Cyncoed Ladies show their support to Rainbow Laces
The campaign aims to make sport everyone’s game by creating an environment that’s inclusive for LGBT fans and players. Every year Stonewall ask sports organisations to help raise awareness of anti-LGBT abuse, by asking clubs to show their support for the LGBT community. Research carried out last year found that 72% of football fans have heard anti-LGBT remarks at games over the last five years.
The Football Association of Wales (FAW), JD Welsh Premier League (WPL) and Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League (WPWL) have all supported the campaign, which ran from 24th November to 3rd December.
Jonathan Ford, Chief Executive of the FAW, said, “We are delighted to be joining forces with Stonewall Cymru on this year’s Rainbow Laces campaign. Sport brings us together. We celebrate together, we commiserate together. As Wales’ most popular sport, football has the power to bring people together like no other game, and our game is for everyone. That is why we are backing the campaign. There is no place for discrimination anywhere in sport and we hope that our support for Rainbow Laces will firmly reiterate that message.”
Andrew White, Director of Stonewall Cymru, said: ‘So many people make sport happen, not just the players or the managers – it’s everyone who attends a match, everyone who cheers on their team. To truly make sport everyone’s game, everyone needs to be involved and we’re thrilled to see Welsh football step up and show their support. Leadership like this makes it easier for others to stand up, speak out and be a proud ally to lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.’