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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Just a Ball Game? match ball sponsors of HYDE FC.

JUST A BALL GAME? to sponsor match ball for HYDE FC game.Another first for the TIGERS!!

Hyde Fc will host Droylsden in the Blue Square North  as  a FOOTBALL v HOMOPHOBIA game on 25th FEB, kick off 3pm.
JUST A BALL GAME? will be match ball sponsors.
The Hyde team will come out onto the pitch wearing both Just a Ball game? and Football v Homophobia t-shirts.
Village Manchester FC will also be attending the game?
Football v homophobia banner will be displayed throughout the game, flyer's and stickers and badges given out.

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Just a ball game? contact us .....
Just a ball game?
A campaign group which will help both grass roots and professional sports groups, organisations , authorities, along with governments, education establishments and trade unions build on the delivery of their existing work to deliver the core values of ''SiR'' SAFETY-INCLUSION-RESPECT around LGBT people, sexual orientation and gender identity.
We hope to step OUT and be public to ...become role models for others.
We will raise awareness and challenge what is seen as homophobia/anti-gay.

LGBT football, LGBT sport, LGBT campaigns, LGBT activists.

“Open the doors for them, give them hope,” raise awareness around LGBT issues, promote LGBT history and achievements.

Aim to change mind-sets, help to dispel myths and widen education in different cultures in a healthy active way.

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On February 19th 2010, The Justin Campaign launched “Football v Homophobia” – An international day opposing homophobia in football. The intention of this initiative is to provide an opportunity for individuals, communities and teams the world over to communicate their disapproval of homophobia in the game and celebrate its diverse following under the banner of Football v Homophobia.

The initiative is now about to enjoy its third year! Its growth and success is testament to all those who have supported and contributed to its development.And remember you don’t have to be a football fan or a sports group to back the campaign! Impacting on homophobia in football will communicate a zero tolerance attitude to homophobia, in any shape or form, across the world.

Football v Homophobia: football for everyone

18th – 26th February 2012

Football v Homophobia is an international campaign in football to tackle homophobia and prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. It’s a campaign that is important for everyone in football, regardless of their sexuality. Homophobia, prejudice and discrimination affect us all. Justin Fashanu, the first ever out gay male professional footballer suffered bulling and hostility after his sexual orientation became public, but so too have straight footballers such as Graeme Le Saux and Sol Campbell.

Just like racism, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia tarnish football for all of us. According to research (Stonewall 2009), almost 2 out of every 3 fans think that football would be a better sport if anti-gay abuse was eradicated. 52% of fans think that football should do more to prevent anti gay abuse and discrimination, whilst 70% of fans have heard anti gay abuse at football matches in the last 5 years.

Homophobic abuse is outlawed by The FA’s Ground Regulations. It is punishable by both the police and also by The FA, in exactly the same way as racism is. Chanting, verbal abuse, banners or text that uses homophobic, hateful or prejudiced language can lead to charges ranging from being banned from attending matches or being fined, to even imprisonment.

The aim of Football v Homophobia is to make football safe and welcoming for all. We want to ensure that football values the contributions made by all people regardless of their gender and sexuality. To get involved with the campaign and make a difference, visit our website:

3 simple things you can do to support football v homophobia

1. Follow FvH and promote us on social media

2. Take some simple actions to make a difference through our website
Report any incidences of homophobic language at football. Talk to a nearby steward, the police, a club official, or the referee or your County


"Village Manchester Football Club have been competing in local Sunday leagues for the past ten years with the aim of showing that gay men can play football at a good level and to reduce prejudice in sport simply by getting on the pitch and showing what we can do.

"We're delighted to see Hyde committing to the Anti-Homophobia charter.  It's important that equality in sports is promoted at every level and having the Blue Square Bet Conference North leaders taking a strong stance is a very encouraging sign.  We hope to work with the club in the future to ensure that young LGBT footballers feel they can play at any level without the need to hide their sexuality."


Once again the events of FOOTBALL v HOMOPHOBIA are also part of LGBT History Month.
We are lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and their friends.
We exist in all times and places. We speak each and every language. We laugh and cry. We talk and remain silent.
When we can, we attend school, college and university. When we can, we go out into the streets. We read the papers and watch the TV. We attend church, synagogue, temple and mosque. We are free and confined. We celebrate and we hide. We are happy and sad. We are supported and alone.
Our lives are both ordinary and extraordinary.
LGBT History Month is an opportunity for all of us to learn more about the histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Britain and Northern Ireland.
Since 1997 the position of LGBT people has improved as a result of human rights legislation. Transsexual men and women are now able to assert their gender on passports and birth certificates. Section 28 was repealed in 2003. Since 2010 we have had a single Equality Act that includes sexual orientation and gender reassignment among its protected characteristics. A crime with a homophobic motive is now a hate crime. LGB people can enter civil partnerships and enjoy the same pension rights as heterosexual couples. We have become visible in the media, from Saturday night TV and soap characters to dramas and documentaries about our LGBT ancestors. Out and proud gay and lesbian MPs sit in parliament in all the major parties.
Sport has also its share of LGBT's participating both at professional and grass roots level.
If we want it to have a major impact, we must share the responsibility for making it happen. Click here for suggestions for events and activities, as well as other information.

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