Football clubs across England will be lacing up to help inspire, educate, and encourage allyship to support LGBT+ inclusion over the coming weeks
Hertfordshire FA will join The FA, the Premier League, EFL, Barclays FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship and thousands of National League System and grassroots clubs in support of the Rainbow Laces campaign, which aims to work across communities to Make Sport Everyone’s Game.
Running from 26 November to 13 December, Rainbow Laces will be worn on the pitch when possible, with the campaign also focusing on online support to celebrate and galvanise LGBT+ people and allies across communities. Wednesday 9 December will be marked as Rainbow Laces Day with everybody encouraged to share their support online.
The combined efforts of all involved generate awareness of and help tackle homophobia, transphobia and biphobia abuse. While progress has been made, there is still much work to be done to encourage people to be active allies of LGBT+ people and to make the game truly inclusive.
Research from Stonewall, the UK’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights charity, says more than two in five [43%] think public sporting events are not a welcoming space for LGBT+ people.
Karl Lingham, Hertfordshire FA CEO said: “Hertfordshire FA is committed to making the game truly accessible to everyone. We are proud to support the Rainbow Laces campaign and each year we are seeing greater awareness and an increasing willingness from people to tackle all forms of discrimination.”
Show Your Support
Any leagues or clubs that want to show their support for the campaign can find a range of free resources by following the link below.
Rainbow Laces Resources