Two major English Pride celebrations are set to see players from International Gay Rugby clubs march proudly as they promote inclusivity in sport and give the IGR Summer Pride Tour of England a boost promoting mixed-gender, #O2Touch Rugby as part of the IGR Summer Pride Tour Supported by England Rugby and O2 Touch
The Reading Renegades are gearing up for a massive Reading Pride which celebrates it’s 16th year and will be marching in the #loveunites parade which sets off from Broad Street Mall at 11:15 on Saturday morning whilst the Northampton Outlaws are not only walking in the Leicester Pride parade and manning a stall but also have a pre-season, exhibition friendly lined up against Aylestone Athletic RFC 2’s in a special feature match on Victoria Park right next to Leicester Pride itself.
Players from Kings Cross Steelers RFC Chester Centurions RUFC Sheffield Vulcans RUFC The Leeds Hunters RUFC Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents RFC Bristol Bisons RFC South London Stags RFC Copenhagen Wolves Typhoons RUFC Northampton Outlaws RFC The Hull Roundheads RUFC Birmingham Bulls RFC and Westcountry Wasps proudly marched alongside their brothers and sisters in rugby and #O2TouchRugby at a huge Manchester Pride Parade on Saturday in the blistering heat in front of a huge 60,000 crowd of onlookers and supporters.
Helping the Manchester Village Spartans celebrate their 20 years at the forefront of growing inclusive rugby, over 70 players and allies (including the founder of the Warwick Rowers Calendar and head of Sport Allies) wore their kits and followed in the slipstream of the huge and epic LGBT Flag that has become a much loved fixture on the popular parade.
The Pride in Plymouth website has issued a statement regarding the cancellation of the Pride events.
Due to forecasted severe weather conditions on Saturday 10th August, specifically high winds, Plymouth Pride 2019 has been cancelled for this date.
Following full consultation with all of the relevant authorities including, Devon and Cornwall Police, emergency services and the Met Office, a final decision was made today Wednesday 7th August to cancel the event – with a view to rescheduling it at a later date.
The recently formed Hurricanes will be marching throughout the city on their first Notts Pride, especially to raise awareness about the first Gay & Inclusive Rugby club in the country of Nottinghamshire.
Dont be shy….say hi if you see them during the parade and party……For more info check their social media on Facebook here
or on Twitter @HurricanesNotts
Alternatively, you can email them at NottsHurricanes@outlook.com for more info.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE IGR SUMMER PRIDE TOUR Promoting O2 Touch Rugby for everybody supported by England Rugby and O2 Touch here
If you want to give Inclusive Rugby a try, find out more about the Roundheads on this site here
Volunteers from IGR International Gay Rugby clubs around England are popping in to #Prides all round the country this summer as part of the IGR England Summer Touch Pride Tour 2019 supported by England Rugby and #O2Touch.
If you want to know more about the support you can get if you want to set up a Touch Rugby team and start playing in an LGBT mixed-gender, Inclusive Touch team, get in touch
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Happy Pride to everyone attending Folkestone Pride 2019 today. If you’re interested in giving O2 Touch Rugby a try – a really sociable and exhilarating, low-contact sport, message us and one of our volunteers will get back to you to see what we can do to help / where you can play.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.