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Union Cup Victory

12 June 2019

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Between 7 June and 9 June 2019, Sport Business and Leadership MSc student, Nao, played in the Union Cup, Europe’s largest LGBT+ inclusive Rugby tournament.

The Union Cup is the European non-professional LGBT+ inclusive rugby competition that takes place every two years in a different location. This year, 45 teams from fifteen countries over Europe participated in the two-day tournament in Dublin.

Nao was a player of Kings Cross Steelers 1st XV, based in Newham who won the Union Cup 2019. They defeated Manchester Village Spartans 65-0 in the final.

He said:

It was an amazing honour to be part of the champion team. What I really learnt from this two-day rugby festival is the power of inclusiveness in modern sports.

In coursework at Loughborough University London, we sometimes focus on the importance of diversity in sports as the future industry leader. So it was fantastic joining this event to develop further practical understanding, as well as being an achievement.


The Kings Cross Steelers have won all but one Union Cup so it is fantastic achievement for them – congratulations Nao for being part of the team!

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