Inclusive rugby club Aberdeen Taexali launch first-ever training bootcamp in bid to sign more players


Aberdeen Taexali Rugby Club is launching its first-ever training bootcamp in a bid to double its squad.

The Inclusive Club of Aberdeen, which is the northernmost of the International Gay Ruby (IGR) Clubs, aims to break down barriers that may prevent people from playing the sport.

Those barriers may include sexual orientation, race, gender, age or experience.

Aberdeen Taexali, which was founded in 2018, currently has 21 players in its squad and hopes to sign more through a free seven-week camp, starting October 24.

Training sessions will be open to anyone over the age of 18 and will take place at the Woodside Sports Complex, with newcomers able to learn and develop their rugby skills.

Taexali head coach and Garioch RFC player Grant Skene said: “As a founding member of Taexali I have seen dozens of players develop and develop their rugby skills.

“Around 85% of them had never played before, and seeing their love for the game grow was a highlight for me.

Taexali head coach Grant Skene promises to teach all the essentials of rugby in a relaxed and fun environment.

“Now as we approach our fourth anniversary and look to the future of the club, we hope to grow the team and introduce many more to rugby union.

“Start with the basics before moving on to drills and games, and the start of full contact training.”

Aberdeen Taexali participates in both an IGR team and part of Scottish Rugby Unionas players have competed in tournaments in Newcastle, London and Ottawa, Canada.

The club is also preparing to take part in the 2023 half-yearly gay and inclusive European Rugby Tournament and Union Cup, to be held in Birmingham in April.

Those attending the bootcamp will be invited to join Aberdeen Taexali’s first team for a scheduled game against fellow IGR Scotland team Glasgow Raptors in December.

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