English club joins Just a Ball Game? in anti-homophobia day event27 June 2014

BirminghamCityLadiesFC,whofinished4th inlastseason’sEnglishWomenSuperLeague(WSL),willjoinforceswiththeFarememberJustaBallGame?(JBG?)tohostananti-homophobiaeventonSunday,29June,beforetheirhomefixtureagainstManchesterCityLadies.

“This is a huge step forward in helping to raise the profile of the campaign work we do, and we would like to thank BCLFC in being the first WSL team to take this forward.” said Ann Morgan, co-chairman of the English NGO.

The club will be the first elite ladies team to host one of four JBG? event days, giving the supporters attending the opportunity to learn more about the NGO’s work in promoting LGBTI rights in sport. A JBG? pop-up exhibition will also be displayed at the venue raising awareness of discrimination in the game.

Birmingham City Ladies FC have also agreed to fly a rainbow flag at their home games in support and inclusion of a local LGBT community, becoming the fourth club in England to do so, alongside Bradford City, Hyde FC and AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

“We are excited about our upcoming fixture against Manchester City and it is also a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the campaign work that “Just a Ball Game?” do. It is important that they continue highlighting diversity within football and putting a stop to homophobia at grass roots level and through to the professional game. “ said the Blues Ladies (Birmingham City Ladies FC’s nickname) captain Karen Carney.

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