Glasgow Alphas RFC has signed a three-year agreement with LGBT Youth Scotland to promote participation for young people in rugby.
The agreement, signed this week, commits both organizations to engage and encourage LGBTQI people to be fully involved in rugby union.
It also requires them to work together to encourage government, sports organizations and other public and private bodies to develop policies that are inclusive to the LGBTQI community.
On signing the agreement for the Alphas, Club Chair, Adam Harrison said;
“This is a historic day for the Alphas. Many who join the club do so because it provides them with a safe space to play the sport they love.
“This agreement with LGBT Youth Scotland will help us to build on this and allow more LGBTQI people to realize that who they are shouldn’t stop their ability to play and enjoy rugby.”
The Alphas will also assist LGBT Youth Scotland in the running of educational programs to raise awareness of inclusive sports.
“Inclusive rugby is expanding rapidly here in the UK and around the world,” he added. “There are now over 100 teams that affiliate to International Gay Rugby (IGR), the worldwide body of inclusive rugby.”
“Working with LGBT Youth Scotland will allow us to introduce more people to an ever-growing family of inclusive rugby and be embraced by a community that welcomes everyone.”
Signing the agreement on behalf of LGBT Youth Scotland, Head of Partnerships, Jane Griffin, said;
“We’re excited to be partnering with the Alphas for the next three years. Providing role models in sport for LGBTQI young people is an important step in encouraging participation and we look forward to working with the team.”