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Monday, December 11, 2023

Sparkle – The National Transgender Charity are given JUST A BALL GAME? award 2023.



Sparkle – The National Transgender Charity are given JUST A BALL GAME? award 2023.

 JUST A BALL GAME? have announced that this year’s LGBT+ inclusion and visibility award has been given to SPARKLE- THE NATIONAL TRANSGENDER CHARITY.

 Sparkle have been fighting inequality and discrimination for almost two decades now. And, they pride themselves with one of their core values being that their events remain free to attend and are accessible to everyone.

 JBG? say: “We first joined forces with Sparkle 3 years ago and have supported as much of their work as we could since then in the form of event days and helping out with providing resources for community members who are active and campaigning.

 In the past year we have seen the Manchester based charity do their upmost to continue the workload they have before them through many difficult, challenging and forever changing circumstances.”

 “The young volunteers have given their all to help others despite attempts from some UK government ministers wanting to overhaul parts of the Equality Act, and worrying increases of hate crimes both online and directed personally at people.”

 On receiving the silver salver, the team at Sparkle - The National Transgender Charity, say they are delighted to have won the 2023 Just A Ball Game? Award! 

 “We are pleased to be acknowledged for our community passion and volunteer-led mission to the trans community.”

 One of our new Key Volunteers, Chlo (they/them) said: “It’s so easy to get lost in the work we do. It never feels enough. This award meant so much to myself and the team to see the work we are doing has so much impact! Thank you for recognising us, we can’t wait to show you what we’ve got planned for 2024!”




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Founder-Lindsay England  

Wednesday, November 08, 2023

Just A Ball Game? vitrines feature at National Football Museum as part of 13th birthday celebrations.


Just A Ball Game? vitrines feature at National Football Museum as part of 13th birthday celebrations.

Celebrations for Just A Ball Game?’s 13th birthday begin on 9th November 2023 with the unveiling of two vitrines which will feature trophies, medals and other memorabilia from JBG’s Women’s Futsal/Fives team alongside their campaign materials at the National Football Museum .

The team won 16 league, cup and tournament titles between their formation in January 2014 and April 2018, and finished regional and national runners up a further 3 times during those 4 years of dominance.  

Alongside the exhibit cases JBG? will have their patrons women’s game exhibition panels on display and a small stand handing out free resources to those visiting the museum this week.  


The LGBT+ campaign has been working with the National Football Museum on a number of event days since it opened its doors on the Urbis site in the summer of 2012.

It’s hoped that in February 2024 JBG? will co-curate a fan exhibition featuring items collected from the 2023 Women’s World Cup, including a giant 20ft flag with over 4.500 fan names and messages of support for England’s Lionesses WWC Final squad alongside media and photographic collections from supporters who travelled out to Australia and New Zealand for the tournament.

The JBG? displays and staffed stand can be visited on these dates:

Thursday 9th Nov 10am -5pm, Friday 10th Nov 12noon to 5pm, and Saturday 11th Nov 10am to 5pm.




Monday, July 17, 2023

JUST A BALL GAME? given International Award.


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International award for JUST A BALL GAME?



JUST A BALL GAME? (JBG?) Are very proud to announce they have been given a global award.

JBG? are winners of monthly digital magazine Acquisition Internationals non-profit awards for:  Most Dedicated Sports Anti-LGBTQ+ Discrimination Organisation 2023 – UK.

AI say: Our Non-Profit Organisation Awards have been a fantastic journey and an eye-opening experience as we yet again highlight a selection of dedicated organisations. They each put the welfare of individuals before all else, and it shows. Featuring a collection of wellbeing support to financial hardship aid, and more, this year’s programme has allowed us to explore many avenues within the non-profit sphere. The compassion and action we have seen is tremendous, and we are proud to present our winners to the world.

Awards Coordinator Holly Blackwood took a moment to comment on the success of this year’s winners: “Hosting the Non-Profit Organisation Awards 2023 has been a pleasure. It’s great to see the diverse mixture of organisations which consistently offer help to people everywhere, and I wish them all the best for the rest of 2023 – and beyond!”

Acquisition International prides itself on the validity of its awards and winners. All awards are given solely on merit and are awarded to commend those most deserving for their ingenuity and hard work, distinguishing them from their competitors and proving them worthy of recognition.

Founder of JBG? Lindsay England says, “It’s fantastic to be recognised as a non -profit by a business and online media company in only its 3rd year of the awards, and we hope that our small but dedicated volunteer team can continue to make waves in both grass roots and professional football and other sports showcasing inclusion and visibility of LGBT+ people.”


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Founder-Lindsay England