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Sunday, May 27, 2018

JBG? welcome The Leeds Hunters RUFC



             Just A Ball Game? welcome The Leeds Hunters RUFC as a partner club.

We are very happy to announce that we are bringing The Leeds Hunters RUFC on board as a partner club.
The Leeds Hunters RUFC is an inclusive rugby club. 
The Club's primary aim is to provide, for any adult male aged 18 or over irrespective of race, sexual orientation, ethnicity and level of fitness or experience, a safe environment in which to enjoy the game of rugby. For all members, players, supporters and volunteers, The Leeds Hunters will always strive to foster an environment of mutual respect, equality, tolerance and teamwork, as well as promote cooperation, friendship and compassion both on and off the pitch.

Earlier this year as part of our LGBTHM events we visited the team training and found the club had recently been officially affiliated with Yorkshire Carnegie.

Tony Aimson, Leeds Hunters Chairman, said: “For a team who have recently celebrated their first anniversary, we are extremely honored to be affiliated with Yorkshire Carnegie, having their support along with experience and assistance with training will be a vast benefit to our players and coaching team. We are looking forward to a long relationship with Yorkshire Carnegie.”

Ever fancied giving rugby a try but been worried about taking the plunge? Fancy a new challenge?

All levels of ability - from zero previous experience upwards
All ages from 18+ LGBT+ and allies are welcome.

The aims and objectives of the club are:  
•   To offer playing and coaching opportunities in Rugby Union    
•   To promote the sport of Rugby Union    
•   To provide all services in a way that is fair to everyone    
•   To ensure that all present and future members receive fair and equal treatment    
•   To uphold the Rugby Core Values    
•   To provide a safe environment for members of all abilities to enjoy the game of rugby. 

Questions and answers about joining the club.

Do I need previous experience of playing rugby?

No! We are an inclusive team and that includes being inclusive of all levels of ability. We would welcome new players who have zero experience of playing rugby through to those that already play at a high level.

How often do you train?

We train twice a week (Wednesday evenings & Saturday mornings). We don't have a minimum attendance requirement but clearly those who train more regularly will better develop as a player and find themselves in a better position when it comes to selection for fixtures.

What is an inclusive team?

For us being inclusive means breaking down some barriers that exist for some people who ordinarily might not get involved in rugby for whatever the reason might be. 
Whilst our players are predominantly LGTB+ we also have straight players who are just as much part of the team. Sexual orientation is not a barrier - we welcome anyone regardless of how they might identify.

Where do you train?

Our home ground and training location is the Leodensian RUFC in north Leeds. Click below for our address.

How will I know if rugby is right for me?

You won't know until you try!
We are always on the look our for new members of the team. Get in contact with us to find out more about joining us for training. Your first months membership is free and after that you are under no obligation to continue. However we are sure that you'll love being a part of The Leeds Hunters RUFC family!

I want to join you for training, what should I bring?

If you've decided you want to get involved then drop us a message and we can let you know more information. The only requirement for training is a pair of boots and a bucket load of enthusiasm!

The Leeds Hunters RUFC
Crag Lane, Alwoodley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England LS17 5EW, United Kingdom


Monday, May 07, 2018




Thanks to extremely generous sponsorship from Jenny Rathbone Welsh Labour Assembly Member, we are happy to announce that former Wales and Everton legend Neville Southall MBE will join us alongside a number of other guest speakers at Cardiff’s Pierhead building on May 17th for an evening of chat and friendship to celebrate IDAHOBIT 2018 titled: NON LGBT+ ALLIES, AN ESSENTIAL CONNECTION.

Neville Southall champions the cause of both Bradford City LGBT+ fan group and JBG? stating: “I think it’s important that the football community and the LGBT+ community talk more, maybe that is something I can help with?”

Cardiff born gay man Bob Woods, a long term volunteer for JBG? who has a trans foster daughter says: “It's never been more important for LGBT+ activists and our allies to come together to defend the progress made and to move further forward in our fight against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, so please come to Pierhead to network, organise, resist!”

Roisin Wood, CEO of Kick It Out, said:
“The work that campaigning organisations such as Just A Ball Game? undertake plays an important role in promoting messages around LGBT+ inclusion and Kick It Out are pleased to endorse this event.”
“It is essential that discussions are held to raise awareness and address the current issues regarding discrimination against LGBT+ individuals and groups in sport and society. The event at the Pierhead Building promises to be a fantastic occasion in recognition of International Day against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.”