We really value safety, trying to engage people, making sure that you feel welcome and making a safe space for you, and trying to make sure that you have people to talk to.
If you want to make new friends, have fun, get fit and active, have something to do and feel safe, I would definitely recommend an inclusive rugby team.
For a long time I wasn’t sure an inclusive team was right for me, but since being part of one I have felt totally at home. It has enabled me to be myself, not having to worry about coming out has been a relief and has made fitting in so much easier – and it has also improved my performances.
If you are unsure whether it is right for you, but you want to participate in a sport, I would suggest approaching an inclusive team, talk to them, go to training and you’ll soon know if the fit is right for you. I have found it to be a really positive way to engage with sports, improve, gain confidence and make new friends.
As a queer person of colour with multiple disabilities, I’ve found it challenging to find spaces where I could feel comfortable enough to be myself. Inclusive spaces are great for that, especially when you’re trying something new, because when you feel safe, it’s easier to focus on what you’re doing.
When you feel like you’re not going to be judged, it’s easier to explore and develop your skills since you’re not as worried about looking silly or getting made fun of.
Inclusive clubs are also meant to be supportive and encouraging and that certainly helps in building confidence and developing your skills. They’re also great for meeting diverse, like-minded people.
It’s a bit of a pipe dream but I want to help create more inclusive clubs like the Rainbow Glasgaroos until there’s no need for explicit safe spaces because all spaces would be respectful and accepting of diversity.