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  Richard Huish announce link with Bristol Bears  

RICHARD Huish College have just announced an exciting new partnership with Bristol Bears Academy and Bears Women that will enhance the rugby development provision in Taunton and West Somerset.

The partnership will provide pathway opportunities for male and female rugby players across the region and includes ambitious plans for the development of the college’s current rugby facility.

In addition, the Richard Huish programme, led by Director of Rugby Chris Heal will be fully aligned with the Bears programme, structure and vision.

Heal, who is well known in local rugby circles said: This exciting partnership will provide the very best opportunities for student’s to be part of a professional rugby programme and study in one of the best sixth form colleges in the South-West.

“Bristol Bears and Richard Huish College share the same ethos of hard work and building resilience in young people. The partnership will give local talent in Taunton and West Somerset the opportunity to be supported by Bristol and Huish to give them the tools be the very best student and player they can be.”

Senior Academy Manager, Gethin Watts said: “Taunton and the wider area is full of talent and these latest development are an important strategic move in the Bears’ ambition of delivering on their promise of developing more homegrown talent.

Bristol Bears Women CEO Heidi Chapman-Mercer said: “Our new partnership with Richard Huish College will further strengthen our current player pathway across the South West.

“We’re focused on providing the best opportunity for talented girls across the region to transition from grassroots rugby to the Allianz Premier 15s and we firmly believe Richard Huish will add great value to our pathway.”

John Abbott, Chief Executive Officer of Richard Huish Education Group, said: “We are hugely excited about the growing links between Huish and Bristol Bears. Their ambitions for the young people of Somerset and their desire to provide the very best opportunities for them chimes very closely to the Vision and Values of Richard Huish.”

Currently local youngsters who are part of the Bears Academy have to travel to Bristol twice a week.

To find out more about this exciting new development that starts in September 2021 please contact Chris Heal - chrishe@richuish.ac.uk

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