BBFA shows its support for Football v Homophobia

Berks & Bucks FA have promoted the Football v Homophobia campaign across a number of their County Cup Finals, which will culminate in an exhibition match this Sunday at Windsor FC.

The Berks & Bucks FA runs a total of 18 County Cup competitions for both male and females, across a variety of different age groups. At a number of the finals this season we have encouraged a number of our clubs to support the Football v Homophobia campaign, by providing them with ‘Football v Homophobia’ warm up t-shirts and including articles in match day programmes. In order to raise the profile of this campaign further an exhibition match has been arranged between a Berks & Bucks XI and Soho FC, a London based LGBTQ friendly based team. The game will take place this Sunday at Windsor FC at 14:00 following the Sunday Junior Cup Final. 

Football v Homophobia exists to challenge discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression at all levels in football. It aims to make existing football structures safe, welcoming and inclusive for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), as well as improve the representation and visibility of LGBT people throughout football.

Jon Wood BBFA Innovation Manager commented ‘Football v Homophobia works extremely hard to raise awareness and reduce levels of homophobic abuse across the game. This is a key area of work for the Berks & Bucks FA’s Inclusion Advisory Group, in its aims to educate and ensure that all of our communities have access to positive footballing experiences in a safe environment. I would also like to extend my thanks to Soho FC for taking part in this match, and encourage those attending the County Cup final to hang around and lend their support for the match.’

If you would like further information on the role and work that the Berks & Bucks FA Inclusion Advisory Group carry out then please email jonathan.wood@berks-bucksfa.com