rainbow laces

Rainbow Laces back for the 2021/22 season

Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign starts today as people across the country show support for LGBTQ+ inclusion by lacing up.

This year’s campaign, which runs until Sunday 12th December, is asking everyone to ‘Lace Up and Speak Up’ to drive meaningful change by starting conversations with those around you.

According to Stonewall’s data, a staggering 43% of LGBTQ+ people think public sporting events aren’t a welcoming space for them. People shouldn’t feel excluded or shut out just because of who they are.

The Derbyshire FA will once again be showing full support for the Rainbow Laces campaign, with staff taking part themselves throughout, and will be supporting selected local clubs to play their part by providing laces and equipment.

Jenny Blewitt, Safeguarding and Equality Manager at the Derbyshire FA, said: “We are delighted to be able to contribute to this vital campaign once again.

“In our new business strategy we outlined our commitment to equality and projects like this are crucial for us in our mission to lead and support the football community across Derbyshire, providing a safe and inclusive environment.

“We are proud to be engaging with the Rainbow Laces again, but particularly this year when the focus is on speaking up and starting discussions, as we feel the value of these conversations cannot be understated.”

The Rainbow Laces campaign will be at it’s peak on Wednesday 8th December, the official Rainbow Laces Day, and the Derbyshire FA encourages anyone involved in football across the county to get involved as much as they can.

To find out more about the campaign, or to get involved yourself, click here.