Training

Training takes place Sunday evenings, 16:00-18:00 at Clifton Football Centre. This is whilst our usual home Gresham Pavilion finishes its refurb.

If you are looking to come down to your first training session, please get in touch with the club prior to making the journey to make sure there is a session on via email or social media.

Training aims to cater for all abilities, with a warm up session consisting of both static and dynamic stretching.

This is followed by pre-planed drills by the coaching team but is done in a relaxed and fun environment. We aim to be welcoming to all no matter previous football experience.

Time at training is dedicated to skills and tactics to give players both new and experienced the tools and knowledge to feel confident on the pitch.

Training sessions always come to a close with a competitive but friendly match.

Your first training session at the club is free and then you can either pay weekly using cash or set up a standing order, which would work out cheaper if you’re looking to stay on at the club.


Games

The Lions play in two leagues:

Since 2007, we have competed in the GFSN National League, our main club competition. 

This league is made up of 15 teams from across the UK.

It is split into two divisions, and we are currently competing in Division 1.

On average we play 8 GFSN fixtures each season spread out between August-May.

You can find out more about the GFSN and its campaigning here.

We also play in the Midlands Unity League (MUL) which was set up jointly by Leicester Wildecats, Birmingham Blaze, Wolverhampton Warriors and The Lions.

In 2015 it was expanded to five clubs to include Yorkshire Terriers. This league was set up to help give a balance in team selection and continues to provide a platform for developing players to gain more match experience.

Meanwhile, the GFSN cup is a simple knock-out tournament which we aim to feature in again for the 2021/22 season. 

All our home games will be played at Gresham Pavilion, Wilford (temporarily Clifton Football Centre).

Match dates, times and venues which can be found on the Fixtures section.


Tournaments

Throughout the year several clubs across the UK hold small-sided football tournaments.

Since our formation, we have been heavily involved in most tournaments and regularly send teams to compete for silverware!

Last season saw the Lions unbeaten in the Group phase of the league, and went on to win Group B. 

This upcoming season sees the league return to its usual format- two divisions with up to three relegations/promotions per-season.

Due to the club’s success in 2020/21 we have been placed in Division One and set t play each team both home and away.   


International Tournaments

Occasionally we enter international tournaments, and in the past several years have attended Rotterdam, Antwerp and Rome for the annual EurGames.

These are great opportunities to socialise and play against LGBT clubs from across the globe.

Unfortunately, the pandemic halted our trip to Copenhagen this year but we hope the 2022 EuroGames in the Netherlands will go ahead.