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Rainbow Laces campaign supported by Derbyshire FA and local clubs

The Derbyshire FA and some local clubs are supporting the 2019 Rainbow Laces campaign to help raise awareness around the LGBT+ community in football.

Between the 22nd November and 8th December, the DCFA will be delivering rainbow laces packs to participating clubs, as well as promoting the campaign across social media in the hope of contributing to long-term change in football.

On Wednesday 27th November, the official Rainbow Laces day, the #ChaseTheLace campaign will start, as the Derbyshire FA travel around the county to visit 12 clubs in 12 days, helping each other to promote the campaign.

The #ChaseTheLace initiative ensures that clubs across all areas of Derbyshire are given the opportunity to get involved and promote inclusivity throughout their ranks.

Throughout the period the Derbyshire FA will also be posting stories from LGBT+ players, about what it’s like to be an openly gay footballer, as well as attending matches in the county to promote the campaign even further.

The Rainbow Laces movement is facilitated by a charity called Stonewall, and their stats say that 43% of LGBT+ people think public sporting events aren’t a welcoming space for LGBT+ people, and this is what they are aiming to change.

It is vital that all football communities come together to show support for the campaign, and ensure that we celebrate LGBT+ people in sport.

For more information about the campaign, or to find out how you can show your support, get in touch with Angie Harper at angela.harper@derbyshirefa.com, or call 01332 361422.