THE only inclusive rugby union team in Glasgow has signed a three-year agreement with LGBT Youth Scotland.

Glasgow Alphas RFC, who train at Clydebank Community Sports Hub, have agreed to promote participation for young people in rugby.

The agreement that was signed commits both organisations to engage and encourage LGBTI people to be fully involved in rugby union.

It also requires them to work together to encourage government, sports organisations and other public and private bodies to develop policies that are inclusive of the LGBTI community.

Adam Harrison, Glasgow Alpha’s chair who signed the agreement on behalf of the club, said: “This is a historic day for the Alphas. Many who join the club do so because it provides them with a safe space to play the sport they love.

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“This agreement will help us to build on this and allow more LGBTI people to realise that who they are shouldn’t stop their ability to play and enjoy rugby.”

“Inclusive rugby is expanding rapidly here in the UK and around the world. There are now more than 100 teams that affiliate to International Gay Rugby (IGR), the worldwide body of inclusive rugby.

“Working with LGBT Youth Scotland will allow us to introduce people to an ever-growing family of inclusive rugby and be embraced by a community that welcomes everyone.”

Jane Griffin at LGBT Youth Scotland added: “We’re excited to be partnering with the Alphas for the next three years. Providing role models in sport for LGBT+ young people is an important step in encouraging participation and we look forward to working with the team.”