LGBT Rugby League club formed

Date published: Monday, February 4, 2013

THE world’s first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rugby league club, Manchester Canalsiders, has been officially launched to coincide with the start of LGBT history month.

Manchester Canalsiders amateur rugby league club have unveiled plans to create the first teams specifically aimed at the LGBT community.

Club founders Stan Sandland, Martin Owens and Kenny Mahoney have outlined their ambitions to set up male and female teams, alongside a mixed touch rugby team, aimed at making competitive debuts in 2014.

The Canalsiders have plans for the 2013 season dedicated to developing skills and training programmes and building up a team of supporters through try-it sessions, training, fundraising and social outings to top rugby league events such as Magic Weekend and the Rugby League World Cup in October and November.

“We were inspired by the work the RFL and the clubs have done around LGBT inclusion,” said Manchester Canalsiders Chairman Martin Owens.

“We hope the Canalsiders will raise the profile of the sport among the LGBT communities.”

RFL Equality and Diversity Manager Sarah Williams said: “The RFL is delighted to support Manchester Canalsiders in providing a unique opportunity for LGBT people to get involved in our sport. The RFL is committed to ensure our game is inclusive and welcoming to all.”

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