Summer (April - October)
During the warmer months there are three weekly training sessions. Although the Tuesday and Thursday sessions are aimed at specific teams within the club, other club members regularly turn up to organise their own games or drills alongside.
Tuesday evenings [Second Team/Mixed Teams]: This session is held at Greville Smyth park in Long Ashton, Bristol [directions below]. The session runs from around 6:00pm through until either light fails or fatigue sets in. Sessions are well structured and will generally consist of a warm up run with stretching afterward. This is followed by general fitness and throwing/running drills. The session then moves into structured gameplay. These practices are currently free.
Thursday evenings [Experienced Players]: A first team dedicated session [invite only]. This session is much the same as the Monday session, just up a gear or two! Drills and warm up followed by structured play. These practices are currently free.
Sunday afternoons: We practice on Durdham Down near the water tower [directions below]. The sessions run from around 11:00am onwards. This session is aimed at encouraging beginners and less experienced players, although all levels of player are welcome. These practises are currently free.
Winter (November - March)
Throughout the winter there are three weekly training sessions. Although the Monday and Thursday sessions are aimed at specific teams within the club, other club members regularly turn up to organise their own games, drills, or fitness sessions alongside.
Monday evenings: Aretians RFC. The session starts at 7.30 be there and booted up by then. To get there From Bristol centre: Take the A38 north towards the M5, come off the A38 just after Filton Airfield at the Post office depot. Turn right at the traffic lights onto Gyspy Patch Lane. Go past Rolls Royce and take the left immediately after the railway bridge. Follow this road for about 3/4 mile and Aretians is on the right hand side just after the sports centre. From M5 [heading South]: Take A38 [Junction immediately after M4 interchange] towards Filton. Straight on at Aztec West roundabout continuing on towards Filton. After the pub on the left hand side, there's an exit signposted to 'Patchway Sports/Leisure Centre', take this exit. Note: You are not actually going to the Patchway Sports Centre. At the bottom of the slip road, take a left at the mini roundabout (this is signposted to Aretians RFC) Follow the road round and go straight over the 1st mini-roundabout, then turn right at the 2nd mini roundabout. At end of road turn left. Entrance to Aretians is the first left about 20m down the road. There is a fee for attending these practices, currently around ・ｽ5 with discounts available [your first session is free]. Speak to our pirate treasurer [Sinbad] for details of payment plan options!
Thursday evenings: There is a training session on a floodlit Astroturf pitch in Failand from 8:15 to 10:00pm [directions below]. Aim to arrive for 7.30 - 8.00 for a warm up. Currently the session is aimed mainly at the first team, but many of the second team turn up to run a fitness training with a little bit of 4 or 5 aside if there is space. Sessions are well structured and will generally consist of a warm up run with stretching afterward. This is followed by general fitness and throwing/running drills. There is a fee for attending these practices, currently around ・ｽ5 with discounts available [your first session is free]. Speak to our pirate treasurer [Sinbad] for details of payment plan options!
Sunday afternoons: We practice on Durdham Down near the water tower [directions below]. The sessions run from around 11:00pm through until either light fails or fatigue sets in. These practices are free and are aimed at encouraging beginners and less experienced players, although all levels of player are welcome. Sessions include fitness work, drills and gameplay! Come along and run off that hangover.
Parry's Lane: [Thursday] From the top of Blackboy Hill turn right instead of straight on towards the water tower. Then take the next left (A4018 Westbury Rd - the one that goes to Cribbs Causeway). At the next roundabout turn left - this is Parry's Lane - and head down the hill. When you reach a mini-roundabout, you should be able to see the park on your right.
Failand : [Thursday] This session is held at the 'Firebrands Hockey Club' about 3 miles South West of Bristol in Failand. If you are driving from Bristol cross the Clifton suspension bridge and follow the road along to the traffic lights at the T junction. Turn right and follow the road to the next set of traffic lights. Turn left. Follow this road to the traffic lights at the next junction. Turn left. Follow this road along and after a short distance you will find 'Firebrands' on your left. The pitches should be easy to spot as they are right next to the road and lit by whopping great floodlights!
The Downs: [Sunday] These sessions are held near the water tower [a great big concrete water tower, visible for miles around] at the top of BlackBoy Hill in bristol. The exact location of the pitches may vary, but are always somewhere within sight of the tower. It is easy to park close by.
Greville Smyth: [Thursday] Greville Smyth is an open park situated in Long Ashton, Bristol, just behind the Bristol City Football ground. The park can be accessed directly from Ashton Road which runs off one end of North street in Bedminster. Whilst parking can be a little awkward it is always possible to get a space reasonably close by.
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