- Leicester City named Professional Game winners at the Football v Homophobia awards
- Foxes Pride picked up the Supporters Group of the Year award
- The FvH awards are held annually to recognise the work on LGBTQ+ inclusion in football
The Football Club were victorious in the Professional Game category, while Foxes Pride won the Supporters Group of the Year award.
The Professional Game category recognises professional football clubs who have shown dedication to improving the landscape of football for LGBTQ+ people and who have worked to create better inclusion and participation.
The Supporter Group of the Year award, meanwhile, credits those who work to make football inclusive of LGBTQ+ fans, while giving a voice and making positive change to the experience of LGBTQ+ supporters.
Graeme Smith, Foxes Pride Chair, said: “As ever, Foxes Pride are proud of the work we do in collaboration with Leicester City. These awards are a recognition of that partnership, and by working together, we are ensuring that the LGBTQ+ community can feel safe and valued as part of the Leicester City family.
“This work is a journey, and we still have work to do to address LGBTQ-phobic behaviour in football, but we look forward to further progress over the coming years.
“While the culture at LCFC is set at the top, we’d like to particularly thank the Supporter Engagement team for their support and allyship. Without them, Foxes Pride may not have been set up in the first place.”
Earlier this season, as part of the Rainbow Laces campaign, members of Foxes Pride were invited to LCFC Training Ground to meet Brendan Rodgers and some of the Club’s first team players to discuss LGBTQ+ inclusion and the importance of allyship and standing up in support of the LGBTQ+ community.
The visit to Seagrave also gave the group the chance to present Jamie Vardy with the rainbow corner flag which he signed for Foxes Pride after it broke following his celebration in a 2-1 win over Sheffield United in December 2020.
Furthermore, James Maddison donated a pair of signed match-worn boots to the group, Kasper Schmeichel gifted a signed rainbow captain’s armband to a Foxes supporter in the USA and the Club designated their recent fixture against West Ham United to the Football v Homophobia campaign.
Kate Langan, member of Foxes Pride, said: “I’ve been a Leicester City supporter my entire life, and I’m so proud of them for winning this award because it is a Club for all, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, religion or culture.
“Their ongoing practical and heartfelt support for Rainbow Laces and Football v Homophobia make me feel incredibly proud to be Leicester, who will always be winners to me.”
Should you experience any form of discrimination in a Leicester City setting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0344 815 5000 (option 4).
Furthermore, you can also report any form of discrimination or hate crime by texting the word ‘FOXES’ to 60066.
For more information about Football v Homophobia, please click HERE.
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