Portraits of Pride celebrates the passion and diversity of players across the game of rugby union. The project is the brainchild of Andy Barnham and the Manchester Village Spartans, one of the world’s first Gay and Inclusive Rugby Clubs, formed in 1999 on Canal Street in Manchester, who started the project to help raise awareness of rugby for all.
The benefits of team sports, in addition to the obvious benefit that physical exercise offers, include enhanced communication, co- ordination, team work and camaraderie. Being part of a team also widens one’s social circle and sport is known to improve one’s mental well being.
Portraits of Pride offers a platform and voice for the players to tell their story and express themselves. The aim is both to encourage players back and also inspire new players to the sport.