, who were edged out of the British Deaf Cup by Glasgow at the semis stage.

“Our average age was 23 and we had only two players over 30, so it was a good achievement,” Gill acknowledged.

“We’ve lost two major finals now but we’ve really improved. Whilst in our early days it was about winning games to build up confidence levels, now we’re all about trying to get our hands on cups, to have the mental strength to turn negatives into positives and enjoy our football.

“The overall progress has been shown by the selection of two of our players for their countries in Jordan Slater, a central midfielder who has succeeded in teaming up with Ireland Deaf FC, and Mitchell Price, a winger from Wales, who has been picked for the Great Britain Deaf squad.”

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MAN v FAT programme gets under way

More than 60 men register for brand new weight loss project.

Bristol City Community Trust launched its MAN v FAT programme at South Bristol Sports Centre last night, with more than 60 people in attendance it follows on from the club’s recent support towards Jamie Oliver’s Sugar Smart campaign. 

The MAN v FAT project is a 14-week programme aimed at men of all ages and physical ability, who are committed to improving their health through weekly involvement in a competitive football league.

Uniquely, the league is not decided just on points won, but also pounds lost, which will be noted at the weekly weigh-in.

To ensure maximum results are achieved with regards to weight loss, each player will be provided with dietary advice, have access to unique resources and have continuous support available to them.

Last night’s introductory session was a chance for participants to meet one another, while their weight and height was noted, so their progress can be closely monitored throughout the project’s duration.

To make the evening more memorable, City defender Scott Golbourne took time out of his schedule to offer nutritional advice to attendees, while posing for photos and signing autographs.

Speaking of the initiative, the Bristolian said: “I think it is a very good project. Following on from the Sugar Smart campaign, it’s another positive programme and something that people can get involved in to improve their standard of health.

“It’s a really good concept and I think it will definitely push people that little bit more to lose a few pounds where they can.

“It’s good to get people out of the house and active. I think there is a lot of criticism these days of too many people watching television, sitting on computers and being couch potatoes.

“This project will help people in getting out and being active on a regular basis and will allow them to meet people in a similar position to themselves, whilst sharing a common goal.”

For more information on this nationwide programme, click here.

A gallery from the event can be viewed on the Trust’s Facebook page.

Bristol CIty Community Trust launch their Man v Fat weight loss programme with an induction evening attended by Scott Golbourne of Bristol City who was present to support the attendees - Rogan Thomson/JMP - 23/01/2017 - FOOTBALL - South Bristol Sports Centre - Bristol, England.

January offer at FIVES Soccer Centre

Special offer available for supporters.

As part of the club’s continued partnership with FIVES Soccer Centre at South Bristol Sports Centre, supporters can take advantage of a January offer.

If supporters enter a team into one of the available football leagues, or if they refer a team they will receive £50.

To sign up, contact enquiries@fivessoccer.co.uk, call 0117 903 8681 or visit www.fivessoccer.co.uk.

Upon registration, supporters will also benefit from:

  • Replay highlights of their game on the website and in the bar
  • 40 minute matches, officiated by FA standard referees
  • Changing and shower facilities
  • Free on-site parking
  • Access to the bar, where HD BT Sport and Sky Sports are installed

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Trust to deliver February half-term camp

Bristol City Community Trust is delighted to announce that it will be delivering a football camp at FIVES Soccer Centre, South Bristol Sports Centre, throughout February half-term.

In partnership with StreetGames and FIVES Soccer centre, the Trust will be host the camp throughout half-term (Monday, February 13th – Friday, February 17th), delivering an action-packed week of football, with the main emphasis on participants having fun.

Each day the camp will run from 10am-2pm, and they are designed to give children aged six-to-11 the opportunity to learn and practise a range of techniques, whilst expressing themselves and making friends in a safe and enjoyable environment.

FA qualified coaches, all of whom have a current DBS and have attached First Aid and Child Protection courses, will deliver the camps, ensuring the highest quality of coaching is experienced.

Prices for the February half-term camp are £10 per day, but if you book for the full five days you will receive a 50 per cent discount and be charged just £25.

Please note there are a limited number of places available for the half-term camps, so youngsters are encouraged to book online as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Community Trust’s head of operations Dan White said: “We received great feedback on our last camps in October and are looking to build on this again in February.

“The days will be packed full of fun activities for the children at the fantastic facility down at South Bristol Sports Centre.

“We have another great offer on, meaning if you book the whole week you pay just £25, so come and join us this half-term!”

Book online now for individual days or the whole week. For more information call 0117 963 0636.

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson and players Scott Golbourne and Diego De Girolamo visit the Bristol CIty Community Trust half term football camp - Rogan Thomson/JMP - 27/10/2016 - FOOTBALL - South Bristol Sports Centre - Bristol, England.

Trust gives student exit route update

Bristol City Community Trust is delighted to announce that its second year students are all securing a range of exit routes in preparation for the conclusion of their respective courses.

To date, 50 per cent of scholars have applied and received offers from universities across the country, with the majority of these applications being for sports related courses at Cardiff, Southampton, Hartbury and Plymouth.

Meanwhile, the remainder of the student cohort are in the process of applying for jobs and apprenticeships, with many of them having already secured employment.

The Trust pride itself in its delivery and giving students the necessary support and encouragement to achieve their desired exit route upon their course completion at Ashton Gate.

Head of education Chris Stenner said: “These figures are all extremely encouraging, particularly at such an early stage.

“Our students have all developed into well-rounded individuals with a wide skill-set and it is of no surprise that they are all receiving offers.

“It is of credit to my staff as they give 100 per cent commitment when assisting our students in submitting their applications and preparing for interviews. It is a fantastic outcome, and one we will continue to build upon.”

If you would like to study with the Trust in September, there is still time to apply. For more information on the available programmes, which range from a Level 2 Diploma to two degree level courses, click here.

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