The Melbourne Chargers formed in 2009 with the purpose of creating a rugby team where new players could learn the game in an accepting environment and players who had left the sport because of their sexuality could play openly.
We aim to contribute to the promotion and development of the sport of Rugby Union in Victoria and to provide a new and diverse social opportunity for same-sex attracted people.
The club was founded on five core values by a group who love rugby and who happen to be gay.
Our values are:
1. Melbourne Chargers RUFC is inclusive and welcomes everyone with an interest in rugby whatever their age, fitness level or sexuality.
2. We are active and promote fitness, wellbeing and healthy lifestyles in our communities.
3. The club is encouraging and provides a supportive environment for new players to learn the sport and develop skills.
4. The Melbourne Chargers are competitive and we continually strive to increase our performance at all levels.
5. Melbourne Chargers Rugby is about mateship and fosters camaraderie on and off the field.
The club has now completed three seasons in the Victorian Rugby Union competition and, together with the Sydney Convicts, won the 2010 Bingham Bowl competition in Minneapolis, USA.
The Chargers’ travelled to Manchester, England, in June 2012 to represent Melbourne for the first time ever in the Bingham Cup tournament. We notched up some convincing victories on the way to the final of the Alice Hoagland division, eventually losing to the London Kings Cross Steelers.
The seventh Bingham Cup will be held in Sydney in August 2014, bringing up to forty teams and 1,000 players from cities all over North America and Europe as well as Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne
“Rugby today is the most explicitly inclusive of the football codes. There has always been a place for the thin, fat, short, tall, young, not-so-young and everything in between, and gay and bi men have been playing since the sport’s inception. Up until recently there has been a perceived barrier for gay and bi men, preventing them from either playing the sport, or playing it while being open about their sexuality.
These barriers are rapidly breaking down and the Chargers are proud to be a part of making it happen.
The Chargers welcome the involvement of anyone who shares our explicit goals of promoting diversity in the sport of Rugby Union, and removing sexuality as a barrier for people playing the sport”
Sam Minter, Club President
VIC 3000 Melbourne