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Bedford Blues would like to inform our fans that we have been experiencing some technical issues with our telephone system over the past few days. While the automated service is working as normal, the ability to leave and for us to receive answerphone message is not. 

If you do call the club but are unable to speak with anyone, please do not leave a message when instructed. Instead, drop us an email to info@bedfordrugby.co.uk or try to call back later on.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause and are working with engineers to get this issue rectified as quickly as possible. Thank you.

Congratulations to 18 year old Blues Academy centre, Nico Defeo, who has been invited to the Italian U20 training camp.

Defeo, who captained the Bedford Modern School 1st XV last year, has just completed his "A" levels at BMS, and joins the rest of the Italian U20 squad in a week long training camp in Pisa, Italy.

Blues Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said ..." We are delighted for Nico.  He has been selected for the U20 camp a year early, and the experience training at this level will be good for him."  

Bedford Blues are seeking a Media and Marketing Intern for the 2014/15 season as the club looks to build momentum on and off the field to help improve their communications output.

The role will give the successful applicant the opportunity to work within the professional sporting environment of a Greene King IPA Championship Club for an eight to twelve month period, on a 4 day a week basis including match-days.

The position will give the chosen intern an opportunity to experience life in a fast-moving industry and would ideally suit a student looking to fill a long-term work placement, or a recent graduate looking to break into sports media and marketing.

Bedford Blues are seeking a Strength and Conditioning Intern for the 2014/15 season to work under new department leader Andrew Petts. The role will give the successful applicant the opportunity to work within the professional sporting environment of a Greene King IPA Championship Club.

Purpose of the internship:

(i)    To provide support to the Bedford Blues Strength and Conditioning program, particularly around strength and fitness implementation, data collection, analysis and evaluation.

(ii)    To provide a young (aspiring) Strength and Conditioning Coach with an opportunity to work in and contribute to the performance department of a Championship Rugby Club.

The Blues fixture list is almost complete after the draw to determine which British & Irish Cup Pool the Welsh participant clubs will compete in during was made at a meeting of the Principality Premiership clubs this week.
 
Bedford Blues, Doncaster Knights and Cornish Pirates will be joined in Pool 4 by the winner of the Newport Gwent Dragons regional play-off which will be contested by Bedwas, Cross Keys, Ebbw Vale and Newport on Saturday 30 August and Saturday 6 September.
 

The Blues Academy have announced their fixture list for the 2014/15 season, with what looks to be the strongest set of fixtures for some time.

They kick off the season with a tough opening game, on August 16th,  against the Irish province Leinster, who are preparing for the Irish Inter Provincial competition.  This is followed by a home game against London Scottish, and an away game against Esher U21 at the end of August.  September features four games including Leicester Tigers and a home game against the RAF U23 XV. 

The Blues Academy kicked off their pre-season training programme this week.
 

With over 40 players, 25 of them triallists, the Academy coaching team put them through their paces.
 

Bedford Blues are pleased to announce that Gareth Alred has been appointed as Operations Manager at the Goldington Road club.

Alred, who will replace Andy Irvine from Monday 7th July, has a wealth of Championship Rugby off-field experience having carried out similar roles in Commercial, Marketing and Media positions at both Doncaster Knights and Jersey.

The 25 year-old Welshman also has experience of top flight rugby clubs following an early stint at Newport Gwent Dragons during his university studies, but will arrive in Bedford after a short period with Channel Islands airline, Blue Islands.

The Bedford Blues players returned to pre-season training this week and were immediately put through their paces by new Strength and Conditioning Coach Andrew Petts.

The lads could have been forgiven for thinking that they would be eased back into things but within minutes of introductions the players were being sent on sprints, wrestling one another, taking on the watt bike and putting on the gloves for a boxing challenge – and all of this before a ball was even touched.

Following confirmation of the new structure, the 2014-15 British & Irish Cup fixtures have been unveiled with Bedford Blues finding themselves in Pool Four alongside Cornish Pirates, Doncaster Knights and Wales 1.
 
Played across five pools, each with four teams, the English, Irish and Welsh clubs making up this year's British & Irish Cup will begin the new season campaign during the second weekend of October (10/11/12).

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