The Bingham Cup

Publish Date: 30/05/2012

The Bingham Cup is named after Mark Bingham, a keen American rugby player who died in United Airlines flight 93 on September 11th 2001.

In the latest issue of outnorthwest we feature interviews with players taking part in the Bingham Cup and also a very special interview with Mark Bingham's mother who talks about her son’s legacy.

Alice Hoagland has attended every  Bingham Cup and is very much involved with the tournament. She said: “The Bingham Cup really is a special event for me. The fact that the tournament is named in Mark’s memory makes me very proud."

Hosting the Bingham Cup is a huge achievement for Manchester’s Village Spartans Rugby Club, who are bringing the tournament and its many followers to Manchester after the city won the bid over Sydney to host the sixth cup which takes place between 1-3rd June at Broughton Park RFC and will see players and fans visiting from 40 international clubs from all over the UK, Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia.

Bingham Cup Chairman Alex Smith proudly announces this years cup to be “the largest yet, with more players than ever before.”

Over the last few years the number of gay rugby teams has increased phenomenally and with support from the RFU and the RFL plus high profile figures such as Ben Cohen and Gareth Thomas encouraging LGB&T people to get involved in sport, to feel safe and to be encouraged to reach their potential is a highly appropriate way to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport and in life.

Prime Minister David Cameron is supporting the event. He said: “Sport should be about fair competition, not division, or hatred- and that’s what’s great about the Bingham Cup and why I’m delighted it’s being held in the United Kingdom.”

Preparations are almost complete for the three day tournament and Canal Street is already  getting checked out by the visiting rugby enthusiasts all taking in the sights and soaking up some lovely British weather! With pub crawls, Captains meetings and practice days this week, Friday Saturday and Sunday will be dedicated to the serious stuff of playing rugby. Ending the week will be a Gala closing dinner and after party on Sunday evening.

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