Bristol Together Championships

Bristol Together Championships

Creating an inclusive and fair City

Launched in 2012, the Bristol Together Championships programme brings together year 5 children from Bristol schools in areas diverse in ethnicity, race, class, faith, and geography to connect and build friendships across perceived divides.

Children to Bordeaux
Bristol Together Championships
QE Hill. Bristol Together Championships focuses on building a tolerant and inclusive City by twinning primary schools from very different demographics – Dougie Allward/Studio Duo

How it supports the young people

It unlocks the young people’s passions and talents and helps them to grow in confidence and pride in sharing their own stories and experiences of life. 

Through sport, they have the opportunity to develop their resilience, improve their physical and mental wellbeing and develop a range of practical and cognitive skills that will support them for the rest of their lives. 

In a year marked by ever-increasing divides, where physical distancing has been necessary due to the pandemic, young people taking part in this project still have the opportunity to build friendships across cultural and social divides, understand their differing experiences, and increase understanding of one another. 

How it works

  1. Schools matched

    Primary schools are twinned with other schools in Bristol, from communities which are radically different to their own in terms of race, class, or religious background, in a different part of the city.

    Two schools are matched together in the Bristol Together Championships

  2. The twinning of schools

    Each twinning of two schools forms a joint team of five children in Year 5, at least one of whom must be a girl. These pupils are not necessarily the best football players, but those children who would benefit from gaining in confidence, exposure of greater social diversity, and improving their communication skills.

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  3. Kick off

    The team participates in four training sessions, two hosted at each school, before competing at an annual tournament taking place in July.

  4. Bristol 2 Bordeaux

    After the tournament, 20 children from four of the participating schools are then selected to represent Bristol in Bordeaux on a three-day trip as part of the cities’ twinning relationship.

    This is fully funded and will take place in September each year. The young people spend their time being immersed in the city’s culture, meeting children from local schools and participating in fun and meaningful team-building activities. Please click here to listen young people talk about the Bordeaux Trip on BBC Radio Bristol.

Impact of the Bristol Together Championships


Years of the programme


Corporate partners & funders


Young people


Official visits to Bordeaux

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The Bristol Together Championships programme is an experience that will live with our kids forever!  From the top-quality coaching, the specialist integration with other schools and the brilliant football festival.  Everything about this programme is exemplary.  We were fortunate to qualify for the Bordeaux trip.  This was the most incredible adventure, and our kids still talk about it to this day! It was truly life-changing for the kids who were lucky enough to attend and I would implore anyone working in a school environment to get involved and experience it first-hand.

Duncan Butler, PE teacher at Headley Park Primary School

Take a look at the 2019 Bordeaux trip

Listen to Young People talk about the Bordeaux trip on BBC Radio Bristol

Sign up your school

If your school would like to participate in the Bristol Together Championships, please register your interest here. Please note that spaces are limited and operate on a first-come, first-served basis.


By supporting the programme to twin 20 Bristol primary schools from totally different communities to take part in the Bristol Together Championships, you can help break down the barriers that still exist in our city and create an inspiring opportunity for young people.

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