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News > IP Performance Sponsor Bristol Sonics ARLFC - Midlands Premier Champions 2011

(This item was first published on the website in 2012)

IP Performance are proud to be the main sponsor of the Bristol Sonics ARLFC, and would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the first team on becoming Midlands Premier Champions 2011.

IP Performance founder and MD Phil Crossley recently received this letter from the Sonics' Head Coach:

"2011 was a fantastic year for Bristol Sonics, and because of your support we were able to continue the success of 2010 and really build the profile of both our club and Rugby League in our city. We would like to thank you for your support last year and we would like to take this opportunity to let you know what your support enabled us to do.

Our success was both on and off the pitch and included the following:

  • The First team becoming Midlands Premier Champions and progressing to the national play offs
  • The first full season for the Second team who competed in the West of England Regional League
  • The first full year for the Bristol Sonics U14's League, a major success which engaged more than 80 new players at U14s
  • A successful start to the U16 Bristol Sonics representative team, playing games against Gloucester and Cheltenham
  • The continued success of the Sub Sonics, our social touch teams who are now a standalone section in their own right
  • Coverage across the national press, including Sky Sports, BBC TV, ITV and regular mentions in the national newspapers including the Telegraph
  • Weekly mentions in the Bristol Evening Post
  • Continued coverage in Rugby League press, including League Express
  • The biggest influx of new players we have ever had in one season

All of this now makes Bristol Sonics one of the most recognised and known brands in amateur rugby league, and we are not going to rest on our laurels. We have already started to support the growth of rugby league in Bristol and the South West by:

  • Providing coaching staff for the U18's programme at Filton Academy
  • Providing coaching staff to Bristol, UWE and Bath university rugby league teams
  • Heading up the student RL programme, providing the Head Coach and also the training facilities
  • Building links to both Leeds Rhinos and Sheffield Eagles, providing outlet for our players and support to our coaching staff

Next year the first team are moving to the National Conference League and will be competing with teams across the country. As well as this we are looking to continue the success of last year with our second team and they will again be competing in the West of England regional league. The junior section will continue to grow and we are planning to run two age groups at each of the six clubs, with two full Bristol representative teams at U14s and U16s.

As well as this the club will be working through 2012 with the RFL to support the 2013 World Cup game, which will be played at the Memorial Stadium in late 2013."

- Karl Fearnely, Head Coach

Bristol Sonics were formed in the autumn of 2002 by a group of rugby league enthusiasts in the city. The club colours of maroon and gold were chosen as a tribute to Bristol's original rugby league club, which ran from the early 1980s to the early 1990s before disbanding. The Sonics name comes from Bristol's links with the development of the Concorde supersonic passenger jet, which was built and tested close to the club's original ground St Brendans Old Boys in Filton.

In August 2010, it was announced that Bristol Sonics head coach Karl Fearnley had been named Coach of the Year at the Rugby Football League's National Volunteer Awards.[

The Sonics are based at Aretians RFC in Little Stoke, just outside Bristol. The Aretians' Clubhouse and Ground are located in South Gloucestershire, just off Junction 16 on the M5, near the Filton Airfield.

The Sonics are always on the lookout for new players, supporters, volunteers, and of course, sponsors! If you'd like to find out more, check out their website here.

IP Performance wish the Bristol Sonics ARLFC all the best success in the coming season.


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