A record number of players and supporters will descend on Edinburgh this weekend, as Caledonian Thebans RFC, Scotland’s leading rugby team for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people and their allies, host their 12th annual “Rugby Clinic” in association with the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU).
Taking place at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield stadium, the Rugby Clinic will bring together over 200 players from LGBTI rugby clubs across Europe along with supporters and their families.
Through a combination of training from SRU coaches, competitive games and social events, the Clinic helps to promote LGBTI-inclusive sport to a wider audience.
Thebans’ Club Chairperson, Owen Greechan, said: “Rugby is one of the most inclusive sports in the world and Edinburgh one of its most welcoming cities; so we’re not surprised to have a record turnout this year.”
Earlier this year the Thebans were crowned runners-up in the ‘Silver Plate’ final of the Union Cup, Europe’s biennial LGBTI championships. The Clinic forms part of their preparations for next year’s Bingham Cup – LGBTI rugby’s World championships, which will take place in Nashville, Tennessee in May.
Greechan added: “Nashville is a huge target for the club and a chance to represent Scotland on a truly international stage. Hopefully by hosting a successful Rugby Clinic we can promote our sport more widely and create the support we need to get us to the States.”
The Caledonian Thebans RFC 12th Annual Rugby Clinic takes place at Murrayfield on Saturday 31 October, with supporting events around Edinburgh all weekend. For more information about the club, players and the 2016 Bingham Cup, please contact David Probert on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07811 117180.