The rivalry between leading South West businesses is set to take on new twists and turns in a bigger than ever Bristol Bears Community Foundation tag rugby tournament, sponsored by Paramount.

Teams of men and women from across the business community will be swapping the workplace for the rugby field to raise money for the foundation which supports local communities in and around Bristol.

Over the next few months 36 teams from across the property and construction, finance and legal, and business service sectors will be lining up to do battle under the floodlights of the Bears’ Ashton Gate home when the seven-a-side competition kicks off in March at Lockleaze Sports Centre.

Bristol Bears Community Foundation Development Manager Craig Capel said: “The money raised by our friends in the business world will support the valuable work we do across communities in the South West. This popular tournament is designed to be fun and inclusive first and foremost, but with a competitive edge and we’re hoping that companies across the South West will join us to raise vital funds for a great cause.

“Every penny raised will help us make sure that the power of rugby is used to support the most disadvantaged members of our communities and engage children from the age of five to people as old as 103.”

We’re inviting you to sign up now for the tournament heats, which will take place over three days at Lockleaze Sports Centre before the final’s day at Ashton Gate.

Sulli Gardner, Business Development Manager, said: “There’s a healthy rivalry across the South West business community and we know this will come to the fore in the name of the Bristol Bears Community Foundation.

“Our region is blessed with brilliantly talented business people, and it’ll be great to see them show they can mix brains with brawn on a top sporting stage once the tournament gets under way. We’re looking forward to a set of fantastic events, suitable for all levels of sporting ability, but also with everyone keen to show off their sporting prowess and to secure local bragging rights.”

Last year’s Paramount Property Tag Rugby Tournament saw 150 players put commercial rivalries to one side to raise £3,000 for the Foundation.

The tournament heats will take place on the following dates:

  • March 16 – Property & Construction
  • March 30 – Legal & Finance
  • April 20 – Business Services
  • May 3 – Finals

If you would like to register your interest please email Sulli Gardner at:

Deadline for entries is February 22nd.