Over the past decade or so a number of sports and physical activity related clubs have been established in Dublin to support the health and wellbeing of our LGBTQ+ Community. Below is a brief overview of these clubs, all of which are known to be very welcoming and accepting of people who identify as LGBTQ+.
Dublin Devils F.C.
Since 20005 the Dublin Devils have been providing an outlet for members of our community to play football in a fun and safe environment. They train weekly and have both a competitive team and social league operating in tandem which enables them to cater for all levels of skill and ability. They have organised a number of trips abroad as a team over the years and will be competing as part of Team Ireland at the Euro Games in Rome this summer!
Dublin Front Runners Athletics Club
Also established in 2005, the Dublin Front Runners aim to provide a healthy, athletic and social experience to members of the LGBT community and their allies. They cater for all levels of runner, from complete beginner to competitive athlete, and believe that there is something for everyone on their Saturday morning and Wednesday evening runs. Their upcoming Pride Run on Friday June 21st is sure to be a sell out so sign up soon to avoid disappointment.
Dublin Pride Run: http://dublinfrontrunners.ie/wp/index.php/event/dublin-pride-run-2019/
Facebook Couch to 5k: https://www.facebook.com/dfrcouchtofivek/
Emerald Warriors Rugby Football Club
Founded in 2003, the Emerald Warriors describe themselves as an open and inclusive rugby team. They have a vision of becoming the world's leading LGBTI inclusive rugby club and aim to do this through achievements both on and off the pitch, by providing a good example for other clubs, and through achieving success both at home and internationally. The Warriors will host the Union Cup in June 2019, an event which is expected to be the largest of its kind to date.
Union Cup: https://unioncupdublin.ie/
Flaming Feathers Badminton Club
Since January 2018 the Flaming Feathers have been creating more opportunities for LGBTQ+ community members to participate in badminton on both a social and competitive level. The club is coordinated by a small committee and has grown steadily in numbers over the past 17 months. They train weekly and offer a safe space for anyone to take part regardless of skill, race, gender, age or sexuality. The club will also be sending members to the Roma Euro Games in July!
In4Squash is a squash group for gay women and men which has a network of clubs and social squash players from around Ireland. Since November 2007, there have been monthly meetings for men and women in the Dublin area. In4Squash members can join other squash clubs but some members choose to only play squash socially with the club. In between ‘meets’ players challenge one another either informally or through the use of online squash ladders. Wet n Wild, one of Dublin’s LGBTQ social meetups, host squash meetups in conjunction with In4Squash on a regular basis.
Facebook: private facebook group. Search “In4Squash” to join.
Originally formed as Out4Tennis in 2006, the club went through a number of changes before re-launching itself in 2012 as Out2Tennis. This club caters to every level of player and is inclusive for all members of the gay community and their friends. While there is a social side to the club they also compete in a number of tournaments throughout the year. They organise their own annual tournaments in which all levels can compete. Their main event is held on the May Bank Holiday weekend each year when they welcome international players to Dublin to compete.
Out and About Gay Hiking Club
Out and About is a friendly Dublin-based hiking club for the lesbian and gay community and their friends. For over 25 years the club has organised regular hillwalking, hiking and mountaineering events in the local Wicklow Mountains, along with trips to destinations further afield in Ireland and abroad. New members, and visitors to Ireland, are always very welcome to come along and join them for a day out in the mountains.
Phoenix Tigers Women’s Football Club
In 2004 a group of lesbian women came together to found the Phoenix Tigers with the aim of promoting soccer within the LGBT community in Dublin and nearby localities. They provide an opportunity for women to make new friends and have some fun through sport. Taking part will also improve fitness levels and introduce people to their peers in the LGBT community. This team trains every Thursday, usually at the YMCA on Aungier Street, and cater for all levels of ability.
Pink Ladies Hockey Club
The Pink Ladies hockey club was formed in 2011 and has since grown into a team in which over 60 individuals have worn their club jersey. They cater for all levels, from complete beginners to ex-international Irish hockey players, and pride themselves on having such a diverse range of women who join the club to play sport and socialise with their peers. Their new season kicks off on Thursday May 9th at the Railway Union Club in Sandymount (7.30-9pm). The Pink Ladies will also be sending a team to the Roma Euro Games to compete this July.
The groups below do not focus solely on one sport or in particular physical activity but they have in the past run physical activity related meetups and are a great way to make new friends in the LGBTQ+ community.
LGBT Girls Health and Fitness: https://www.meetup.com/LGBT-girls-health-and-fitness/
LGBTQ+ 20s 30s Dublin Ladies: https://www.meetup.com/lgbtq-2030-ladies-dublin/
Running Amach LGBTQ Women’s Social Networking Club: https://www.meetup.com/Dublin-LGBTQ-Womens-Social-Networking-Club/
Wet & Wild Sports Club: https://www.meetup.com/Wet-Wild/
If your club is missing or if you’re interested in starting a new LGBTQ+ inclusive sports club please get in touch with us here at Sporting Pride.