Passing through Weetwood today? Then watch out for the Rainbow flag flying proudly over the rugby ground.
The LGBT+ Pride flag will be flying to mark the first time an inclusive team based in Yorkshire will officially play one from another region.
Kicking off at 2pm on Saturday 18 March, The Leeds Hunters will take on The Newcastle Ravens at their new home on Weetwood playing fields.
Launched in November 2016 as the city’s first LGBT+ Inclusive rugby team, Leeds Hunters RUFC has members who identify as gay, straight and bisexual. Ranging in age from 18 up to 48 and of varying fitness levels, the number of players involved has increased week on week through the club’s recruitment of players through the RFU’s Return to Rugby programme, aimed at encouraging men to get back into the game.
The team was set up with support from Leeds Inclusive Sports working group, which works with representation from all inclusive sports groups in Leeds in response to requests from members of the LGBT+ community.
Councillor James Lewis, Leeds City Council deputy leader and LGB&T+ champion, said:
“Of the 53 current members of the team, approximately half weren’t previously involved in any fitness activities, with the majority of the remainder not participating in group sports.
“One of the aims of Leeds Health and Wellbeing strategy is to get more people, more physically active, more often. LGBT+ inclusive clubs such as The Leeds Hunters are certainly doing this.”