LGBT-Friendly Sports Clubs



Bloated from the Christmas blow-out? Struggling to downsize following excessive festive feasting? Instead of adding your name to the waiting list for an emergency tummy tuck why not fight the flab and extend your social network by taking up a sport?

Rugby may not instantly spring to mind as an activity associated with gay and bi men. But Caledonian Thebans RFC is one of the nation’s longest-running gay/bi-friendly sports clubs. While mostly made up of gay and bi men, players of all genders and abilities are welcome to the club, which trains regularly on Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons and has even organised a tour to Cardiff. Contact 07758 668784 or email for further details.

Meanwhile, Scotland’s Gay Outdoor Club (GOC) is an active social group within Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Borders. As well as hosting regular walks, the GOC is afiliated to cycling, mountaineering, hostelling and camping clubs. The organisation also hosts various social activities throughout the year. Please see for further details.

Also falling under the auspices of the GOC is the Edinburgh LGBT Swim and Gym Group, which meets in the foyer of the Royal Commonwealth Pool every Monday evening at 8pm. The emphasis is on socialising rather than pumping iron, and the group usually heads to the Blue Moon Café for a drink or a bite to eat from 9.15pm. Visit the GOC website for further information. Badminton enthusiasts are pointed firmly in the direction of Racqueteers, which meets on Thursday evenings from 7–9pm at the capital’s Meadowbank Stadium ( while keen runners can join the Edinburgh LGBT Running Group on Wednesday evenings, meeting at the Jawbone in the Meadows at 7pm. Email with ‘GOC’ in the subject line for further information.

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