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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.

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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

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

SOPHIE COOK JOINS AS FIRST TRANS PATRON

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SOPHIE COOK JOINS AS FIRST TRANS PATRON.

Everyone at Just A Ball Game? (JBG?) is excited to announce that we have a new Patron on board in Sophie Cook.
Sophie will be our first Trans Patron and she will mould right in to JBG? with a wealth of experience as both a rock photographer for band The Libertines and Premier League photographer at AFC Bournemouth. Along side of this, Sophie now regulary attends LGBT events across the country as a motivational speaker touching on subjects such as overcoming fear in life and business, diversity and inclusion, LGBT issues and sports.

In the past Sohie has served in the RAF, been a motorbike racer, and also a newspaper editor. And it was that RAF grounding that's been a support network during Sophie's coming out story: “In the RAF we were a very close knit team, we knew that we could rely on the other team members, even now 30 years later we are a team and I received nothing but support from them when I came out as transgender. “

Sophie had this to say about joinging JBG? campaign organisation: “ Becoming a Patron of Just A Ball Game? is so important as it's a great way for me to show my support for the outstanding work that they are doing to increase diversity and inclusion within sports. LGBT people should never feel excluded from watching or participating in the sports that they love.”
For more information on Sophie Cook please see her website: http://www.sophiecook.me.uk/

Contact for further information:info@justaballgame.co.uk

Friday, February 19, 2016

FC United of Manchester Men's and Women's teams, join JUST A BALL GAME? as partner clubs.







FC United of Manchester Men's and Women's teams, join JUST A BALL GAME? as partner clubs.

Great news that both the men's and women's teams from FC United of Manchester have simultaneously signed up as one of our partner clubs over the last few days.


In a show of support for JBG? as a campaign organisation and also the fact that February is LGBT History Month, the club had installed our banners in the stadium and 3G training pitch (where the women play) and during recent games the players warmed up wearing out JBG? t-shirts.
Added to this an article was produced in the match day programme and announcements made over the tannoy system before the game and again during half time to inform supporters of the partnership. Many of our resources and information flyers we handed out at the games, and the social club on hosted our TIME FOR ACTION educational exhibition over the weekend.



All this was done by the club and we at JBG? could not have asked for any more.
Founder of JBG? Lindsay England had this to say:
"Its great to see a young progressive club which is fan based reaching out to a local community, the people I have engaged with are very dedicated and busy on match days to help make things go as smoothly as possible and you are a credit to the football family.
I wish you well in your fortunes on the pitch for both men's and women's teams future success and look forward to partnering with you all again."




Follow us on TWITTER: @justaballgame 

Find out more about the work JBG? do here:http://www.justaballgame.co.uk/
See our partner clubs here: http://www.justaballgame.co.uk/partners/partner-clubs

Photos from the event days with FCUM can be seen on our FACEBOOK page:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1055196944516197.1073741828.247338768635356&type=3

Bedfordshire FA sign as partner organisation.



 Bedfordshire FA sign as partner organisation.

We are very happy to announce that one of the latest organisations to join JUST A BALL GAME? as a partner is, Bedfordshire FA.

Here is what Beds FA had to say, for more info please contact: Beds FA Inclusion and Safeguarding officer Sarah DaCosta sarah.dacosta@bedfordshirefa.com

1st February marked the beginning of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month which will see a string of events, initiatives and projects launched across the United Kingdom.

The overall aim of LGBT History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public. The month honours the lives and achievements of the LGBT community whilst seeking to promote the welfare of LGBT people and raise awareness of important issues involving the community.

Just A Ball Game? Workshop
To celebrate LGBT History Month at Beds FA, on Wednesday February 10th, Lindsay England from Just A Ball Game? deliverd a workshop to staff and volunteers to raise awareness of inclusion and LGBT equal opportunities in football from grassroots to elite. Everybody was made welcome to attend the workshop which was free and lasted around  1 ½ hours.





Lindsay England is the founder of Just A Ball Game?, a  campaign group which helps both grass roots and professional sports groups, organisations , authorities, along with governments, education establishments and trade unions build on their existing work. The aim is to deliver the core values of 'SiR' SAFETY-INCLUSION-RESPECT around LGBT people, sexual orientation and gender identity. Further information can be found at their website here: www.justaballgame.co.uk

Lindsay is a member of the new Beds FA IAG (Inclusion Advisory Group) and we are really excited to be working with Lindsay and all the members of the IAG who bring a wealth of diverse knowledge and experience to the group.