Manchester Village Spartans are pleased to announce their participation in the WR22 Calendar – part of The Worldwide Roar 2022.

Fifteen Spartans representing each one of the club’s squads, from Union to Touch, stripped off on a sunny Sunday afternoon in August to show their support (and some flesh) as a thank you to Sport Allies, the charitable organisation who have themselves given the Spartans a fantatsic amount of support over the years. 

We’re proud to be the first Rugby club to get involved with the campaign and are thrilled with our inclusion within the stunning WR22 Calendar and other Limited Edition products that will be sold in over 80 countries worldwide throughout 2022 and beyond.

Logged-in Spartans Players and Members with an active club membership (and Direct Debit) can purchase the WR22 Calendar below – directly from us today – and for those Spartan members who want to buy the limited edition deluxe version and other special items, all you need to do is ask for our special Spartans Members Discount Code before purchasing on the Worldwide Roar website by emailing pr@villagespartans.co.uk

Proceeds from every sale on the Worldwide Roar site will help fund Sport Allies and the fabulous work they do.

And don’t forget – every single penny from sales of the calendars below goes to Manchester Village Spartans! Hurray 🙂  


If you’d like to become a Spartans member as a trial player or supporter click here to apply.

Check out the video above for an an idea of what the ROAR is all about 

AND a few little peaks behind the scenes from the shoots.


WR22 Calendar


Beautifully produced and printed in England and featuring players from the Manchester Village Spartans.

15 Full colour full-size images
12 monthly planners
QR codes for bonus images, videos, updates and more
Size 29.7 x 42.0cm
(11.7” x 16.5”)
Weight 400g (14oz)
Includes A2 (42.0 x 59.4cm; 16.5” x 23.4”) pull out poster.

This £14.00 Spartans Supporters Calendar Offer is only available to purchase the standard WR22 calendar for despatch within the UK mainland or for collection from the clubhouse by arrangement following your purchase.  If you are an international customer, please instead visit www.worldwideroar.org to purchase your products / calendar using discount code SPARTANS10 or otherwise. Thank you.


The calendar that began a campaign and became a community!

Now back in a sizzling all-new edition for 2022, the third calendar as the Worldwide Roar features the widest ever range of active sportsmen including, your very own, Manchester Village Spartans.

Enjoy stunning views as our athletes show nearly everything in implied nude poses that everyone can appreciate.

You will get a fresh look at men throughout 2022 with rugby players in Manchester, competitive downhill mountain bikers in Mexico, and some of your favourite returning Roar faces!

Fifteen stunning images featuring thirty naked men in gorgeous locations across two continents make this a calendar that delivers something to love every month!

ALL the income generated from the sales of the standard calendar at this exclusive price of £14 for players and members of the Manchester Village Spartans through the Manchester Village Spartans website goes to our club.  Every single penny! So stock up now!

Why not buy one for your wall, one as a Christmas pressie and buy one to collect and keep forever?

We’ve joined the Worldwide Roar to show our support for Sport Allies, the registered charity working to make sport more inclusive, and ground-breaking research by an international academic team into the role of inclusion in mental health.

Produced and printed in England on top quality paper from sustainable sources, our A3 (29.7 x 42cm; 11.7” x 16.5”) 2022 wall calendar offers TWO pages for every month – one with a big picture and date bar, and a planner page that combines a smaller picture with the space and practicality you need to organize your life.

QR codes every month offer access to additional digital content that includes competitions, bonus videos, special offers and more.

To top it all off, there is a fantastic, fully-perforated pull-out poster (A2; 420 x 594mm; 16.5” x 23.4”) that will look great framed or unframed.

The calendar comes packaged in a protective cellophane wallet – our calendars are now highly collectible, so we want to make sure that they arrive in mint condition!

If you’d like to purchase a LIMITED EDITION signed copy of the WR22 Calendar (featuring full frontal images not available in the standard calendar) please email Yosh here and he will provide you with a discount code to make your purchase directly from the Worldwide Roar website.

NOTE: The standard Calendar product purchased on the Manchester Village Spartans website will be delivered to the player or member over the next several home matches or training sessions (upon arrangement with you via email or FB Messenger).  We have a limited number in stock available to despatch immediately. In the rare event you cannot make any fixture or training session to collect your order, Yosh will post it to your chosen delivery address but ideally, we’d like to avoid that to maximise the income to the club as we’re not charging for postage within mainland UK.



