Rainbow Royals v Watford for Football v Homophobia

Rainbow Royals support Football v Homophobia

Berkshire-based LGBTQ+ inclusive football team Rainbow Royals mark Football v Homophobia's Month of Action

Earlier this month, in support of Football v Homophobia (FvH), the Reading FC Community Trust Day hosted a special football match between the Rainbow Royals and a team from the Wycombe Wanderers Foundation.

Rainbow Royals are an LGBTQ+ inclusive football team based in Berkshire. The group have been together for six months and were taking part in their first ever fixture in support of Football v Homophobia's Month of Action.

Football v Homophobia exists to challenge discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression at all levels in football.

As an international initiative, FvH engages in campaigning, education, advice & guidance, and more, to create safe, welcoming and inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ people in football and opportunities to promote engagement of LGBTQ+ people in football at all levels and in all forms.

The match was played at the Select Car Leasing Stadium against a team from the Wycombe Wanderers Foundation to help shine a light on the importance of the campaign.

Members of Rainbow Royals, Reading FC Community Trust & Wycombe Wanderers Foundation show support for Football v Homophobia Credit: JasonPix

The ethos of the Rainbow Royals is "We believe in football without barriers. That's why we have created a safe environment for all members of the LGBTQ+ community and its Allies. We welcome anyone who wants to have a friendly kick-around where all abilities are welcomed."

The Rainbow Royals train in the Dome at the Select Car Leasing Stadium every Wednesday, between 6-7pm and the team are always looking to bolster their squad and welcome new players to the team.

If you're interested in joining, please contact, Reading FC Community Trust, EDI Officer, Clare Bassett, via email for more information.

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