Manchester Village Spartans RUFC in spotlight for National Inclusion Week

“To be considered a heterosexual male playing at a homosexual team was simply incredible.”
Manchester Village Spartans RUFC was founded among the world’s first homosexual and inclusive rugby clubs. Now, there are over 80 such nightclubs worldwide from the International Gay Rugby (IGR) family.
Launched having a small grant from the NHS to help homosexual men lead lifestyles, the Spartans have improved far beyond expectations. They field a first team in the Halbro Northwest Intermediate League; have another team in the IGR UK League Championships Northern Division; and train a development squad of inexperienced players and those new to the game.
Their method of rugby is the focus of this third from the new set of’Spotlight’ short movies produced by the charity Sport Allies working in combination with scholars and students also supported by Sky Sports. The three movies all have been published to mark National Inclusion Week.
Though many of the Spartans players and coaches were growing up, the language used throughout sport made more complex for them the connection between masculinity and rugby.
“I moved into some very rugby-focused school, it turned into a brilliant school, however if you did some thing crap on the rugby pitch, the lineup was’DBG – don’t be homosexual’. It’s a subtle impact on everybody.”
Now addition is inherent to Spartans life – and there is nothing subtle about their commitment. They are followed by the movie to this summertime Union Cup at Dublin, where their 1st XV reached the closing and their 2nds claimed the Challenger Cup trophy; a solid tournament showing to indicate the 20th anniversary of the club.
The players featured include Neil Gallagher, that speaks about why he joined a club as a straight man, and Archie Taylor, for whom the Spartans are his family – a home away from home.
Club chairman and 2nd-team trainer Gareth Longley, yet another interviewee in the movie, said:”We are so proud to be Spartans, and incredibly pleased our most successful IGR tournament has been captured on film so delightfully by Sport Allies along with London Film School.”
Many others, Neil, both Archie and watch Gareth discuss why they’re pleased to become the camaraderie of inclusive and homosexual rugby along with Spartans – and see just how they celebrated their achievement in the Union Cup.
Sky Sports is pleased to support both the Sport Allies’Spotlight’ brief films project, and National Inclusion Week 2019.
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