Football vs Homophobia Exhibition Match

A Berks & Bucks FA XI took on Soho FC, a London based LGBT friendly team, in an exhibition match to promote the anti-discrimination campaign Football vs Homophobia.

The match took place at Windsor FC following the Berks & Bucks FA Sunday Junior Trophy County Cup Final, and was played in good spirits with Soho just edging a thrilling game 5 -4. However, the result was irrelevant as the match continued the work of promoting this great campaign.

Football vs Homophobia unites fans, players, communities, grassroots teams, professional clubs and the football authorities in opposing homophobia and prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in football.

Gerard Tomnay, manager of Soho FC, added ‘As a mixed squad of gay and bisexual men and straight Allies, Soho FC has been breaking down barriers between the communities for the last 4 years and giving LGBT players a safe space to play and train, kicking homophobia out of football one person, one player at a time. The Allies in our squad have been amazing at standing shoulder to shoulder in support of their LGBT team mates on and off the pitch.

LGBT visibility in sport is so important because it helps dispel the myths and stereotypes some people have about gays and lesbians when they we're just like everybody else on the football pitch.

I just want to say a massive thanks to the BBFA for organising the FvH friendly and inviting the Soho Football Club to play.’ 

Discussions have continued between Soho and the Berks & Bucks FA, with the aim of building on this promotion and sharing good practice in the future.

If you would like further information on the work carried out surrounding Equality and Inclusion by Berks & Bucks FA then please contact jonathan.wood@berks-bucksfa.com