Alvo Boys FC (Derby), Tonbridge Angels FC (Kent), Cardiff City Ladies FC (Cardiff), Saltire Thistle FC (Glasgow), Westfield FC (Woking), St Mawgan FC (St Mawgan), Soho FC (London), Castlecroft Rangers FC (Wolverhampton), Cardiff Dragons FC (Cardiff) are the ten recipients of the 2015 FvH small grants scheme that this year looked to fund grassroots football clubs in the UK.
The ten grants of £200 were funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and aim to encourage grassroots clubs to get involved in championing LGBTI rights in and through football, making football safe, welcoming and inclusive for LGBT people and improve the representation of LGBT people throughout the sport.
Along with the initiatives developed by each club, other activities including a fans conference on homophobia and LGBT participation in football, dedicated matches to the campaign, workshops and discussions, will also take place during the period.
FvH Director Lou Englefield said: “Last February 48 out of 92 professional clubs took action to support the FvH campaign. In our fourth year, this was a great achievement. This season we are aiming to engage even more professional clubs, but also help grassroots clubs get involved in the campaign.
“The grassroots small grants scheme aims to give a helping hand to junior and adult clubs wanting to take action on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusion.”
The FvH Month of Action is organised as part of the LGBT History Month, held every February to raise awareness of discrimination against LGBT people and celebrate the achievements of the LGBT community.
FvH awarded grants:
Alvo Boys FC – U12′s football team will carry the “Football v Homophobia” logo on squad coats and the FvH campaign message will be promoted throughout the club and league.
Tonbridge Angels FC – Permanent advertising hoarding promoting Football v Homophobia on pitch perimeter of ground to ensure long-term reinforcement of message.
Cardiff City Ladies FC – A ‘Kick homophobia out of football’ week, where senior players will give talks to junior teams about Homophobia in Football.
Saltire Thistle FC – An open event to attract more players and supporters to this LGBT football club.
Westfield FC – An inclusive ‘Football for ALL’ weekly session for 12-16 year olds.
Woking Town FC – FvH awareness festival for young people.
St Mawgan FC – The team will carry the Football v Homophobia logo on their kit to raise awareness of the campaign.
Soho FC – A 9-a-side football tournament for LGBT friendly teams.
Castlecroft Rangers FC – An awareness-raising month, which will include FvH match balls to be provided to opposition teams to prompt discussion.
Cardiff Dragons FC – A 5-a-side football tournament to both promote Wales’ only LGBT club but also to spread the FvH campaign message to local clubs and organisations.