Portraits of the Sale Sharks, the Premiership Rugby team based in Manchester, taken at their Carrington Lane training ground at the end of the 18/19 season. The portraits were taken in support of the Manchester Village Spartans RUFC, Manchester’s gay and inclusive rugby union football team based at Sale Sports Club. The portraits were printed, signed and auctioned to raise funds for the Spartans at their 20th birthday dinner.
Manchester Village Spartans RUFC is Manchester’s gay and inclusive rugby union football team based at Sale Sports Club, Manchester. Founded in 1998 in Manchester, UK, the Village Spartans are the second oldest gay and inclusive rugby team in the United Kingdom. These portraits taken as part of their 20th birthday celebrations.
The London Stags RFC were formed in Spring 2019 and currently have over 100 members, 56% of whom had never touched a rugby ball before to their involvement with the club. These portraits were taken over the course of the Stags’ inaugural year. The club introduced me to International Gay Rugby and helped kick off Portraits of Pride.