LGBT Youth Scotland and Glasgow Alphas have signed a new partnership to encourage young people into the sport of rugby.

The new 3-year agreement commits both organisations to engage and encourage LGBT+ people to be fully involved in rugby union as well as working together on fundraising campaigns.

The groups say they will work across 3 main areas:

  • supporting young people to engage and be fully involved in rugby
  • support young people access sport using it as a tool to realise their full potential
  • work together to encourage government and other public and private bodies to develop inclusive policy

Alphas Chair, Adam Harrison, said:

“This is a historic day for the Alphas. Many who join the club do so because it provides them with a safe space to play the sport they love. This agreement with LGBT Youth Scotland will help us to build on this and allow more LGBT+ people to realise that who they are shouldn’t stop their ability to play and enjoy rugby.”

“Inclusive rugby is expanding rapidly her in the UK and around the world” he added. “There are now over 100 teams that affiliate to International Gay rugby (IGR), the worldwide body of inclusive rugby.”

“Working with LGBT Youth Scotland will allow us to introduce more people to an ever-growing family of inclusive rugby and be embraced by a community that welcomes everyone.”

Signing the agreement on behalf of LGBT Youth Scotland, Head of Partnerships, Jane Griffin, said:

“We’re excited to be partnering with the Alphas for the next three years. Providing role models in sport for LGBTI young people is an important step in encouraging participation and we look forward to working with the team.”

Pic credit: LGBT Youth Scotland / Glasgow Alphas

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