Sheffield has recently created its first gay and inclusive rugby union club, the Sheffield Vulcans.
Established late this summer, the club exists to enable players, regardless of gender, sexuality or rugby ability to learn and enjoy playing rugby in a welcoming environment with zero tolerance to homophobia and bigotry.
The brand-new club will become the 13th active, inclusive rugby club in England and part of the LGBT sporting body known as International Gay Rugby (IGR) which has over 90 member rugby clubs worldwide.
Dean Bee, founder of the new club and England Representative for IGR has recently been working hard with England Rugby (The RFU) to stimulate the creation of new gay and inclusive rugby teams across the country as part of a “Spirit of 2012” initiative with the ambition of increasing the participation of 16 – 24 year olds in sports. Dean was also part of an IGR promotional team who attended Sheffield Pride to raise awareness of rugby and encourage the LGBT community to “Fear Less. Give Rugby A Try.”
Just five weeks on since the first training session, the Vulcans already have 15 regular members of all abilities – many of whom never picked up a rugby ball before.
With so much enthusiasm and energy within the newly formed team, the ambition is to enable these pioneering Sheffield Vulcan players to play their first ever match against another newly created Rugby Union club before Christmas.
The team is also looking for sponsors to help fund a kit and help cover the costs of coaching and hiring training facilities so that they can continue to train over the winter under floodlights – rather than in Endcliffe Park in the dark.
Sheffield Vulcans RUFC has been established directly as a result of the IGR (England) Summer Pride Tour, made possible through the kind support of The RFU and Spirit Of Rugby.