The BTRA Sports and Social Club was originally set up for BT Employees in Bristol and was based in a BT Building on Welsh Back, in the centre of the City.
The Club provided a Bar and Function Room, as well as two Skittle alleys and various Sections including Rugby, Football, Fishing, Dance, Badminton and Cricket, among others.
In the late 1990's BT was looking at it's various buildings in the Centre and made a decision to sell off the building that housed the Club, as well as various offices on the other floors.
In order to facilitate this action, BT offered to purchase a new Clubhouse for the BTRA membership.
The premises at Stockwood Lane had become free so the Ground and old Cricket pavilion were purchased and handed over to the BTRA Committee to run for their members – at that time the Football, Rugby and Cricket Sections moved from their current Sports Grounds and started playing at Stockwood.
Since re-locating to our Stockwood site there have been many changes over the years – the original wooden Cricket Pavilion Clubhouse unfortunately caught fire some years ago and was replaced by a new brick building – which has subsequently been extended as the Club has grown – so we now have separate Changing rooms and showers for the players and officials as well as a fully kitted out kitchen along with the Bar and Lounge.
Over the years the various Sections have come to an end leaving just the Rugby and Football Sections and a few social members.
Off the field, the BTRA Committee are responsible for the day to day running of the Club – including ensuring there is a fully stocked Bar through to getting the grass cut and pitches marked, hot water for showers and general upkeep of the grounds and clubhouse and paying all the various bills, allowing the Rugby and Football Committees and members to focus on playing.
On the Field at present the Rugby Section is running one Adult Team on a Saturday in the Somerset II North League and there is a Girls U18 Team and a Pups (Under 8) Group on Sundays.
The Football Section run two teams on a Saturday with the First recently gaining promotion to the Toolstation Wester League and the Reserves playing in the Bristol Suburban League.
Contrary to common misconception, you do NOT have to work or have worked for BT to become a member, and any new members are always welcome so come along and join us!!
The Club has an Adult Team playing in Somerset II North with a Qualified Coach – Training is on Wednesday nights from 19:00 . We also run a Girl’s U18 Team who play on Sunday afternoon and Rugby Pups U8 on Sunday mornings – New Players of all ages and ability welcome.
The Club has two Adult Teams that play Saturday afternoon – the First Team play in the Toolstation Western League First Division and the Reserves play in the Bristol Suburban League Division One.
Old Payer re-union – buffet lunch followed by League action against Barbarians then a few beers to celebrate the Old Man’s 80th Birthday
This season’s captains Day will be on the 14th September featuring League action against Winscombe then BBQ plus live music from Pacific Highway and The Lemon Sharks.
Pre-season Trials match followed by BBQ..
Come along and see a few old faces – buffet lunch followed by First XV in Somerset II North League action against Wells RFC then Six Nations on the TV in the Bar…