Tonbridge Angels FC are embracing equality once again next month, as the Ladies Team takes part in the Football Association and Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces Campaign which runs from November 24th to December 3rd.
In a show of solidarity for LGBT+ people in sport, the whole team and management will don rainbow laces for the home match against Barming on Sunday December 3rd which will also be the team’s first league match to be played at Longmead Stadium.
Entry to the match will be by voluntary donation and the tea bar and main bar will also be open for use. The match will kick off at 2pm.
Rachel Watson, speaking on behalf of the Ladies section, said: “I’m excited for the Rainbow Laces game and think it’s great that TALFC are showing the public what we do privately – that we are welcoming and inclusive to all, and that we value and celebrate our LGBT+ players and supporters. It will be a great afternoon of football and togetherness!”
Across the country as a whole, events kick off on Friday 24 November and continue through to Sunday 3 December with activities across sport.
Some of the sports bodies taking part include British Basketball, the British Olympic Association (Team GB), British Cycling, England Hockey, England Rugby, the English Cricket Board, English Football League, Football Association, Great British Wheelchair Rugby, Premier League, Premiership Rugby, Professional Football Association, Rugby Football League, Scottish Professional Football Association, UK Athletics, Welsh Football Association and Welsh Rugby.
Every fixture for the English Football League, Premier League, Aviva Premiership Rugby and the Scotland Premier Football League over the November weekend will feature Rainbow Laces.
Premier League activities start with West Ham United hosting Leicester City on Friday 24 November, and ends with Manchester City’s game with Huddersfield Town on Sunday 26 November.
As well as the captain’s armbands and rainbow laces that appeared in last year’s fixtures, the Premier League will this year introduce bespoke rainbow branding to its ball plinths, pitch flags and handshake boards. Timing boards will also be given a rainbow makeover.
If you would like to join the team by showing your support, you can purchase Rainbow Laces via the following link: https://stonewalluk.myshopify.com/collections/accessories
Updated 10:50 - 4 Dec 2017 by Jim Rowe
More information on the campaign can be found here: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/news/rainbow-laces-takes-over-sport