Category: Manchester Village Spartans

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.

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