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Summer Draft Tournament returns!

Pioneers in Inclusive Rugby, The Manchester Village Spartans RUFC, are proud to be bringing back this friendly, unique, draft-Style, one-day, Summer Touch Rugby tournament for everyone to enjoy on Saturday June 6th 2020 at the Spartans’ home ground at Sale Sports Club, Cheshire.

This 1-day, fast-paced tournament will be a celebration recognising the efforts put in by Spartans O2 Touch Ambassadors and lots of volunteers from a whole host of IGR UK Clubs across England during the England Rugby and O2 Touch 2019 Summer Pride Tour (a recruitment campaign encouraging greater LGBT participation in Inclusive O2 Touch Rugby).

Everyone is invited regardless of shape, size, sexuality, gender identity or touch rugby ability.

So whether you’re a total novice or expert, nationals O2 Touch pro, if you’re aged 18yrs+ you’re invited to play and bring friends and family of any age to come along and join in the friendly festival spirit.

Players don’t have to be in a team so you can register as individuals or in friendship groups.  Group Discounts are available when buying tickets for 8 or more players in any one transaction.  Please email touch@villagespartans.co.uk for the voucher code and more info before making a group booking.

This exciting, ultra-sociable and inclusive event was the first of it’s kind last year and we hope it will be even bigger and better for 2020 – hosted at the Spartans new, purpose-built clubhouse.

Ben Dawson, 02 Touch Operator of the Year 2019, 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 tickets – the price of which includes Lunch.  Early Bird tickets are £15/pp and will be available until May 10th 2020.

www.summerdraft.co.uk

Hosts announced for IGR UK Finals

On behalf of the UK IGR League Committee, we’d like to present the draws for this years hosts of the Northern division Finals Day and the first ever Grand Final as Champions of North & South meet to decide the overall UK IGR League Champions 🏉🏆
Huge thanks to IGR’s own Adam Wide for his fantastic skills conducting the draw.

Congratulations to Typhoons RUFC & Leeds Hunters on their success.

Here’s the locations of this years events:

Divisional Finals Day Hosts
Southern Division – Northampton Outlaws
Northern Division – Typhoons RUFC
Grand Final hosts – Leeds Hunters

We know you will all do us proud hosting the days, and good luck to all teams in their league campaigns to reach these iconic events.

 

Leicester & Reading Prides

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.

 

 

Happy Pride, Hull

The Hull Roundheads RUFC are celebrating at Pride in Hull 2019  today.  Happy Pride, to everyone!  Read more about Pride in Hull 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

EMAIL: play@inclusiverugby.com
or DM us on Messenger / Instagram / Twitter:   @inclusiverugby

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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.

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.

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
Chester Centurions2112Loss
Leeds 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.