YORK City’s home game against Notts County on Saturday, 13th February 2016 will mark the Club’s third annual Football v Homophobia match.
The Minstermen will be using the Notts County match to promote the message that football really is for everyone regardless of sexuality, and discrimination of any form is not welcome in the game.
As part of the Club’s efforts to tackle homophobia and to show support for the local LGBT community, York City has donated 100 tickets for the match to York Pride, an organisation they have supported for four years.
York City Communications and Community Director, Sophie McGill said, “We are proud to support the national Football v Homophobia campaign for a third year and are committed to tackling discrimination of all forms at York City Football Club. We are actively promoting the message to our supporters that football is for everyone.”
Sophie McGill added: “Hopefully our continued efforts to address homophobia in football and our work with York Pride will make a positive difference in the city and will lead to more acceptance of gay players and supporters.”
Lou Englefield, Director of Pride Sports said, “The leadership York City F.C. has shown on LGBT inclusion in football and their ongoing support for the Football v Homophobia campaign has been fantastic. The club works hard to communicate a message of inclusion to all its stakeholders and to the wider community. We wish them the best of luck with their designated Football v Homophobia game on 13th February.”
On Saturday 13th February, the York City players will warm up in Football v Homophobia T-shirts and rainbow flags will be presented on the pitch before kick-off by the ball boys and girls. There will also be anti-homophobia PA announcements before the match and at half-time and articles in the match programme promoting the Football v Homophobia campaign and York Pride.
Greg Stephenson, Chair of York Pride said, “It’s great to see York City F.C supporting the LGBT community again with their third Football V Homophobia match, since joining in with our Parade for the first time back in 2013 it’s been great to see our local football club support the LGBT community in such a significant and public way”
York City will also be supporting and attending York Pride 2016 on 18th June, which last year saw thousands of people march through the city as a show of solidarity for the York LGBT community.
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