Aberdeen’s Inclusive Rugby Club

Welcome to the new website of Aberdeen Taexali Rugby Club, the North East of Scotland’s inclusive rugby union club.

Check back here for the latest news, fixtures/results and updated information on the club.

The club was founded in 2018 by Aberdonian Bryan Sinclair and Ross Barr-Hoyland of the Leeds Hunters as a new inclusive rugby team for the North East of Scotland.

Aberdeen Taexali Rugby Club hosted its first taster session at Hazlehead Park Playing Fields on 4 November 2018, with five attendees picking up a rugby ball for the first time. Regular weekly sessions continued through the winter months.

Since then, due to overwhelming demand the club has seen the addition of a second midweek rugby training session, and an inclusive gym session hosted by Warehouse Health Club.

2019 saw the formation of the club with a committee appointed and constitution written.

In May 2019, the club marched in the Grampian Pride parade with a giant inflatable rugby ball and hosted its own stall in the Pride Village.

The club was nominated for the Community Award at the Pride Scotland Awards in Glasgow the following week.

In June 2019, Chairman Bryan Sinclair and coach Grant Skene joined the fellow inclusive rugby team the Glasgow Alphas at the 2019 Union Cup in Dublin. Union Cup is Europe’s largest LGBT+ inclusive rugby tournament and hosted over 45 teams from 15 countries. The next Union Cup is scheduled to take place in the city of Birmingham in 2021, with Aberdeen Taexali planning to compete as a full team.

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