Encouraging young people to feel the same way about sport as he does and providing them with focus and the confidence to succeed has long been a passion of Bristol Rugby Community Foundation’s new development manager Craig Capel.
From a young age, rugby has provided him with a wealth of experience and a career working with young people and adults. He has been involved with the Community Foundation since 2009. “I am incredibly excited about the future for both Bristol Rugby Community Foundation and Bristol Rugby Club,” said Capel, a Level Two rugby coach, a Level two trampoline coach and fly-half/full-back with St Mary’s Old Boys.
“Having the opportunity to work alongside great people from both organisations – who understand and recognise the value of our provision across Greater Bristol and the outcomes we can affect – is extremely fulfilling. The Community Foundation ‘wheel of provision’ continues to grow, engaging with more people across our community than we could ever imagine six years ago.
“My role is to continue supporting the development of our community programmes and its staff, while contributing to the Bristol Rugby vision of ‘inspiring the Bristol community through rugby success’.”
Capel succeeds former Bristol and Exeter winger Ben Breeze, who was the chief executive of the Community Foundation when it was founded in 2006 and was then appointed chief community officer of the Bristol Sport Foundation in September 2015. “I would like to thank the trustees of Bristol Rugby Community Foundation for their support and open-minded approach as we reinvented the community offer,” said Breeze, who will now focus on taking the Bristol Sport Foundation to the next level.
“I would also like to thank the board, staff, and players at Bristol Rugby for their help in growing and developing an offer that empowers some of the most disaffected people in our community to make positive and informed choices.”