TOP AWARD FOR UK'S FIRST GAY RUGBY CLUB
Britain's first rugby club for gay and bisexual men has made
history by receiving a top national rugby award in recognition of the
progress made by the club's 1st XV in the RFU English Clubs Championship
during the 2001-2002 season. The team has been named 'Rugby World/Tetley's
Team of the Month' and features in the latest issue of the magazine.
This prestigious title is open to more than 1,800 British and Irish
rugby clubs outside the Premiership (or its equivalent). Only eight teams
in the UK and Ireland receive this award annually and the Steelers is
the first gay team in the world to achieve such an honour from the rugby
During the 2001-2002 season the Steelers won matches
against seven of the other nine clubs in their division of the league
(Eastern Counties 3 South), including a 20-0 win against league division
winners Burnham on Crouch RUFC.
"Winning the 'Rugby World/Tetley's Team of the Month' award is a major
honour for our club and sends a clear message that Rugby Union truly
ranks as one of the most inclusive sports in Britain," said Steelers'
chairman Alex Standish.||
"We are confident that this high-profile
recognition will boost our recruitment of talented players for the forthcoming
season. Our next goal will be to win our divison of the league and
achieve promotion in 2003".