Manchester Village Spartans RUFC

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Manchester Village Spartans RUFC
Manchester Village Spartans RUFC logo.jpg
Manchester Village Spartans RUFC Logo
Union Cheshire RFU
Founded 1998 (1998)
Location Sale, Trafford, England
Ground(s) Sale Sports Club
Chairman Dean Bee
President Jonathan Mayor
Captain(s) Karlos Bee (1st team) Andrew Wig (2nd Team) John Copestake (3rd Team)
League(s) North West Intermediate Rugby Union League
Official website
www.pitchero.com/clubs/manchestervillagespartansrufc/

The Manchester Village Spartans RUFC is Manchester and Northwest England's gay and inclusive rugby union football team based at Sale Sports Club, Manchester.

The club is a full and founding member of International Gay Rugby Association and Board (IGRAB),[1] and in 2012 it hosted the Bingham Cup, the international gay and inclusive rugby championship.[2]

Current League[edit]

The Manchester Village Spartans has 2 teams currently competing in Northwest Intermediate Rugby Union Leagues as well as a third team who play regular friendly fixtures.

The first team (1XV) compete in Division 3 South and the second team (2XV) in Sale Sharks Division 5 East.

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The logo shows a Spartan helmet with a rainbow plume, and the club has the moto Unione Fortior which means strength in union.

Kit[edit]

The kit has changed throughout the years and the original kit was a red shirt and black shorts. In 2002 the club adopted a rainbow striped coloured match shirt to reflect the pride colours. This theme has continued throughout the design. In 2012 to celebrate being awarded the 6th Bingham Cup, the club changed to a black shirt with the rainbow colours running down the under arms.

Charitable Status[edit]

The Manchester Village Spartans have community amateur sports club (CASC) status, Scheme Number CH10207,[4] a status different from charity status but conveying some of the same benefits.[5]

Results in leagues and competitions[edit]

2013 / 14[edit]

1XV North West Intermediate League – Div 5E (4th Place)
2XV Birmingham Touch Tournament – (2nd Place)
1XV Bingham Cup - Sydney

2012 / 13[edit]

1XV North West Intermediate League – Div 5E (3rd Place)
1XV Hadrian’s Cup – Newcastle, UK (2nd Place)
1XV Friendly Tour – Madrid, Spain (Friendly)
2XV Union Cup – Bristol, UK (3rd place)

2011 / 12[edit]

1XV North West Intermediate League – Div 5E (6th Place)
1XV Bingham Cup – Manchester, UK
2XV Bingham Cup – Manchester, UK
3XV Bingham Cup – Manchester, UK

2010 / 11[edit]

1XV North West Intermediate League – Div 5E (5th Place)
1XV Union Cup – Amsterdam, Netherlands
1XV Hadrian's Cup - Newcastle, UK (2nd)

2009 / 10[edit]

1XV North West Intermediate League – Div 5E (3rd Place)
1XV Bingham Cup – Minneapolis, USA
1XV Hadrian's Cup - Newcastle, UK

2008 / 09[edit]

1XV North West Intermediate League – Div 4E (14th Place)
1XV Union Cup – London, UK
1XV Hadrian's Cup - Newcastle, UK

2007 / 08[edit]

1XV North West Intermediate League – Div 5S (6th Place)
1XV Bingham Cup – Dublin, Ireland
2XV Bingham Cup – Dublin, Ireland
1XV Hadrian's Cup - Newcastle, UK (1st)

2006 / 07[edit]

1XV North West Intermediate League – Div 5E (13th Place)
1XV Friendly Tour – Cologne, Germany (Friendly)

2005 / 06[edit]

1XV North West Intermediate League – Div 5S (12th Place)
1XV Bingham Cup – New York, USA

2004 / 05[edit]

1XV Union Cup, Montpelier, France

2003 / 04[edit]

1XV Bingham Cup – London, UK

2002 / 03[edit]

1XV Bingham Cup – San Francisco, USA

2001 / 02[edit]

1XV – Washington Invitational, Washington DC, USA

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Members". International Gay Rugby Association and Board. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Wainwright, Martin (31 May 2012). "Gay and inclusive rugby's Bingham Cup comes to Manchester". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Village Spartans 1". The Raging Bull North West Leagues. Retrieved 19 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Spartan's Official Website". Pitchero. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "CASC versus charity". cascinfo.co.uk - The definitive guide for Community Amateur Sports Clubs. cascinfo.co.uk. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 

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