Melbourne Rebels’ Sam Jeffries, Tom English and Jonah Placid took time out of their busy pre-season training schedule to attend the 2016 GLBTIQ Sports Festival at Footscray Park on Saturday.
The Sports Festival, run by Team Melbourne, aims to increase sports participation amongst the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (GLBTIQ) community through a friendly ‘come and try’ format.
The three players, along with the Melbourne Chargers, were on hand to provide Rugby Union advice and tips.
Rebels winger Tom English has been a strong supporter of the Chargers for several years.
“The Chargers are powerful ambassadors for both Rugby Union and the GLBT community in Melbourne so I try to get down to their training sessions and provide support when I can,” English said.
The Chargers are Melbourne’s only gay inclusive Rugby team and have a strong relationship with the Super Rugby club, via former Rebels Adam Freier, an alumni member, and Lachlan Mitchell currently coaching.
Chargers Club President Daniel Syrus has been delighted with the Rebels ongoing support.
“The Rebels have really helped our recruitment drive and we are proud of our connection and their ongoing support. Sam Jeffries is a natural coach!” Syrus said. “Last year’s curtain raiser ahead of the Waratahs game against the Sydney Convicts was a highlight of our season.”
**adopted from Melbourne Rebels: http://www.melbournerebels.com.au/news/article/rebels-and-chargers-team-up-for-glbti-sports-festival**