The entire 1st XV team at Gallagher Premiership Rugby Union Club, Sale Sharks, have stepped in front of the lens to support a ground-breaking new photography project, “Portraits of Pride in Union” that celebrates the passion and diversity of rugby union players across the game.
The project is the brainchild of The Manchester Village Spartans – one of the world’s first Gay and Inclusive Rugby Clubs, formed back in 1999 on Canal Street in Manchester – who are celebrating their 20th birthday with a large fundraising gala on August 23rd at The Midland Hotel and who commissioned the project to help raise awareness of rugby for all.
The grassroots team based at Sale Sports Club, helped establish the worldwide Inclusive Rugby phenomenon and have worked hard over the decades to grow participation and enjoyment in rugby across the UK and beyond.
“Sale Sharks are deeply committed to supporting grassroots clubs across the region through the Sharks Community Trust and our 100 Club partnership scheme” said Jonny Acheson, Head of Brand at Sale Sharks. “As members of our 100 Club, we’ve supported the Spartans over their two decades and are delighted to help them celebrate this milestone in their history by getting right behind this impressive, creative project.”
In total, thirty-four stunning portraits have been shot of players and staff at Sale Sharks by London-based, professional photographer, Andy Barnham, whose work includes shots of fashion-model David Gandy, musician Tinie Tempah, Olympians and politicians like the USA’s Condoleezza Rice.
Very soon, shots of the Spartans will be available to bid for alongside the Prints of the Sale Shark players.