Stonewall has relaunched its Rainbow Laces campaign which is aimed at “ensuring LGBT people feel included in sport”.
The campaign will see Premier League, Football League and Scottish Premier League clubs adopting rainbow corner flags, substitution boards and captain’s armbands. Following the famous rainbow laces being worn in the Women’s Super League games this weekend, next weekend will see male players doing the same.
Alongside football, those in sports such as judo, cricket, netball and rugby union will also be hosting various initiatives to support the charity. Stonewall says it has sold more than 75,313 rainbow laces with the aim of reaching 100,000.
The charity has released a set of top tips on what people can do to promote LGBT equality, including how to identify abusive language, how to effectively challenge abuse and how to report, both on and off the pitch.
Kirsty Clarke, Stonewall’s director of sport, said: “It’s great to see so many of the UK sports associations banding together in the biggest show of support for LGBT people in sport. TeamPride has played a large role in securing this level of support and making the campaign the success that it is.
“Together we’ve placed Rainbow Laces firmly in the sporting calendar, creating a campaign that inspires sports bodies and organisations across the UK and internationally.
“We’ve been able to further our reach through our innovative partnership work, creating a collaborative funding model that allows the campaign to be adopted by all sports, regardless of sponsorship deals. We would not be where we are today without the support, insight and determination of the amazing team of people who make up TeamPride.”