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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Open Letter to IOC FIFA UEFA, HOMOPHOBIA AT RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES MUST BE ADDRESSED.




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                                                                                                                                          10.08.2016.
DEAR IOC FIFA UEFA.



OPEN LETTER TO IOC FIFA UEFA, HOMOPHOBIA AT RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES MUST BE ADDRESSED.

Campaign organisation JUST A BALL GAME? (JBG?) call on IOC and FIFA to condemn the homophobic insults directed at players at RIO 2016 Olympic Games football matches and address these issues as a priority to ensure the safety of everyone including LGBT players/coaching staff and those in the stands.
JBG? believe that the very public chanting of “bicha” in the stadiums witnessed by fans and journalists is unacceptable and urges all Football Authorities globally to take a stand against this type of behaviour.

Moving forward JBG? would like assurances from UEFA that players competing in the Women’s Euro 2017 finals in the Netherlands will be given the protection and support necessary should similar incidents occur. JBG?  would also like to see UEFA  work in collaboration in the lead up to and during the tournament with organisations like ourselves and LGBT fan groups to educate stadium event day staff in dealing with homophobic discrimination promptly, alongside educating supporters on what is acceptable language and we call for official anti-discrimination event days to raise awareness of LGBT inclusion and visibility.

A spokesperson for JBG? says,” Too often it’s a given that homosexuality is fully accepted in all women’s sport and that athletes do not face any discrimination, however during the 2015 Women’s World Cup only 14 of 552 players felt comfortable to speak to the media on being OUT PROUD and KICKING.”

“In England with the popularity of the FA WSL increasing rapidly how long will it be before we have to endure the homophobic chants of the type we have seen at Rio 2016? There is therefore a need for the FA and clubs to be pro-active and nip in the bud isolated incidents of this nature.”

Lisa Durel who writes for Women’s Soccer France had this to say, “Making homophobia commonplace is disrespectful to players/ staff and also fans who identify as being LGBTQ. If we fight homophobia by banning it from the stands this creates the correct atmosphere for players and fans alike and people will gain in confidence in being themselves and women’s soccer will get what it deserves, full recognition and a safe environment to support, cheer and share the best of moments.”

To date all we have read from FIFA is spokeswoman Carolina Almiron present at USA game claiming she didn’t hear any anti-gay slur, and stating, “I don’t think it’s an issue” followed by stating FIFA would not be taking any action unless there was a ‘formal protest’ from the US.

 Yours Sincerly JUST A BALL GAME?






Monday, June 20, 2016

WELCOME ON BOARD NEW PATRON- DONCASTER ROVERS BELLES- NICOLA HOBBS









WELCOME ON BOARD NEW PATRON- NICOLA HOBBS.

Here at JUST A BALL GAME? (JBG?) we are very pleased to announce Doncaster Rovers Belles  goalkeeper NICOLA HOBBS as our latest addition to our patrons.
Born in Portsmouth Nicola’s family moved to Lincolnshire for her primary and secondary school years, it was here as a teenager she became aware of her sexual orientation. I was aware that I fancied the same sex at an early age but was confused and didn't express this fully till I was 16.

Football is only one of Nicola’s skills her full time job is that of a fire-fighter.
Nicola says. “I came out before starting work but all my colleagues have been fantastic with it. Some have seen it as a negative and say I am a tick in the box but I don't really care for attitudes like that so I ignore it or report it if it's offensive.”
“At the ‘Belles’ all my team mates are amazing with it as they are friends and I am who I am, just like they are, and I wouldn't change any of them.”

Nicola had this to say about becoming a figurehead for the campaign organisation. It's a massive privilege to be a patron to JBG? it is a very important cause and support mechanism that could change people's lives. It's an honour to have been asked.”


http://www.justaballgame.co.uk/patrons


Friday, June 10, 2016

CIRQUE partner with JUST A BALL GAME?



 JUST A BALL GAME? proud to announce partner organisation- CIRQUE.





Cirque a new Burlesque show bar provides bespoke entertainment alongside serving champagne, cocktails and vodka in a discreet and exclusive Victorian venue a short distance from Manchester City centre. 

