CHESTER’S MP proved handy in a line-out when he helped the city’s first gay and inclusive rugby club unveil its new kit.

Chris Matheson was guest of honour at the event held at the Old Queen’s Head pub on Foregate Street, which sponsors the Chester Centurions RUFC.

Club treasurer Matt Cook told The Standard: "Chester Centurions are very grateful for all the local support we have received that means we could hold our first kit night at the Old Queens Head in Chester.

“Particular thanks go to the Landlady Sandra who sponsored the kit and guest of honour Chris Matheson MP, who did very well in the line out too.

“It’s only with local support that we have come so far, so fast."

Formed just six months ago, the club welcomes all adults, regardless of gender, sexuality or rugby ability to learn and enjoy playing the sport in a welcoming environment with zero tolerance to homophobia and bigotry.

Matt added: “We are inspiring ambassadors who are breaking down the barriers of stereotypes, stigma and making everyone feel included.

“The brand new club is the 14th active, inclusive rugby union club in England and part of the LGBT sporting body known as International Gay Rugby (IGR) composed of over 90 member rugby clubs worldwide.

“We work with the RFU to stimulate the creation of new gay and inclusive rugby teams across the country in a project called ‘Spirit of Rugby 2012’, aimed at increasing the participation of under 24-year-olds in sports.

“Just six months since the first training session, the Chester Centurions already have over 35 regular members and have attracted enough sponsorship to buy our first-ever playing kit.”

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