There was a film made about the unlikely combination of Jamaica and snow, but “Cool Running’s” was both a critical and commercial success. Perhaps there is the same combination of humour, determination and energy in the tale of the Village Spartans, a rugby team based in the centre of Manchester
The landscape of the country was so very different 18 years ago, whether it be the “glass ceiling” or the acceptance of gay men in any sport.
So Jonathon Mayor, decided to get some exercise, make some more friends and start a rugby team, the first gay men team in the North West. Sometimes that venture requires an understanding of the rules, but when the Village Spartan tried to commence their first game, against a London based gay member team, no-one was quite sure how to start the game as only two of the players knew the rules
Fast forward to 2017 and the Spartans can call upon 125 players from the centre of Manchester, to play for one of their 3, inclusive teams, two of which operate in the North West Intermediate League.
They have received £20k of funding from the National Lottery via the Spirit of 2012 fund and are vying to win another National Lottery Award. President and one of the original founders, Jonathon Mayor, appreciates the difference it has made to both himself and others in trying to get people “fit-ish” and more involved with the community. The funding has allowed the club to carry out fundamentals such as training, kits and pitch fees