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Touch My Brum returns on Saturday 27 July 2019

The world’s largest inclusive touch rugby tournament “Touch My Brum” has been held by Birmingham Bulls RFC since 2014, just over a year after the Bulls were formed.

2018’s tournament saw over 20 teams compete in the tournament with Calthorpe Cup – Team Ginderella winning the Calthorpe Cup, Loving Life winning the Beorma Shield and The Leeds Hunters winning the Eden tankard.

The Birmingham Bulls are at the forefront of inclusivity in sports which is why Touch My Brum is open to everybody. If you can pick up a ball and run with it, you’re in. They welcome teams of any sexuality, gender, religion, ethnicity or age (over 18yrs)

Touch Rugby is mixed so there is no requirement for teams of a single sex (although teams don’t have to be mixed). You may wish to view their page on Inclusivity and Accessibility here

Ticket sales will open on Tuesday 6 May 2019. If you wish to register your interest early, please e-mail secretary@birmighambullsrfc.com

New Summer Touch Rugby Draft-style Tournament

Pioneers in Inclusive Rugby, The Manchester Village Spartans RUFC, are proud to have teamed up with England Rugby and 02 Touch to launch the UK’s first Draft-Style, one-day, Summer Touch Rugby tournament on Saturday June 1st 2019 at Trafford MV RFCC – a popular Touch Rugby ground in Sale, Manchester.

Supported by England Touch, players aged 18yrs+ of any touch rugby ability can register to go along and play.  You don’t have to be in a team so you can register as individuals or in friendship groups.

This exciting, ultra-sociable and inclusive event is a first of it’s kind for the UK so whether you’re a group of Northwest Blades, a solo Midland Tiger or an 02 Touch Team from Tamworth, everyone’s welcome.

Ben Dawson, 02 Touch Rugby Lead at the Spartans explained, “The easiest way to think of a Summer Touch Rugby Draft Tournament is that it’s like fantasy Football or Fantasy Touch Rugby but it’s played out in real life.”

He continued, “When you book your ticket, we ask you a couple of basic questions about your overall Summer Touch Rugby experience. This gets anonymised and each player is given a “price” that the tournament captains then have to “pay” to assemble their dream teams. They only have set ‘budgets’ so all the captains have to spend wisely and mix their teams up with players of all abilities.”   

This, Ben says, creates really well-mixed teams and he believe will lead to a really social and fun competition where everyone gets to compete fairly for the Cup, learn from one-another and create a really friendly buzz.  He adds, “We’ll try to keep small groups of friends together so if you come down as a duo, you don’t get split up and you can have a really good day meeting new people.”

You can find more information at www.summerdraft.co.uk where you can also buy your Early Bird ticket that includes Lunch for £15pp.

Teams show support for Trans Pride Leeds

The Leeds Hunters and Manchester Village Spartans played against each this weekend for the IGR Northern League.

The teams like many in the IGR around the world, have enjoyed an inclusive sports outlet where anyone can enjoy their love of rugby in a safe space for gay, trans, bi and heterosexual men.

With prominent sports people publicly saying that transgender women competing in women’s sports is not acceptable, the Hunter’s have decided to make a point and invited our brothers at Manchester Village Spartans to take part in a world first for rugby by wearing Trans Pride laces kindly donated by LInclusive Leeds for a rugby match in support of the Hunters’ friends in the Trans Community and by inviting Natasha Handley, organiser of Trans Pride Leeds to the match as an honoured guest in support ahead of their celebrations at the end of this month. Although the flag didn’t fair well in the Yorkshire winds, we hope that these symbolise the winds of change.

The recent comments and debate in the press surrounding trans women have made the Hunters acutely aware that the road to inclusivity is far from over which is why we’ve opted to use this match to shine a light on trans issues and by openly saying that anyone and everyone is welcome to come and play rugby.

Hadrian Cup 2019

The Newcastle Ravens are looking forward to welcoming teams to their Rugby 10’s Competition that takes place on 23rd February this year up at Percy Park RFC. Visit their website at www.hadriancup.co.uk for more details of the ticket packages available for teams that wish to join in or their Facebook Event Page

 

Serpents up against Bognor in Sussex

AWAY MATCH v BOGNOR III

KICK OFF 2:30pm
SUSSEX LEAGUE DIVISION FOUR WEST

Our second of six league matches in Phase 2 of this season is away against Bognor. A tough match last time, we’ll be hoping to improve the scoreline this time!

Join us at Bognor RFC and give us a big cheer. We’ll be back in Brighton in the evening at our sponsors Bar Broadway for some post match drinks.

