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Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Hyde continue links with anti-homophobia organisation

Hyde FC have become the first club in the world to permanently display a Just A Ball Game? pro-diversity and anti-homophobia banner inside their ground.
Just A Ball Game banner

The club, who became affiliated with Just A Ball Game? last season, are sticking to their commitments to the challenging issues lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender players and fans of the beautiful game face as part of a matchday experience.
Just A Ball Game? remain one of the very few European groups who aim to challenge discrimination in the game.
The organisation was set up by founding director Lindsay England who has spent 8 years trying to eradicate the abuse and prejudice that remains within football, and believes the action taken by Hyde FC is a huge step forward:
We are grateful for the ongoing support one of the smaller semi-professional clubs in Hyde FC are taking and hope that this initiative will be picked up by other British clubs.
Displaying an anti-homophobia banner pitch side on a permanent basis helps to send out the message of zero tolerance towards eradicating people’s discriminatory attitudes, and also helps to show there is a welcoming environment for those who identify as LGBT and wish to be part of a “football family” who might otherwise be fearful and turn away from the sport.

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