Last weekend, the Lions hosted their first 5-a-side tournament in aid of Football vs Homophobia’s month of action, which coincides with LGBT+ history month. This month recognises the discrimination that still exists in the beautiful game and aims to remove it from all aspects; grassroots to professional, fans to players. As an LGBTQ+ organisation its only right we aim to support this as best we could. We set out with a goal of hosting a tournament that displayed the best example of inclusive football and after having seen the smiles throughout the day, I’d say it was a great success.

With a team pulling out and players becoming ill on the day, it was a race to adapt the schedule put in place, this however did not dampen the spirits, with players aiming to enjoy the day come rain or shine. Thankfully the weather held and we were able to play uninterrupted for the entire morning and into the afternoon. The club and it’s members rallied together on the day, with players refereeing and taking up the task of tallying the scores, everyone did their part to ensure the day ran as smoothly as possible. The free bananas and water went down a treat too!

A team consisting of Lions and friends were crowned the winners of the day, and donned their medals with big smiles and can be seen pictured below:

Big thank you to inclusive team HDB Magpies for fielding two teams to give us some tough opposition on the day, we hope to have you down again soon! After a final tally, we managed to raise a staggering £150 for Football Vs Homophobia thanks to the players’ subs and kind donations on the day. All in all, a great club day and big thank you to the committee at the Lions for making the day possible. They now look to summer where they host their next charity cricket match. To keep updated with future events, please check our social media pages and our website.

Thank you for reading and I wish you an enjoyable week.

Matt Stoner

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