Football versus Homophobia Tournament: Seaview hosts for third time.
As part of the 2019 Belfast Pride Festival, Crusaders FC is once again proud to host the Rainbow Project’s Football vs Homophobia tournament at Seaview Stadium Belfast.
Football vs Homophobia is an international initiative to encourage participation in football and to oppose homophobia, biphobia and transphobia at all levels of the sport – from grassroots to top flight professional clubs.
Fourteen teams took part in a 6 a side tournament held in Seaview Stadium, North Belfast on Sunday 29th July 2018. This year’s tournament will increase that number. And, for the first time, Crusaders will enter a team. Put 29th July in your diary an come along toencourage the Crues and all other teams participating.
Director of The Rainbow Project, John O’Doherty said: ‘Sport has the unique ability to bring people together and develop a sense of belonging and teamwork. Too many LGBT people feel excluded from participating in sport and so events like Football vs Homophobia give people the opportunities to take part in sport and have a good time while at the same time taking an important stance against prejudice in sport so that everyone can enjoy the beautiful game without fear or prejudice or stereotyping.’
Club vice-Chair Mark Langhammer commented “In line with our commitments within the UEFA 10- Point Plan, and the IFA’s “Football for All” initiative, we want football players and fans to take a clear stand against homophobia, so that everyone can enjoy the sport and that football leads the way in removing discrimination and prejudice based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Sport is an amazing way for people to achieve better mental health”.
The tournament will take place on Sunday 28th July at Seaview Stadium from 09:00am.
You can enter as an individual or as a team using the linkhttps://www.rainbow-project.org/Event/fvh