03:45PM, Wednesday 03 November 2021
The Berkshire Unicorns are set to stage an inaugural 10’s Rugby Pride Tournament at Braywick Park later this month.
The Unicorn Unity Cup has drawn inspiration from previous International Gay Rugby (IGR) tournaments that have taken place including the Hadrian’s Cup, Union Cup and Bingham Cup, which have achieved notable national and international success.
The event, which takes place on Saturday, November 20, will see invited teams – such as the Newcastle Ravens, Wessex Wyverns and Reading Renegades – battle for supremacy in a series of 10’s matches and the winner will get to lift the Unicorn Unity Cup. IGR teams will be representing Berkshire Hampshire, Greater London, Northamptonshire, Sussex and Tyne and Wear.
The plan is for eight teams to play contact rugby in two pools of four teams culminating in a final to see who lifts the trophy.
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Since being formed in 2016 the Berkshire Unicorns have promoted inclusivity through playing rugby. It is hoped the tournament will further raise the profile of the club and encourage players of all abilities to sign up for their local club.
The ethos of the Unicorns has been to bring together the Berkshire and West London gay and bisexual community to play alongside straight teammates in an inclusive team that welcomes everyone, whatever their ability, background and sexuality. They cater for a beginner who’s never picked up a rugby ball before to more experienced players who fancy competing in a fun and social environment. The Unicorns currently play in the IGR Southern League (International Gay Rugby League) and are affiliated to the Berkshire RFU. They train at Maidenhead Rugby Club’s Braywick Park on Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm.
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