All Aboard For The Bristol Bisons

All Aboard For The Bristol Bisons

FirstBus has been announced as the new sponsor for Bristol Bisons, the South West’s first inclusive and queer friendly rugby team.

Bristol Bisons RFC, the South West’s first all-inclusive and queer friendly rugby team, has found a new sponsor in First Bus in the West of England.

Announced recently at the Bristol Bisons home ground of Clifton RFC, the sponsorship will include seeing the First Bus logo appear on the teams’ brand-new kit from April 2023, plus free bus travel passes to support members being able to get to training and matches.

The new sponsorship will last until at least the end of the 2024/25 rugby season.

Bristol Bisons RFC was formed in 2005 after a few players visited the Bingham Cup – the World Cup of inclusive rugby. The founding members where keen to establish a safe environment for all players regardless of sexual orientation in the South West of the United Kingdom.  and welcomes players (and supporters) of all abilities, backgrounds and sexualities from Bristol, Somerset, South Gloucestershire and the surrounding areas.

Sarah Wallbridge, Head of Marketing at First West of England, said: “The Bristol Bisons represents something so much bigger than rugby, and that is shown through their story, history, and diversity as a team.

“Here at First Bus, inclusivity and support for communities is a key part of our daily work and everything we believe in, so sponsoring a team like the Bisons makes complete sense. We can’t wait to cheer on the team from the sidelines for the rest of this season and see the brand-new kit – with our logo on it – in April.”

Meanwhile, Bristol Bisons Chairperson, Jamie White, said “We’re delighted that First Bus has agreed to come on board and sponsor us for at least the next two years. The support First Bus provide for all groups – including the LGBTQIA+ community – is truly stand-out, and we’re very excited to have their logo across our channels.

“As an amateur and volunteer led rugby team, we rely on the generous support of others to exist as a club and continue to provide a safe space for anyone wanting to meet new people, make new friends and learn a fantastic new skill in rugby. In 2023, the Bisons will be celebrating our 18th birthday, and this new sponsorship will truly help us ahead of our 20th anniversary in 2025. We’ve started the season strong and currently top the IGR Southern Development League, and this news will give us an even bigger boost to make sure we end the season top of table.”

For more information on the Bristol Bisons RFC, including how you can join the team, visit @bisonsrfc on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or email info@bisonsrfc.co.uk

To find out more about the partnership with First Bus visit www.firstbus.co.uk/bisons