Just a Ball Game? LGBT History Month Looks at Football

Football is this country’s most popular sport, both to watch and to play, with almost 3% of England’s population going to football matches regularly. With so many people involved in British football in some form, it’s inevitable that many LGBT fans and players will be among this number. But football can still be seen as... View Article

Football is this country’s most popular sport, both to watch and to play, with almost 3% of England’s population going to football matches regularly.

With so many people involved in British football in some form, it’s inevitable that many LGBT fans and players will be among this number.

But football can still be seen as an arena where homophobia is the norm, and clubs like Bradford City with their LGBT inclusivity are still too rare. That’s why football plays such a big part in LGBT History Month.

Football is a common theme in the programme this year, with exhibitions and presentationsa film screening and a celebrity football match.

A big weekend of football

If you’re visiting Bradford during LGBT History Month, you can enjoy a whole weekend of football by going to the Bradford City v Bolton match at Valley Parade on Saturday 18th February.

This will be followed by a special celebrity charity football match on Sunday 19th February, as the ‘Just A Ball Game?’ 11 play against Awareness For Autism Charity incorporating Bradford City LGBT Fan Group.

Both teams will be joined by celebrity players including stars of Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Our Girl and This Is England, as well as Bantams Banter local heroes Tom and Dom.

The charity match will be a pay-as-you-feel event to raise money for Mind the Gap theatre, and you can celebrate the result with an after-party at Bradford Brewery with live music til late.

A message from Bradford City FC

“Bradford City FC has been committed, for many years, to supporting members of the LGBT Community who follow football in general and Bradford City FC in particular.

The Club is proud to have dealt effectively on issues that may have arisen, and supported the LGBT Community as moves have been made to enhance and intensify the message that inclusion is right for clubs and supporters alike.

The Club displays the Rainbow Flag at all home games, offers a confidential texting service to highlight problems, and undertakes support and training for members of the match day staff.

As we approach February 2017, we are delighted to be, once again, supporting the LGBT History Month.”