League: IGR Friendlies

West Country Wasps

A newly formed all inclusive rugby club based in Exeter. Encompassing all players of all abilities from Devon, Cornwall & surrounding counties.

Founding member Ryan started playing rugby from the age of 11 and has since become an RFU referee at County and Federation level while also being a Special Police Constable. He’s super excited to be leading a new #inclusiverugby team in the Southwest and hopes that it will bring the #gaycommunity together in a way that hasn’t been seen before! Andy, who co-founded the club, is a straight man from Exeter who recently moved from Manchester where he’d been playing with the Manchester Village Spartans for 10 years! He wants to bring new experiences and new friends together through rugby.

They have 1hr welcome sessions starting at Midday on 13th October which will be held at Topsham Rugby Club

westcountrywasps@gmail.com

Caledonian Thebans RUFC

Training takes place at the Murrayfield Stadium training grounds on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30pm,
from the beginning of September to the end of April.

For more information, you can email us at:
membership@thebans-rfc.co.uk – publicity@thebans-rfc.co.uk – secretary@thebans-rfc.co.uk

THE CALEDONIAN THEBANS RFC

112 Roseburn Street
Edinburgh, UK
EH12 5PH

membership@thebans-rfc.co.uk

Reading Renegades

The Reading Renegades RFC is an inclusive rugby club based in Reading, UK.

The club aims to allow men of any sexual orientation, age, race or experience the opportunity to play rugby without fear of prejudice.

We were established in 2016 and have since grown rapidly to over 40 members.
The 2018/2019 season is set to be our best yet with two training sessions a week and regular games with local and IGR teams.

We will be attending the Union Cup in Dublin in 2019 and will be focussing our efforts to get everyone there!

For more information about the club and our activities, please take a look through our website and if you have any questions then please contact us.

Kings Cross Steelers RFC

London’s most inclusive rugby club since 1995. Based in East London, always open to new players, experienced or beginners.

We’ve 4 teams playing regularly from Essex League 1 standard through to Merit Table 6, alongside pathway sessions for new players and monthly IGR games. Contact us to get involved.

The Kings Cross Steelers were founded as the first ever gay inclusive rugby union club in 1995. The founding of the club sparked the beginning of a much larger gay inclusive rugby movement which to date includes over 60 gay inclusive rugby clubs across the world.

The club’s name comes from “Kings Cross” as the club was founded in the pub, Central Station, which is just around the corner from Kings Cross St Pancras. While the “Steelers” part of the name comes from the founding members’ love of American football and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Awards
Bingham Hoagland Cup Winners, 2012
Bingham Plate Winners, 2012

The European Champions, Union Cup, 2011, 2009, 2007.

Best Sports Team, Pink Paper Awards 2011.
Runner-up Stonewall awards for Best Sports Team 2010.

Memorial Park
71 Holland Road
London
London
E15 3BP

pathway@kxsrfc.com

Emerald Warriors

The Emerald Warriors RFC was formed in August 2003 to provide an open and inclusive environment to play rugby. The club offers the opportunity to play competitive rugby in Ireland and internationally. At present the club has over 50 members, comprised of players, pavilions and alumni.

The Emerald Warriors vision is to be, the leading LGBTI inclusive rugby club (In the world), leading by example and achieving success at home and abroad, both on and off the pitch.

The Emerald Warriors will be hosting The Union Cup which will take place in June 2019 in Dublin’s DCU Sports campus, supported by the IRFU, and welcoming 50 teams from across Europe with an expected 1,500-1,600 attendees.

The Union Cup is a biennial international rugby union tournament for inclusive rugby teams. First hosted in Montpellier in 2005, it has since been hosted by various clubs throughout Europe, that similar to Emerald Warriors RFC, are established within the LGBT community. The tournament has previously been hosted in Copenhagen, London, Amsterdam, Bristol, Brussels and Madrid.

Hull Roundheads RUFC

The Hull Roundheads RUFC founded in Hull, East Yorkshire, Aug. 2018 on the basis of joining a global community of Inclusive Rugby where men and women of any gender, sexuality and race can come together for the love of the sport and get into rugger.

At present, we are just forming a men’s team, but hopefully if demand is there, we will have a women’s team! But it doesn’t matter if you’re gay, bi, straight or trans, The Roundheads is a family that brings people together for one purpose, to play rugby and to have fun playing the sport! Whether you have played all your life or never played before, we have a coaching team that will be able to guide you through or brush up your rugby skills. So why not join us as we start our journey?

Hull has an incredibly rich history and association with rugby, which is why we felt we needed to put the city’s stamp into the world of Inclusive Rugby.

So why the Roundheads? Unusual name right? Well, the name is a nod to our city’s history. During the English Civil War, The Ridings of Yorkshire in Northern England were all Royalists, i.e. they supported the King’s forces over Parliament soldiers aka The Roundheads so named because of the shape of their helmets.

However, during this time the city’s elders refused to grant King Charles I entry into the city and slammed the gates shut and declared their allegiance and support to Parliament and Hull became the base that Oliver Cromwell launched his successful campaign to take the North and win the Civil War. So there we go. Hopefully, you have learnt something new!

Like the Roundheads we have based our team name on, we wont be just conquering the North of England on the rugby pitches, we will be conquering the world of Inclusive Rugby! So that we are rememberable not just for our name but our performance too.

info@hullroundheads.co.uk

Brighton and Hove Sea Serpents RFC

A gay and inclusive Rugby team formed in 2015, Players at all levels welcomed. To train/play or support send a message or email info@bhssrfc.com

Affiliation with Sussex Rugby Football Union

Belfast Azlans

Our mission is to be the sports club of choice in Northern Ireland.

Our core values are Sport, Equality and Inclusivity.

We aim to provide an open and inclusive rugby focused club, where individuals can come together to learn, play, support and enjoy rugby.
We focus on developing core skills of teamwork and self confidence by creating an environment of inclusion and participation, where all levels of ability are welcomed and nourished.

#weareazlans

Sheffield Vulcans

We are a Inclusive Rugby Club that was set up in Sheffield in August 2017. We are a part of a group of clubs that have been set up by the IGR (International Gay Rugby) and their Spirit of Rugby Campaign.

The IGR and England Rugby (RFU) worked closely together to promote Rugby off the back of the “Spirit of 2012” initiative which promoted an increase in sports after the summer Olympics. The IGR promoted Inclusive rugby on a Pride Summer Tour inviting members of the LGBTQ community to come together and “Fear less and give rugby a try”. From this the Vulcans were set up and became the 13th active club in the country to be set up, joining the ranks that includes; the Manchester Village Spartans, Liverpool Tritons and Leeds Hunters.

Homophobia can be rife in sports clubs and this can put the LGBTQ community off from participating. Our main aim is provide a safe place for LGBTQ peoples or anyone in general to participate in sports without worry of prejudice.

Inclusive rugby means that whether you are gay/straight, big/small, young/old, an experienced rugby player or never picked up a ball, we want to see you get involved and join the Sheffield Vulcans.

We welcome you to come down to one of our training sessions on a Tuesday or Sunday and get to know us. We always head for a drink afterwards which will give you the chance to ask any questions you may have.

Your first four sessions are free so you can have a taste, see if rugby is for you, and get to know us. Once you’ve joined up, membership starts from only £7.50 a month.
Follow us on twitter and instagram, and like our Facebook page where’ll you’ll be able to keep up to date with training and socials or you can email our recruitment officer Liam at recruitment@sheffieldvulcans.com

http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/sheffieldvulcans