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Saints join International Initiative for Football Equality

We are proud to announce our support for the ‘Football v Homophobia’ campaign which kicks-off on Saturday 1st February 2020.

This is an international initiative that takes place every February to challenge discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression at all levels of football.

We want football to take a clear stand against homophobia and transphobia so that everyone can enjoy the beautiful game and so that football leads the way in removing discrimination and prejudice based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This international campaign launched 2010 as a part of the Justin campaign and has worked tirelessly to tackle homophobia and prejudice against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) people in football.

Club Secretary Leigh Page believes the scheme is key to helping the game become even more inclusive.

“Our community is a complete, diverse spectrum of society and if we can help raise awareness of this fantastic initiative to the world then we’ll be proud to do so.”

“Football should be above race, gender, colour or any other barrier for that matter. It is one of the few elements that can unite people. Everyone should be able to enjoy who they are in a great atmosphere of a football match.”

“Football is a reflection on society. We are part of our community and our community is a huge part of our society. As supporters, we can help, and we will help this. This is all about action, which is why we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to play our part.”

Many of you would have noticed that the club’s social media branding has been altered to represent the initiative and this ‘colour rush’ design is being extended to the matchday programme. The City captain for our two league games this month will proudly wear a special commemorative armband that will be signed and auctioned off at the end of the month, with all proceeds going towards LGBT+ charities.

We have also designated our National League South fixture with Oxford City on Saturday 15th February as a special collaboration with the ‘Football v Homophobia’ scheme. Special guest speakers and local groups will be in attendance to help us celebrate.

Leigh Page concluded:

“I would like us to be seen as a fully inclusive club and set the standard for others to follow.”

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