Just a couple of weeks after Queer As Folk first aired on TV, another group of lads on Canal Street started shaking things up too.

Click below to delve into the history of the club from the first players’ meeting back in 1999 to today, with our multiple, mixed-gender teams as we play Union in the Halbro Leagues and 02 Touch across the UK. 

Read more about our small part in helping to kickstart the International Gay Rugby movement and our continued efforts to grow Inclusive Rugby and play the game we love.

IT'S MORE THAN RUGBY

We work hard to get seen and heard chatting about Gay and Inclusive Rugby because each one of us remembers how good it felt to see people ‘like us’ challenging stereotypes as we grew up.

GALA OPPORTUNITIES

We’re busy planning the 20th Anniversary Gala at The Midland Hotel in Manchester on Friday 23rd August Manchester Pride Bank Holiday Weekend and have some very exciting news to release very shortly. 

In the meantime, we would love to invite our family, friends in rugby and allies in business to support the fundraiser in any way possible.

We have a variety of Sponsorship and Advertising packages available, including a Headline Sponsorship deal that can be crafted to suit your needs perfectly. You can become an Activation, Affinity or Functional Sponsor or even an Annonymous Donor. Ask any of the Gala team about our CASC Charitable Status too.

We hope our fundraising gala will provide funds that can be used to increase LGBT participation in sport, not just at the Spartans but across the IGR Rugby community around the UK and help educate and inform young people that they can enjoy sport regardless of their sexuality or gender.

OUR TRUE COLOURS HAVE BEEN SHINING THROUGH FOR YEARS

We’ve been wearing the Pride Rainbow Colours for longer than any other sports team we can think of.

We believe you can be a credible rugby-playing sportsperson AND be an incredibly proud part of the LGBT+ Community at the same time.

“A positive atmosphere, good coaching.”

“A great way to get fit.”

“Good fun great exercise.”

“Fitness. Teamwork. New skills. Social. Fun.”

“It cannot be a more positive experience.”

“A big part of my life for the last 5 years.”

“I love what it’s done for me and life in Manchester.”

“It built my confidence, fitness, social circle, memories and experiences.”

SPARTAN PLAYERS
2018 SURVEY

I was involved right at the beginning…..Luckily enough they were looking for sponsors….And [we] decided to.

We’re quite actively involved through sponsorship, fundraising, events….Stuff like that.

It’s huge…..This group taking on the country.  Its absolutely amazing. 

This social group is now a serious group organisation to grow to this size, which is one of the biggest rugby groups in the UK, not only because it’s gay but because it’s a group of friends playing the game.

JOHN HAMILTON
SPONSOR

Our CLUB SUPPORTERS

MANCHESTER VILLAGE SPARTANS WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR CLUB SPONSORS AND PROJECT PARTNERS FOR THEIR SUPPORT

WE LOOK FORWARD
TO SEEING YOU SOON