An inclusive rugby team in York, The York RI Templars, has announced their new partnership with York-based business, Jon Bell Counselling & Sports Psychotherapy.
In an exciting boost for the team, they have sealed a sponsorship deal which will see them sporting brand new training equipment, and having access to Counselling and Mental Fitness Workshops with Sports Psychotherapy specialist, Jon Bell.
A York RI RUFC team, The Templars are North Yorkshire’s first inclusive Rugby Union team. They aim to widen participation in sport and provide a safe and comfortable environment for LGBTQIA+ individuals. The Templars work to break down stigma and tackle discrimination, making the sport more approachable and accessible for those who would often not feel comfortable or welcome in sport.
Speaking about the new partnership, Jon Bell, Director of Jon Bell Counselling and Sports Psychotherapy, said “It’s an honour to be associated with York RI Templars. Not only are they a cracking group of people, they’re absolutely representative of the capacity for sport to step out of the tired stereotypes and show how an inclusive approach to rugby can mean it’s learned and loved by many more people who believed the game wasn’t for them. It absolutely is.
The training bibs look great and I can’t wait to see them put to use. I am really proud of this connection and Jon Bell Counselling & Sports Psychotherapy is delighted to be providing not only sponsorship but access to counselling and mental fitness workshops in the near future. Mental fitness is a huge part of a happy life and I have been really impressed at how the Templars are actively seeking to make this a part of their player offer.”
Dave Carr, Team Manager of The York RI Templars, added “As an Inclusive rugby team we promote the benefits of sport and how it can improve both physical and mental health. We are absolutely thrilled to be working alongside Jon Bell Counselling & Sports Psychotherapy who share our mission and values to ensure sport, especially rugby, is open to everyone.”
The York RI Templars are welcoming new players of all abilities. The team trains every Monday from 19:00 – 20:30 at York RI RUFC, New Lane.