Manchester Village Spartans RUFC, the North West’s only gay and inclusive rugby club is topping the league table. The team is eying promotion from Raging Bull North West Leagues Division 5 to a higher league after an impressive start to the season so far.
The team has continued to go from strength to strength since hosting the Bingham Cup in June 2012. The Bingham Cup, otherwise known as the Gay Rugby World Cup which is one of the largest international rugby union tournaments in the world, and is held every two years.
In total, 37 Teams from Australia, and across North America and Europe competed, with the 2012 competition won by the Sydney Convicts who will host the tournament in 2014.
The Village Spartans also announced recently that they will continue their partnership with Pure Gym after agreeing an extension to their headline sponsorship deal until 2014. Pure Gym have sponsored the team since the start of 2011/2012 season and were major sponsors of the 2012 Bingham Cup.
The sponsorship package will see Pure Gym continue to provide financial backing to the Spartans that will be invested in top-level coaching, new equipment and improved playing facilities. In addition to the financial support, Pure Gym is also providing kit, including all weather training jackets, water bottles and sports bags and regular use of Pure Gym’s 24 hour facilities in Manchester.
The Village Spartans intend to travel to Sydney in 2014 to compete in the 7th Bingham Cup, and the support of Pure Gym and other sponsors will be invaluable in assisting the club to field a team in Australia.
Matt Whiteley, Chairman of Village Spartans, said:
“Our partnership with Pure Gym brings together two organisations that are committed to improving health and fitness in the communities we operate in. Their support means we can improve a number of aspects of the rugby club and ensure that more people can play rugby and enjoy being part of the Spartans. The partnership with Pure Gym is already proving beneficial, with the 1st team currently placed 2nd in its league and the club now regularly fielding a 2nd team, for the first time in its history.”
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