Gay and Inclusive rugby in the UK and Ireland has never been as popular.
In addition to the new IGR UK League, every year there are multiple tournaments and other opportunities for teams to gather, play rugby and socialise afterwards.
O2 TOUCH SUMMER PRIDE DRAFT
The IGR, with support from England Rugby and O2 Touch, have helped encourage the growth of more Inclusive O2 Touch Rugby clubs around England.
Working with volunteers from across several IGR clubs including Liverpool Tritons, Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents, West Country Wasps, Northampton Outlaws, Sheffield Vulcans, Typhoons of Lancashire and many more, led by the O2 Touch Operator of the Year 2019, Manchester Village Spartans, people of all genders and sexualities across England have been encouraged to give this social sport a go.
Last year’s Summer Draft, supported by O2 Touch will be happening again at the end of May 2020 to round off a year of welcoming new players into the game. This Draft-Style tournament – the first of its kind in the UK – will be held in Manchester again – supported by England Rugby and O2 Touch.
Visit the Summer Draft website here
Photos of last year’s event can be found here
TOUCH MY BRUM
The UK’s most popular Touch Rugby tournament encourages IGR teams made up of Union / Touch players and their allies to enjoy this sociable tournament in the midlands called “Touch My Brum” organised by the Birmingham Bulls. It is held at Sutton Coldfield Rugby Club every summer – usually in July. Here are some photos from 2017. Visit the official Touch My Brum website.
THEBANS RUGBY CLINIC
A popular gathering of players from across the UK and Ireland, Caledonian Thebans have been hosting a clinic to improve your rugby skills for the last few years with great success. The dates for the clinic this year are confirmed as Friday 26th October 2018 – Sunday 28th October 2018 with social events planned in for each day of this Edinburgh weekend. Visit their official website for more details.
ALL IN TOUCH
This new festival hosted by Reading Renegades will be held Reading Abbey Rugby Club. The festival takes place from 10th – 12th April 2020. In true festival fashion and being together as a community, there is a campsite for each team and all others in attendance to set up camp and enjoy drinks with each other and neighbours. There will be food services on site, a bar and amenities. Events 18yrs+ only. Touch Tournament players aged 16yr+.