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

Hadrian Cup 2019

Newcastle Ravens have launched their early bird registration for next year’s Hadrian Cup which is a Rugby 10’s competition popular each year amongst the IGR club community.

Get more details from their website www.hadriancup.co.uk

Entry to registration night on Friday 22nd February
Entry to the Hadrian Cup tournament on 23rd February
Lunch will be provided during tournament
Tournament program
A Hadrian Cup Goody bag
Post tournament celebration & award ceremony in club house, including hot food
Entry to tournament after party in Newcastle city centre
Entry to Kangaroo Court on 24th February, including breakfast bap

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

Tritons & Typhoons play 1st match

Great start to the season and the IGR League Championships (Northern Division) with a 57-5 home win for Liverpool Tritons – Inclusive Rugby Union against Typhoons RUFC.

Both sides are making great progress at the moment and Tritons commented that they look forward to the away leg in Preston in April.

Tritons Kit is sponsored by JC Construction Limited and DLA Piper

Result here

Dean Bee at Twickenham for Award finals

Dean Bee, Chairman of Manchester Village Spartans RUFC based in Sale, Manchester, was recently awarded a Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Regional Awards for his volunteer rugby work and dedication to the game.

Having won the Cheshire RFU region title, he travelled down to Twickenham on the 7th September for the National Final.

The awards are part of the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme which provides grassroots rugby clubs and the rugby community with opportunities to recognise and reward the volunteers who make up such an integral part of the game.

Dean was nominated for his work with the RFU, Spirit of Rugby and International Gay Rugby in driving recruitment into gay and inclusive rugby across England – leading to the creation of three new clubs and a total of 290 full, paying members.

The local event was held at Gallaghers of Warrington on Thursday 14th June.

As well as the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Awards, the programme offers a number of opportunities to say thank you to the thousands of volunteers who give back to grassroots rugby, week in, week out.

Find out more about how you can show your appreciation for a volunteer in your rugby community by visiting www.englandrugby.com/mitsubishivolunteers.

New IGR League launches

WORLD’S 1st COMPETITIVE ANNUAL LEAGUE FOR GAY & INCLUSIVE RUGBY

A new league championship has been established for International Gay Rugby (IGR) clubs to compete against each other throughout the forthcoming Rugby Union Season 2018/19.

14 LGBT-Friendly clubs from Scotland, England and Wales will battle to be crowned, “UK IGR League Champions 2018/19” at the end of the season.

The first annual competition of its kind to exist on such a scale anywhere in the world, will be split into fixtures for northern and, separately, southern teams, to compete against each other until the end of the season.

An inaugural finals day will be hosted by Cardiff Lions RFC who will be participating in the southern fixtures. The host for future season’s play-offs will alternate between a northern and southern club each year.

Four teams trialled a ‘Gay League’ structure in 2017/18 by competing in the IGR Northern League – which saw Newcastle Ravens RUFC come out top of the table ahead of Leeds Hunters RUFC. Southern teams have previously competed against each other in “The Turing Cup” which shall be replaced by the new UK-wide championship.

This will be the first time, such a large, comprehensive championship league structure will exist for Gay & Inclusive Rugby Union teams from one region to compete against each other on an annual basis and is indicative of the phenomenal growth that gay and inclusive rugby is enjoying across the world – especially in England and the rest of the UK and Ireland.

There are now 20 IGR-affiliated clubs across the UK and Ireland eligible to participate in the new league with an estimated number of players in excess of 1500­­. Approximately 80% of members within Gay & Inclusive Rugby Union clubs identify as LGBT with 20% as straight.

Participation in the new UK league is not exclusive and clubs with multiple teams (such as Manchester Village Spartans RUFC, the world’s second-ever, 15-a-side gay Rugby Union club) will continue to play competitive rugby in local leagues such as the Halbro Northwest Intermediate League as well as the new IGR league.

Dean Bee, IGR Trustee for Europe who has established the new league commented, “Gay and Inclusive rugby has enjoyed exceptional growth in recent years with enough teams playing a good level of competitive rugby to maintain a permanent league structure across the UK.”

He continued, “We’re proud to see UK clubs joining forces to establish another first in the world of competitive Rugby Union, where Gay and Inclusive teams will be able to compete on an annual basis for the honour of being that season’s champions amongst their peers and friends in rugby.”

“Whilst there are two successful biennial, international tournaments for IGR teams to compete within, this is the first time so many teams will have a competition on their doorstep where they can build their rugby skills and confidence in a completely inclusive environment regardless of their sexuality – week in week out, through the whole rugby season.”