BRISTOL RUGBY CLUB KICKS OFF NEW BENCHMARX BRANCH OPENING AND COMMUNITY RUGBY PROGRAMME PARTNERSHIP

Celebrating its latest branch opening, in Bristol, just off Feeder Road, trade only kitchen supplier Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery welcomed two special guests this week in the form of Bristol Rugby Club stars Chris Brooker and Ben Glynn.

The local rugby club players came to officially open the new kitchen showroom and to kick off the new partnership between the club’s community rugby programme and Benchmarx.

Currently ranked second in the Championship table, Bristol Rugby Club is just as committed to helping the local community as it is to winning trophies, with a programme of seasonal training camps now receiving support from the national kitchen supplier. Benchmarx is the lead sponsor of the 'Benchmarx Rugby Academy’; a community focused series of seasonal training camps aimed at children aged between 8 and 11 and 12 and 16 years old with a keen interest in the sport.

The Benchmarx Premier Rugby Academy will involve three camps during the year – taking place over the Christmas, Easter and summer holidays – and will be hosted by the Bristol Rugby Community Foundation (BRFC), providing youngsters with the chance to enhance their rugby skills and to forge friendships with like-minded youths.

Whilst the camps aim to give aspiring stars a stepping stone in the right direction, they also give children whose families may not have the financial means to invest in rugby training programmes, the chance to follow their passion. Benchmarx will be funding and part- funding camp places, to ensure that every child, no matter their background, has the chance to fulfil their potential.

Ben Breeze, Chief Executive Officer of BRCF, and Nick Archer, Assistant Marketing Manager, also attended the celebration with the club players and the branch team, headed up by Paul Mears, Branch Manager. The group toasted to the success of the business in its new location, joining the existing branch in Stoke Gifford, as well as everything the partnership has in store for the months ahead.

The new Feeder Road kitchen showroom joins a network of over 150 branches nationwide, a short time after the opening of the kitchen company’s 150th location in Wokingham in October, and with further expansion plans well underway.

Excited about the new branch opening and its involvement with Bristol Rugby Club, Paul commented: “I’m really looking forward to heading up the new Benchmarx team in Bristol and to welcoming local fitters and customers alike.

“As well as being committed to providing knowledge and assistance to the tradesmen, we are also keen to ingratiate ourselves within the local community and The Benchmarx Premier Rugby Academy will be the perfect opportunity to do this. As a community, Bristol is hugely passionate about rugby, and therefore, I’m sure our team of staff and customers alike will be cheering on the club from the side-lines.”

Aside from rugby training, the children partaking in the programme will also be given the exciting opportunity to participate in the tunnel of honour parade at the last club game before Christmas. This monumental moment will be the highlight of the season for those attending the camps and will see them come out onto the pitch with their favourite Bristol rugby stars at this unforgettable game.

Ben, from the BRCF, is looking forward to Benchmarx’ involvement with the community rugby programme, saying: “As a club we are hugely passionate about giving back to the local community, and we greatly appreciate the unwavering commitment and dedication of our supporters. Therefore, we are truly grateful for Benchmarx’ support and involvement in the community rugby programme and we are certain that this is the start of a great partnership.”

To find out more about Bristol Rugby Club visit www.bristolrugby.co.uk or visit www.bristolrugbycf.co.uk to find out about the Community Foundation.

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