On 27 April 2016, International
Gay Rugby (IGR) announced the names of the clubs who
have submitted a formal Intent to Bid letter for the
2018 Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament. Three
European clubs and one North American club have declared
their intention to submit a bid to host the biennial
Bingham Cup, recognised globally as the World Championship
of Gay and Inclusive Rugby.
The four clubs are:
• Muddy York RFC of Toronto, Canada
• ARC Amsterdam Lowlanders of Amsterdam, Netherlands;
• Kings Cross Steelers RFC of London, England,
• And, the Caledonian Thebans RFC of Edinburgh,
Jeff Wilson, IGR Chairman, said, “The selection
process of the next Bingham Cup is one of the most
important tasks that the IGR community undertakes.
On behalf of the trustees and the board, we thank
the Muddy York, the Lowlanders, the Kings Cross Steelers
and the Caledonian Thebans for taking the initiative
and leadership to potentially host the largest and
most inclusive Rugby tournament in the world by their
intent to bid. The bid process for the Bingham Cup
is a challenging set of tasks, which will result in
a world class plan to execute a professional and celebratory
event in any one of the four cities. Good luck to
the four Bid Committees in the process. We look forward
to their output at the Annual General Meeting.”
The next step in the 2018 Bingham Cup bidding process
is the multimedia presentation to the IGR Board at
the Annual General Meeting on 25 May 2016, with the
formal bid books due to the Trustees at midnight,
31 July 2016. After the trustee review period, approved
bid materials will be made public on 15 August, with
a follow-up inquiry call during the week of 8 September.
IGR expects to announce the award of the 2018 Bingham
Cup during the week of 30 September.
Further information about the Bingham Cup can be
found at BinghamCup.com.