INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT

Goal: Rugby Clubs will provide a welcoming and inclusive Rugby Club environment.

This page contains information and resources intended to help promote Inclusion within Australian Rugby.

Australian Rugby is committed to removing discrimination, promoting accessibility and creating a welcoming environment for all levels of Rugby, from Grass roots to Elite Sport Performance.

Inclusion relates to many groups, including women, people with disabilities, indigenous players and mature age participants. Australian Rugby is involved in various initiatives which promote Inclusion, such as Wheelchair Rugby, Deaf Rugby, Women’s Rugby and Indigenous Rugby.

Please refer to our ARU Inclusion Policy and the Policy Register webpage

“Our new Inclusion Policy reinforces Australian Rugby’s commitment to ensuring every individual, whether they’re players, supporters, coaches or administrators, feel safe, welcome and included, regardless of race, gender or sexuality.” ARU CEO Bill Pulver, 29/8/2014

It is important that all of our clubs are committed to promoting inclusion and creating a safe and welcoming environment for all of their players. Australian Rugby Union’s (ARU) vision for reconciliation is to engage Indigenous Australians with opportunities to enhance their lives through a lifelong association with Rugby Union. ARU recognises that sport can be used to remove barriers and create genuine opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians that will assist in “Closing the Gap”.

For more information on ARU Reconciliation Action Plan click here.

Inclusive Environment Resources
Australian Sports Commission Inclusion in Sport Fact Sheet
Sport & Recreation Victoria Make Sport Inclusive
SA Recreation & Sport Inclusion
Good Sports, 'Healthy clubs, Strong communities' Good Sports
Disability Inclusion Education Play By The Rules
Inclusive Coaching Tips Coaching Tips

The above resources are highly insightful and nationally applicable. Please refer to your State specific website for further information.

QLD government have a campaign that is designed to motivate women and girls to become more active and participate in sport. Check out jointhe movement.

THE BINGHAM CUP

The Bingham Cup is a biennial international, non-professional, gay rugby union tournament, held in memory of Mark Kendall Bingham, an influential and openly gay rugby player.   In 2016 the Bingham festivities will be held from May 22nd to 29th in Nashville, Tennessee.

In the lead up to the 2016 Bingham Cup, Poppy Stockell has directed a documentary "SCRUM" based on the Sydney Convicts, who are Australia's first gay Rugby Union club, and the most successful club to have competed in the Bingham Cup.  As well as holding the current title for the 2014 Bingham Cup, the Convicts have won the Cup 3 times prior to this since the clubs creation in 2004.
Watch the SCRUM trailer