Mar 2015 - Village Spartans Rugby Club

19 March 2015 by Pure Radio

The Village Spartans are a rugby club, with a team for gay and bisexual men. They train and play regularly from their home grounds in Sale.

Recently Under the Rainbow found out about a women’s team they are setting up.

This evening they’ll be hearing how the Spartans men’s team has been going since forming in 1998.

Spartans player and PR Spokesperson, Gareth Longley told Under the Rainbow how they’ve been playing recently.

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Feb 2015 - Village Spartans Women's Team

26 February 2015 by Pure Radio

The England women’s rugby team won the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2014. This year, one men’s team is taking the opportunity to create a new women’s side.

The Village Spartans are a rugby team for gay and bisexual men. They were formed in 1998, and they regularly train at their grounds in Sale.

Now the Spartans are planning to set up a team for women. They’ll have a taster session at the end of next week, where women can give rugby a try – regardless of whether they’ve played before.

Under the Rainbow has been speaking to Spartans player and their PR Spokesperson, Gareth Longley.

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Aug 2011 - Manchester Sharks Waterpolo Palaver

18 August 2011 by Pure Radio

Manchester Sharks are a gay and lesbian waterpolo club based in Manchester. You can join them this Saturday for Polo Palaver – a beginners session open to all. Go along to throw some balls around, learn the skills of waterpolo and meet the players. Gareth Parkinson from the club spoke to Under the Rainbow to tell us what they have planned.

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Village Spartans on Gareth Thomas

21 January 2010 by Pure Radio

Last month Welsh rugby union star Gareth Thomas came out publicly about his sexuality.

Under the Rainbow speaks to gay rugby team the Village Spartans about their reactions. Alex Smith and Gareth Longley from the team give us their opinion on the barriers for gay and bisexual men in sport.

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