The Space Program is delighted to sponsor Abbie Ward, co-captain of the Bristol Bears, for the 2023/24 season.
Abbie is a five time Six Nations Grand Slam winner, who has won 61 caps for England. She was part of England’s 2017 and 2020 World Cup squads and was named in World Rugby’s Team of the Season for the past two years. Abbie and her husband, Head Coach, Dave Ward, have recently welcomed their first child. Abbie is keen to normalise motherhood in sport and show that professional athletes can be mums too. You can see Abbie on the Bears website here; Abbie Ward Bristol Bears Rugby
Bristol Bears Women is a top-flight women’s rugby club that competes in the Allianz Premiership Women’s Rugby. Their vision is to inspire their community through rugby success and they have ambitions of winning the league title.
Why we wanted to support the Bristol Bears and Abbie;
Ricky Williams, Managing Director of The Space Program, explains why the company is delighted to support Abbie and the Bears; ” The Bristol Bears Women are an exciting team to support. We, as a company, strongly believe in inclusivity and that opportunities should be open to everyone – in the workplace, on the sports field and in the wider community. In the Bears Women we see a team that’s really making their mark. Abbie is a strong leader with a fantastic track record, and we’re excited to see where she can take the team.”
The Bears play at Ashton Gate, close to our Bristol South Space Program so there’s plenty of space to store their trophy when they bring home the title!
Abbie Ward with The Space Program’s MD, Ricky Williams and Alex Edwards, Swimmer for Down Syndrome GB Team, World Record Holder and Gold Medallist at the recent European Championships, daughter of The Space Program founders, Tim and Hazel Edwards.