Foundation hosts inclusive tournament with LEAP

Wed 3rd July 2019

Football fans were able to enjoy an inclusive tournament at Ibrox on Saturday 29th June, thanks to the Rangers Charity Foundation, LEAP Sports and Football v Homophobia.

Five-a-side teams from all walks of life were invited along as part of LEAP’s Festival Fortnight, which aims to increase the visibility and participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Scottish sport. Everyone is welcome to join in, whether it’s trying out a new sport, supporting a team in one of the competitions, or celebrating at one of the Festival parties.

The Foundation’s Tournament included teams from Rangers FC’s Official LGBT+ Supporters Club, Ibrox Pride, as well as the Tie Campaign charity, which aims to combat homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in schools with LGBT-inclusive education.

Following the competition at the Ibrox Community Complex, teams and individuals were invited to take part in an LGBTI Workshop with Football vHomophobia at the stadium, before enjoying a behind the scenes tour.

Rhiannon Hughes, who represented Ibrox Pride at the tournament, said: “I’m really happy to have been included in the LEAP Sports Festival event that took place on Saturday, it was an enjoyable experience.

“I’m also proud to see, as a Rangers fan, both the club and Charity Foundation directly involved with the event, as well as LEAP Sports in general. It’s important to me and many other fans, as it shows that Rangers is a club for all people and the club’s involvement in such an event shows us this.”

Rangers Charity Foundation Director, Connal Cochrane, added: “We were delighted to support LEAP’s Festival Fortnight with an inclusive and fun tournament at Ibrox and I’d like to thank both LEAP and Football v Homophobia for their support.

“The Foundation and club are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion across all aspects and this event formed just one part of our ongoing work with the LGBT+ community, which includes a new Diversity Wins project with local primary school children.

“All the teams did fantastic and I hope they enjoyed the experience as much as we did!”

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