With customer bookings coming from varied communities and cultures embracing the North West's attitude of open-mindedness and acceptance, the management team, bar staff, dance troop and security at Cirque are proud to come on board and show inclusive visible support for the work and campaign initiatives delivered by JUST A BALL GAME?


 Owner of the venue showcasing the unique and exciting experience Irene Kinsella says:
"Here in Manchester the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) community is no longer a niche consumer segment but an influential group whose voice grows stronger with LGBT culture becoming a driving force of the city's mainstream nightlife."
"At Cirque we are recognising the importance of championing equality and diversity within the entertainment industry, and also raising awareness and valuing the contribution a diverse workforce brings" 

 Cirque La Vie is a weekly Saturday night event through until 1am.This show provides the ultimate in entertainment, with no two weeks ever the same. The in-house dance troupe constantly brings audiences new routines and different aspects to the show, alongside guest’s favourite acts. The venue also holds regular burlesque classes to get you in the mood for show time, with celebration packages available – guaranteed fun and frolics from start to finish!

More details for Cirque here: http://www.cirqueburlesque.co.uk/



 





















Wednesday, April 06, 2016

GAY RUGBY LEAGUE PLAYER -REECE ROBERTSON, JUST A BALL GAME?’s NEW PATRON.

                                    JUST A BALL GAME? - MEDIA RELEASE.   


  





GAY RUGBY LEAGUE PLAYER -REECE ROBERTSON, JUST A BALL GAME?’s NEW PATRON.


Here at JUST A BALL GAME? (JBG?)  we are excited to announce our first patron from the world of Rugby League in former Keighley Cougars junior-Reece Robertson.
As an 18 year-old playing Rugby League and working in a brewery pub while studying at University, Reece Robertson is your average young man, who just happens to identify as Gay! 


A couple of years back Reece wrote an article for an LGBT news page, he then took the brave decision and came out to his team mates not once but twice, the result, mostly positive. Reece says, “I thought to myself, I have come out to the rest of the world, why should I hide who I am from my team mates?” “They didn’t care, I had played alongside most of these boys since I was 7 years old, I was still the same Reece.”
A year later Robertson was playing for a re-formed Keighley Albion open age side, he left the field of play on a high as man of the match, back in the changing rooms an ex-junior team mate mentioned his sexuality, Reece’s heart began to race. One of the older players laughed then commented, “He’s played awesome, he’s an Albion boy, who cares about his sexuality.”




On becoming a Patron for JUST A BALL GAME? Reece had this to say,” I am gratified at being asked to become a Patron of JBG? who are starting to work towards eradicating homophobia from football and other sports, and I very much wanted to support their campaigns. It’s good to raise awareness on LGBT issues and great to get community people together.”




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Monday, March 14, 2016

Manchester United FC u17 Centre of Excellence player Emily Ramsey signs as youngest ever Patron of JUST A BALL GAME?



Manchester United FC u17 Centre of Excellence player Emily Ramsey signs as youngest ever Patron of JUST A BALL GAME?
For a number of years now Just A Ball Game? (JBG?) have been proud to build on an LGBT/ straight alliance and we are very excited to announce our youngest ever Patron and straight ally in Emily Ramsey.
 At 15 years old Emily plays Goalkeeper for Manchester United u17 Centre of Excellence team and is also a current England u16 squad member after making her debut against Germany in November 2015 at St. George’s Park. Playing the game is not the only talent the young Lioness has, Emily also qualified in 2015 as a referee.

                                                                
Emily had this to say about joining JBG? campaign organisation, "I am proud to have been asked to become a young patron of Just A Ball Game? Hopefully, other young athletes will be able to relate to my journey, and see that role models don't have to be famous - anyone can be one if they work hard and follow their dream.
I'm looking forward to working with JBG? to help promote equality in sport across all ages and abilities."
A spokes person for JBG? says,” It’s our hope that Emily will be seen by young people as someone to look up to and aspire to in all she achieves, and that as an organisation we will support her career wherever that may take her.”











Contact for further information:
Founder-Lindsay England info@justaballgame.co.uk