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 charitable organisations.
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.
This usually takes the form of 5-a-side matches but was stopped this year due to the pandemic.
In 2021, we saw an opportunity to support FvH in a different way and published videos on our social media.
These were insightful and personal stories from our members, discussing the importance of LGBTQ+ clubs and how homophobia in football has affected them.
This video campaign was so successful, that it was adapted into a radio piece for BBC Radio Derby.
We also launched the ‘Run Against Homophobia’ initiative, with members running, cycling and walking as far as they can in February.
Our targets were smashed, raising £555 for the campaign with 3,154km covered.
Christmas charity match
Each year, the Lion’s host a charity match in December, raising money for local charities. In the last couple of years, this charity has been Emanuel House, who support vulnerable people in Nottingham. It’s always a great turn-out with older and younger members attending – 2020 saw £422 raised in total.
Charity Cricket Match
The have historically took on 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.
Our most recent match saw a staggering £2000 raised 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 club regularly attends both Nottingham and Derby Pride. We 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.
We aim to attend this year’s events, both currently expected to take place in September 2021.
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.
We are always supporting campaigns via social media, to help create more awareness and support the LGBTQ+ community.
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