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Captain’s Log – The importance of self care during lockdown

Captain, Innes MacLeod has a message to share about the importance of self care and why lockdown isn’t stopping him from looking forward.

During the lockdown it is important to think about being kind to yourself. That can mean different things to different people. Whether it’s indulging your sweet tooth, getting an extra hour’s sleep or simply grabbing 5 minutes of quiet time in a busy household. Over the past few weeks I have been increasingly thinking about how the way I treat myself, physically and mentally, has been restricted and the efforts I can make to find space and time for this.

We are being bombarded with the truism that the current restrictions are damaging for our mental and physical health. This is something I have been feeling keenly recently. Under normal circumstances I would spend an evening or two a week with my fellow Vulcans. As you might expect of any IGR club the Vulcans provide a fantastic community feeling which I am sorely missing. In addition, the routine and physical exertion of training has been hugely beneficial to my mental health and being apart from this has had its impact.

As a club we have tried to be innovative and have introduced zoom training sessions. For an hour a week we get together and squat, jump and stretch from our respective bedrooms, living rooms and gardens. While for some this might sound less than fun the return of routine, the ability to see my friends and the physical benefits have helped enormously with the challenge of lockdown. The benefit of regular exercise on mental health is by no means a silver bullet but is well accepted and I find it a useful tool for keeping my spirits up through this time.

Weekly high intensity exercise may sound like the opposite of being kind to yourself to some and as someone who always preferred the pie and chips after playing rugby than the game itself I can sympathise. Finding something that is accessible, enjoyable and fits in with your day to day can be hard. Even making time for a short walk every day has been hugely beneficial for me. With the streets and parks being relatively quiet I find this not only good exercise but a good time to clear my head of the busyness of work and the often gloomy daily news. An important aspect of mindfulness is bringing yourself into the present moment and being more aware of your body and surroundings. A quiet walk is often a great opportunity to do this. I’ve started noticing new buildings and great views of the city from the streets around my flat. These moments give me time to reflect and leave me feeling more positive and able to take on the day.

This is what works for me but it is important to find what works for you whether it’s yoga, chairobics, running or following the lead of my partner and buying an inflatable kayak to take up the local canal. Making time to be kind to your body and mind can help you through the lockdown.

Want to learn more about the Sheffield Vulcans’ plans for the 2019/2020 season? Get in touch today by emailing committee@sheffieldvulcans.com

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How the Sheffield Vulcans helped heal my relationship with straight men

Archie shares his experience about growing up surrounded by women, his taut relationship with straight men, and how joining an inclusive Rugby team has helped him heal old wounds, and create new amazing relationships!

“I grew up in a household with 5 women. I had 4 older sisters and my mom. Then along came my sister’s girl-friends, my aunties and more! I was surrounded by women, all the time, which meant that I found it more comfortable to be around women as that’s all I knew. My closest friends have always been girls throughout primary school, secondary school, college and so on. This wasn’t just because of familiarity, it was also because for most of my life I’ve feared straight men.”

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Turns Out, Rugby Is The Sport For Me – Voice of a New Player

“I’ve Never Played Rugby Before. Sports Just Aren’t For Me.” That’s what Matt Buckingham thought before he joined Sheffield Vulcans. Read more about Matt’s first few weeks of being part of Sheffield’s inclusive Rugby club and how it’s changed his mind about team sports and given him new confidence and opportunities.

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Captain’s Log – What To Expect from Sheffield Vulcans in 19/20

Captain, Innes MacLeod gives an insight into what he wants the club to achieve in our upcoming season.

As the Vulcans second birthday approaches so does the anniversary of my first trip to Endcliffe Park for a training session with the club. If you went back in time and told me that in a year I would be heading into the next season as captain I would have been, to say the least, surprised. It’s been an amazing year with training sessions that built confidence, socials that brought new friends and games that reminded everyone involved why we love this game. So the feeling I have looking forward is not surprise but excitement for what promises to be this young clubs best season yet.

