The Nottingham Lions strive to take part in a wide range of events, which aim to spread awareness of LGBTQ+ rights or raise money to support LGBTQ+ charitable organisations.
Charity Cricket Match
The club recently undertook the mammoth task of organising a charity cricket event which pitted a team of Nottingham Lions’ representatives against a team of Nottingham’s finest celebrities. The day was a huge success in which the club and everyone who came down to support managed to raise a staggering £2000 for the Notts LGBT+ Network. We worked with Notts TV before and after the event to promote and demonstrate the important work that both the Notts LGBT+ Network does, giving a voice to those most at risk and the Nottingham Lions for their work within the wider community. The day was a huge success and something that the committee will be looking to take the challenge of again.
The Rainbow Heritage Awards
The Rainbow Heritage Awards are an annual event in Nottingham which invites groups and organisations to demonstrate their work within the LGBTQ+ community. These events allow us to promote our club and its’ partners to other organisations and the general public in the hope of raising awareness of a safe space to play football and LGBTQ+ issues. This year’s guest speaker was Chief Constable Craig Guildford from Nottinghamshire Police who discussed the steps in which the police are taking to ensure inclusivity.
The club regularly attends both Nottingham and Derby Pride to support the celebration of the greater movement towards acceptance for the wider community and to promote the club to those who feel they may not have a safe space to play sport. Both events allow us to reach even more people in the hope to build a stronger membership.
Pride in Football
Pride in Football is an umbrella organisation for LGBT fan groups of professional football clubs in the UK. In 2018 they hosted a networking event at Nottingham Forest Football club, which brought together these groups from across the country as well as local groups and organisations which work to offer safe spaces. The Lions made new contacts and friends, with talks beginning to move forward with Nottingham Forest chairman Nicholas Randall QC about how our two clubs can work together both to help demonstrate Forest’s inclusivity and promote our club to a wider audience.
Football vs Homophobia
We work alongside Football v homophobia, an international campaign group. During February’s month of action, we historically arrange fixtures against local teams in Nottingham and Derbyshire to raise awareness and support the initiative.
Christmas charity match
To start off the New Year, the Lion’s look back to their successful charity match in December, which aimed to raise money for local charity Outburst. Outburst is a charity group that aims to provide 11-19 years olds within the Nottinghamshire area a safe space, free from prejudice and expose them to people within the LGBTQ+ and wider community.