The Worldwide Roar’s new 2022 calendar showcases athletes of different ethnicities, ages and body types who offer nudity as a pledge of allydom

Manchester Village Spartans RUFC are among a host of guest stars who have stripped completely for location shoots in the UK and Mexico.

In a world dominated by how straight men look at women, the Roar’s annual Calendar and monthly Portfolio offer supporters a cultural  counterpoint through male nudity in artistic images and documentary film.

The Roar is now the central subject of the Athletes 4 Action research project run jointly by universities in the UK and Canada. (See Notes)

The Roar’s Collection of great gifts includes five stunning large-format coffee table books – and playing cards everyone will want to find in their stocking this year!!

The theme of International Men’s Day this year is “better relations between men and women”, and this is something that the Roar has long supported.

The WR campaign began when straight male athletes posed nude for a mainly gay male fanbase to highlight and challenge homophobia in sport.

The #metoo movement showed that there was a wider job to be done, and WR expanded its focus to highlight the distinction between how men and women are treated in the society.

The brutality that led to the #BLM movement, the rise of domestic abuse during lockdown and the recent murder of Sarah Everard by a serving police officer, have all shown again what a crucial role men must play in exploring and promoting new, healthier versions of masculinity.

WR project founder Angus Malcolm suggests that men must actively choose to become allies.

“It’s easy for men to blame problems like misogyny, homophobia, racism, abusive pornography and male violence against women on ‘a few bad guys’. The reality is that men who aren’t actively working to change things are complicit in maintaining a world where bad guy behaviour is still ok.”

He clarified the point:

“It is not about where you put your penis, or what colour it is, or how politely and consensually you introduce it to the world. The clue is that you have one. Men live in and help to maintain a system that has benefitted them at the expense of others. It is only by acknowledging our privilege as men and the damaged version of masculinity that has poisoned the lives of many, including men themselves, that we can escape this legacy. We can find our own freedom by helping others to find theirs. As allies.”

The solution that the Worldwide Roar has developed over more than a decade is to ask men to confront their relationships with masculinity from the ground up – and that means getting naked!

Long-time participant Lucas has been getting naked for the project since 2015 and is proud of the calendar’s evolution:

“I was part of the original “Warwick Rowers” team, and it was quite different back then. We were all good mates from similar backgrounds in very similar situations in life. It was still a massively enlightening journey for us to get naked together and show our bodies to the world, but the Roar has now become a much more powerful and lifechanging experience for the guys who join. Men of different ages, sexualities, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds all come together naked.”

Nick, who works in publishing, joined the project in 2019 through his membership of an inclusive rowing club in London. Making his second calendar appearance this year, he loves the direction the project is taking as it expands from rowing into other sports.

“We need redefine the all-male space. The Roar does that. Instead of enabling toxic banter among men who think alike, the Roar creates a healing space where a diverse range of men can come together to explore what masculinity means to them. It gives them perspective on how differently we experience life. It’s the key to becoming allies.”

One calendar star who will sadly be absent this year due to Covid restrictions is world-record holding rower and out LGBTQ+ Olympian Robbie Manson. Manson was the very popular centrefold in the calendar’s tenth anniversary edition for 2019 and had planned to strip off for the 2022 edition, this time with an inclusive rugby team to highlight the project’s growth:

“I had to break through some personal barriers to come out as LGBTQ+ and then a few more to get naked for inclusion! But it was definitely worth it. We must support men to break free from set ideas and expectations that are damaging to them and to the people around them. The urgency of this is becoming clearer every day.”

Luckily, the incredible guys at the Manchester Village Spartans inclusive gay rugby club had already bared all to give the Roar a very enthusiastic welcome into the world of rugby – on a surprisingly warm, dry and sunny day in Manchester! Spartans spokesman Yoshio Tazaki commented:

“Our club offers a route to a healthier lifestyle for people of all gender identities who may not have previously considered participating in a team sport, and we love the philosophy behind the Roar.

Although we were originally established with a small grant to help gay men lead more physically active lives, we are now fully integrated into competitive rugby and our men’s team includes players of all sexualities.”

Spartans player Dan added:

“What was so amazing about the shoot for the Roar was how a massive group of gay and straight men, Spartans and guests, all got naked together and created a truly memorable and uplifting experience. There were hilarious moments but what brought me the most joy was to see so many men drop their guards and embrace this very unusual moment together. We’re already planning to do more shoots with the Roar and would recommend it to any sports club.”