Welcome to Bingham Cup Amsterdam 2018

On this site you will find information concerning Bingham Cup Amsterdam 2018, the biennial world championships of gay and inclusive rugby, which will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in June 2018.

Stay tuned to this site as information will be updated as it becomes available, but be sure to also follow us on social media using the links on this page.

Prepare for impact
Bingham Cup Amsterdam 2018 will be all about impact. We will show the world why we love rugby so much, while breaking barriers of homophobia in sport, promoting social inclusion and strengthening rugby in the Netherlands.

Dates & location
Tournament play takes place 8-10 June 2018. It all starts with the Opening Ceremony on 7 June. The Closing Ceremony and Closing Party will be on 10 June.

A number of social events will be organised before, during and after the tournament, starting with a welcome party on 2 June and ending with a farewell reception on 11 June. Rugby clinics and pre-tournament team trainings are scheduled on 6-7 June.

We’ll be based at four host hotels, all close to each other, in Amsterdam. The pitches are located in suburban Amstelveen – 10 km from the city centre – with a free shuttle service on tournament days. (We have 8 grass pitches to play on, plus 3 artificial pitches for warm-up.)

Register as a participant
It will become possible to register as a participant of Bingham Cup Amsterdam 2018 (as a team/squad, as an individual player or as staff/supporter) through this site at the end of September  2017.

Prices are as follows, excluding a € 5.75 IGR fee and payment processing charges:

Registration fees include: entry to the Opening Ceremony, incl. food and drinks, tournament bag, shuttle bus service between hotel area and tournament venue, entry to tournament grounds, entry to player’s village, use of tournament facilities, lunches during the tournament, physio support and medical assistance during the tournament and entry to the Closing Ceremony and Closing Party.

Amsterdam, the Dutch capital
Amsterdam is one of the world’s most open and progressive (dare we say: liberal) cities. We would love you to come and enjoy it with us. Amsterdam’s biggest draw is the city itself. With 165 canals and 1,500 bridges, the ‘Venice of the North’ has even more waterways than its Italian cousin. At its heart is the 17th-century canal ring lined with perfectly preserved houses throughout. Please find your official guide to the Dutch capital here.

The Netherlands
Never played rugby below sea level? Now’s your chance! They say “God created the world, but the Dutch created the Netherlands” with good reason. Without our cherished dikes, two-thirds of the land we love simply would not exist. From swamps and seas, we have built a tiny nation with outsized influence – a leading force in water management, agricultural innovation and international trade, one of the world’s hottest start-up hubs and a champion of LGBTQI rights worldwide.

International travel
Tournament participants will have to arrange their travel to Amsterdam and their stay in Amsterdam before, during and after the tournament themselves. Where possible we will support you with these arrangements.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has direct flights from 319 cities around the globe. Most Bingham Cup participants will find daily direct flights to Amsterdam, and no one is more than one stop away.

For those already in Europe, high-speed trains serve Amsterdam from Paris (3h20), Cologne (2h40) and Brussels (1h20). Eurostar connects London with Amsterdam in about five hours (a high-speed London-Amsterdam line is rumoured to open by Easter 2018). Traditional train service connects Berlin with Amsterdam in about six hours.

Travel from North America
Our sponsor GoPlay Sports Tours is here to help book everything. Contact Marc Amigone at the number below to start planning.

Travel from other regions, booking activities in Amsterdam
Our sponsor Amsterdam Quality Events and Bookings is standing by to book your international travel to Amsterdam and local activities – from day trips and boat tours to group meals and kangaroo court venues. Please send requests to this email and they’ll be happy to help.

We’re holding rooms for up to 1,640 people in four Bingham Cup Amsterdam 2018 host hotels. Prices range from € 35 to € 80 per person per night, including breakfast. The largest of the four, Hotel Casa400, will be the tournament HQ for all meetings and player registration. The other hotels include the Volkshotel, the Student Hotel and Stayokay Hostel.

Our host hotels are located on the east side of Amsterdam, next to the Amstel Station for convenient train, bus, tram and metro connections. On tournament days, a free shuttle will run between the hotels and the pitches. Reservations for your stay before, during and after the tournament will open at the end of September at this site.

The distance between the Bingham Cup Amsterdam 2018 host hotels and the tournament venue in Amstelveen is approximately 10 km. Ample morning shuttle service will ensure all participating teams arrive in time for warm-up and matches. Shuttles will continue to run regularly throughout the day, increasing in frequency as play draws to a conclusion.

Your hosts
Bingham Cup Amsterdam 2018 will be hosted by the ARC Amsterdam Lowlanders Rugby Club, Amsterdam Lowlanders for short, an inclusive men’s rugby team founded in 2003. We aim to organise a tournament that is professional, personal and warm. That is why the tournament will take place at our home, the Amstelveense Rugby Club (ARC).