Whether you’re an experienced player looking to return to rugby or a total beginner, looking to give rugby a try, Manchester Village Spartans RUFC, based at Sale Sports Club, have a place for you at our pioneering, Gay and Inclusive Rugby Union and Touch Rugby Club.

As the world’s second-ever LGBT+ Rugby Club and a founding member of International Gay Rugby (IGR) we’ve helped hundreds of LGBTQ+ and straight players discover, or return, to rugby by promoting the sport through projects such as Comic Relief’s Try For Change or England Rugby’s Spirit of 2012 and we continue to recruit players regardless of their gender, sexuality or rugby experience.

You don’t have to be gay to be a Spartan. You just have to have a good attitude.

Click for more info about Union or Touch and check our Club News page or Beginners’ Guide to Rugby Union.

“A positive atmosphere, good coaching.” 
“A great way to get fit.”
“Good fun great exercise.”
“Fitness. Teamwork. New skills. Social. Fun.”
It cannot be a more positive experience.
“A big part of my life for the last 5 years.”
“I love what it’s done for me and life in Manchester.”




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Event Series Union Training

Union Training

Sale Sports Club Rookwood, Clarendon Crescent, Sale, Manchester, United Kingdom

Spartans 1XV and 2XV Wednesday evening training is a mix of games and drills, skills and decision making in a game.  Intensity is high!

Event Series Development Training

Development Training

Sale Sports Club Rookwood, Clarendon Crescent, Sale, Manchester, United Kingdom

This is mostly for new and 3s players. However anyone is welcome to come down and practice skills or get some 1-1 coaching - even…

Rob Cox Tribute

In honour of ‘Coxy’ and with the permission of his family, Steve, Brad, Peppa and Brett, we are honoured to reproduce this fantastic tribute to the big gentleman.  

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