Training takes place Sunday evenings, 18:00-20:00 at Gresham Pavilion with the exception of match days, which can be found on the Fixtures section. 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, following into some element of running to ensure all players are working on their baseline fitness. This is done in a relaxed and fun environment, the club aims 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. This allows players to put into practice what they’ve learnt in a session.
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.
The Lions play in two leagues:
The GFSN National League is our main club competition, which we have competed in since 2007. The league is made up of 15 teams from across the UK. The league is split into two divisions, and we are currently competing in Division 2. 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.
All our home games will be played at Gresham Pavilion, Wilford. Kick-off times can be found on the Fixtures section.
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!
This year, we competed at the annual Leicester 6-a-side tournament hosted by the Leicester Wildecates. This promised to be good practice for the season ahead and brush off some cobwebs collected over the summer break. The Lions had a great turnout of players, eager to get on the pitch and so we had enough to field two teams, with one making it to the vase final and the other reading the last four of their respective groups! A great day had by all, and results which showed promise for the 2018/19 season to come.
Occasionally we enter international tournaments, and in the past several years have attended Rotterdam and Antwerp. These are great opportunities to socialise and play against LGBT clubs from across the globe.