Previous Results:
05/01/2010: Bognor 68 – 0 Sea Serpents

ABOUT US:
Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents are Sussex’s first fully inclusive rugby club, encouraging gay, bisexual, and trans guys to learn, experience and play rugby in a non judgemental atmosphere. We welcome anyone who shares our vision. Find out more by messaging our facebook page or emailing info@bhssrfc.com

We are the 2018 Bingham Cup Challenger Bowl champions, and have been voted Brighton’s Favourite Sports Group at GScene’s Golden Handbags for the past 2 years.

We are proud to be sponsored by Bar Broadway, and to be members of the Sussex RFU, the RFU and IGR – the body that encourages inclusive rugby around the world.

Spartans & Bulls in England programme

Manchester Village Spartans announced today their pride to be in this coming weekend’s match programme for England v Australia on Saturday along with their brothers in rugby at Birmingham Bulls RFC

Order a copy and check out the edited article here on the RFU website.

Spartans’ Facebook post mentions they’re totally behind the Rainbow Laces – Stonewall campaign and all England Rugby‘s proactive measures to make RFU rugby more #inclusive #rugbyforall#inclusiverugby #gayrugby #02touchrugby #tryforchange#spiritofrugby Spirit Of Rugby IGR

Order the programme directly here

Think rugby isn’t for you? Think again.

Lots of inclusive players felt rugby may not have been for them before they tried.
Some avoided sport – put off by horrible ‘banter’.
Others thought rugby would be just oh, so macho. 
Most had some worries about joining.

Too fat.  Too thin.  Too camp.  Too butch.  Too inexperienced.  Too straight even!

But inclsuive rugby thrives on difference.  
Different shapes and sizes.
Abilities.
Fitness levels. 
Different sexualities.  

So if you’re thinking about losing weight and getting fit….
Want to pick up a rugby ball for the first time or after a break….
Or, you just want to widen your friendship group……

LGBT or straight, tall & thin, short & stocky,
overweight or featherweight, 
inclusive rugby could be the new sport for you.

Join hundreds of other gay, bi and straight men 
and give rugby a try !  

Westcountry Wasps Launching 13th Oct

Westcountry Wasps is a brand new rugby club getting off the ground this month in Exeter.

Saturday 13th October marks their first open day event when at 12:30pm they’ll be inviting any new players or supporters to join them at Topsham Rugby Club.

“Come and find out more about Westcountry Wasps and why some many people are joining #inclusiverugby teams up and down the country! This taster session is designed for anyone interested in becoming a founding Wasp! No experience required, just the desire to #stinglikeawasp!”

For details visit their Facebook page which you can link through to from their Team Page here.
 
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Centurions’ 1st Birthday

Chester’s largest LGBT Sports Group, the Chester Centurions RUFC celebrated its 1st birthday on 23rd September with their very first competitive league match in the new IGR UK League Championship played on Saturday 29th.

Scoring two tries and a conversion, the team that now boasts over 45 permanent members ultimately lost to Yorkshire’s experienced and powerful Leed’s Hunters.

Results

TeamTriesConversionsBPPointsOutcome
Centurions2112Loss
Hunters183Win

Brotherhood

Commenting on Facebook, Adam Prankard, PR for Centurions said, “What a great birthday for Chester Centurions RUFC. We played our first IGR International Gay Rugby league match. This was our first home game. This year has been a great year!  We have not only become team members but also a brotherhood.”

The club was established following the Spirit of IGR Summer Recruitment Campaign that sent volunteer hit squads to various Pride events across England to raise awareness of inclusive rugby and encourage members of the LGBT community and their straight allies to “Fear Less. Give Rugby a Try”.

Chester Pride on 19th August 2017 uncovered a healthy level of interest in rugby across the University city and enabled the very first open training session to take place on 23rd September 2017.

Volunteers handing out leaflets and chatting at Pride included Dan Cumblidge (then) from the Birmingham Bulls who is now the Centurions’ Club Captain and players from Liverpool Tritons and Manchester Village Spartans.

If you think your town or city could do with a new Inclusive Rugby Club, email info@inclusiverugby.com for advice.

Glasgow v Spartans in epic match

A sporting congratulations to the Manchester Village Spartans RFC for their victory was extended by the Glasgow Alphas after their first home match within the new IGR UK League Championship. The final score was 69-10 to the away team but Alphas played a very aggressive game and kept their spirits high.

Commenting that it was their first game of the season, they spoke of the fantastic experience setting a benchmark for their season ahead.

The two teams later enjoyed a great night out in Glasgow.

Result here