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♥♥ Why We LOVE being a Sheffield Vulcan ♥♥

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share the stories of 5 Sheffield Vulcans and why they LOVE being part of our club; How they came to join Sheffield’s inclusive Rugby team and why they enjoy coming to training, playing in matches and joining in on socials.

What do you love about Rugby or your team? Let us know in the comments, or on instagram or twitter using #VulcanValentines

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Sheffield Vulcans 2019 Welcome Week!

Join the Sheffield Vulcans for our our first ‘Give Rugby a Try’ Welcome Week of 2019. Everyone is invited to come and get involved with Sheffield’s only Inclusive Rugby team for 3 taster sessions and a social.

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.

Jan Welcome Week

Tuesday 22nd January – The Sheffield Vulcans will be at our regular home of Endcliffe Park at 7pm for our weekly training session. We provide all the equipment, we just ask you to wear something sporty (boots optional) and show enthusiasm as we go back to the basics of Rugby and welcome all the new members into the wonderful egg-shaped sport.

Thursday 24th January – We’ll be meeting at 7pm again at Endcliffe Park for another training session. Don’t worry, we’d never make you do something that we wouldn’t want to do, but we’ve got activities planned for everyone regardless of how much experience you have.

Friday 25th January – Join in as the Sheffield Vulcans take over the City Centre and visit our nightlife sponsors. We’ll have fun and get to know all our new friends joining the team with Karaoke, drinks and answering any questions you have.

Sunday 27th January – We’ll wrap up the week with a bright and early training session at Endcliffe Park on Sunday at 11am. We’ll be able to use more space, natural light, and show even more people how fun rugby can be, and how it can help with fitness, skill and confidence.

For more information, find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@sheffvulcans), ask us on Facebook, or email committee@sheffieldvulcans.com

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Sheffield Vulcans – Give Rugby a ‘Try’ – Autumn Welcome Week

Join the Sheffield Vulcans for our second ‘Give Rugby a Try’ Welcome Week of 2018! Come and get involved with Sheffield’s only Inclusive Rugby team for 3 taster sessions and a social.

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.

Tuesday 30th October – The Vulcans will be at Endcliffe Park at 7pm for our usual weekly training session. Wear something sporty (boots optional) and join in as we go back to the basics of Rugby and welcome our new members. It’s the day before Halloween but don’t be scared, Rugby is fun!

Thursday 1st November – Meeting at 7pm again at Endcliffe Park, join the Vulcans as we lead another taster session. Don’t worry we won’t make you do what we wouldn’t want to! First of the month is a perfect time for your first Vulcans session.

Saturday 3rd November – We’ll be making use of some natural light with a training session at 11am at our usual home of Endcliffe Park then heading to a local pub to watch the England VS South Africa match at 3pm before a night out in Sheffield City Centre at some of our wonderful nightlife sponsors.

You don’t have to be available for ALL the activities, but if you’re free we’d love to see you at at least one!

For more information, follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@sheffvulcans), ask us on Facebook, or email committee@sheffieldvulcans.com

Vulcans get full IGR membership!

Sheffield Vulcans are THRILLED to announce that we have been granted full membership to International Gay Rugby. 

Since launching in August 2017, the Vulcans have had a superb first season as a club and recruited nearly 20 regular players. Working with coach Andrea Dobson and taking advice from other IGR clubs across the UK, the team have enjoyed weekly training sessions, insane socials and nights out, and the chance to bare all in a naked photoshoot to raise money for Balls to Cancer.

The criteria met for full IGR membership are:

    • Be a primarily gay and / or lesbian identifying rugby club;
    • Support the aims and objectives of IGR;
    • Have a formalised governance structure with constitution and elected officers and have statements related to tolerance and inclusion in their club mission statement;
    • Be registered with their National and Local Rugby unions;
    • Have played at least 3 15s rugby matches in their current or most recent rugby season.

Sheffield Vulcans Gardens

We have met all these measures and we cannot wait to continue our experiences with the IGR.

Keep your eye out for more exciting news from the Sheffield Vulcans as we approach our 1st Birthday!

To find out more about the International Gay Rugby organisation, and to learn about the types of membership, visit their website here