The Hull Roundheads were put together by members of the LGBT community but anyone can join regardless of gender, sexuality or race.
It is a city steeped in rugby traditions, and now Hull has just made another bit of sporting history.
After consulting with members of the LGBT community in the city, Hull’s first gay rugby team has been formed with plans to “conquer the world of inclusive rugby”.
After speaking to members of LGBT rugby teams in Leeds, Sheffield and other Yorkshire towns and cities, Mike Elvy, 30, mooted the idea of putting together a similar team in Hull.
And in just two days, following an unprecedented amount of interest, there was enough interest to create Hull Roundheads.
Mr Elvy, who lives in Beverley, said: “I was speaking to a couple of friends who play for other teams across the UK and they were telling us about what they do, how often they train and I thought ‘why doesn’t Hull have anything like this?’
I put the feelers out on Facebook and within two days we had a full team.
The Roundheads is a nod to Hull’s history when King Charles I was blocked from entering the city by parliamentarians, who were also known as ‘roundheads’, during the English Civil War in 1642.
Thanks to the amount of interest, the club has a social planned for next Thursday at Savile Row in Hull before a full training session on September 2.
Mr Elvy hopes the team will have joined the International Gay Rugby (IGR) league in time for the Bingham Cup in two years’ time.
He says the main goal of the team is to create a safe place for gay and bisexual men and women to play rugby but he insists that anyone is welcome to join the club.
He said: “Hull is a massive rugby city as it is so we just couldn’t get our heads around why we didn’t have a team. We wanted to create a safe place for guys who can play rugby, regardless of whether they have played before or not.
“Some gay or bisexual men may not want to get into mainstream rugby because of the repercussions which they may face. We’ve got a mixture of beginners and those who are more experienced and we hope this team will be a huge step in the right direction for Hull.”
Although Hull is a rugby league city, the Roundheads have formed a rugby union team with plans to play on sports pitches at the University of Hull.
“I know Hull is predominantly a league town but I hope that won’t cause too much of a stir,” Mr Elvy said.
The Roundheads may have enough people already to form a team but Mr Elvy is keen for as many people as possible to get involved regardless of gender, sexuality or race.
He said: “We just want to show that there is that space for the LGBT community to play rugby and it’s a place where people can feel comfortable and safe playing the sport.
We are really looking forward to getting the team together and none of us can still believe just how quickly this has all come together.
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