New LGBT-inclusive rugby teams have launched in Aberdeen and Fife in a bid to make sport more appealing and accessible for all members of the community.
LGBT sports teams have been around for some years in Scotland, with teams dedicated to football, running, swimming and even boxing, although most clubs are focussed on Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Now, with the popularity of rugby on the rise amongst the community, there are new opportunities to get involved!
Bryan Sinclair from the Aberdeen team told us:
“The group was set up to encourage more LGBT people into sport and as a way of building community spirit. It allows like minded people to come together and get involved whether they are new to the sport or have experience and all this is done in a safe environment where people can be themselves.”
“Even though we are in our early stages there is already a strong feeling of the team coming together and wanting to achieve something collectively. For anyone wanting to come along we train most Sundays at Hazlehead Park in Aberdeen and info can be found on our Facebook page.”
Meanwhile in Fife, the Dunfermline Knights faced Glasgow Alphas in their first match recently, beating the visitors 93-17 in a thrilling match.
Ahead of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces 2018 launch, which runs from 17th November to 6th December, we hear from Jordan McGhee on why he joined the Fife team and what it means to be part of a competitive sport for the first time.
“I was really nervous and apprehensive about attending the first session, as much as I keep fit from the gym and swimming, I’ve never been part of a team or let alone run towards someone with a ball.”
“But I loved the buzz of my first game, I loved getting to know my team mates more and also getting to know the Alphas, it’s great to hear how Rugby has made such a positive impact on everyones physical and mental health, made them feel part of something and included. There are lots of sports out there which are inclusive for everyone – I’m a firm believer that you’re never too old or unfit to try new things, you should always believe in yourself and go for it.”
Pic credits: Jordan McGhee, Bryan Sinclair