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Gays invited to coach football to fight hate in sport

UK football organizations invite LGBT people to become soccer coaches as part of initiative to get more gay people involved in sport
LGBT people encouraged to become football coaches in the UK
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the UK are being encouraged to become football coaches.

The initiative in partnership with the Football Association, Pride Sports and Surrey County Football Association hopes to get more LGBT people involved in soccer and is part of the FA's plan to tackle homophobia in the English game.

Participants will take part in a residential course from 24 to 27 August, featuring all the necessary workshops required to attain the qualification.

'This is a great opportunity for LGBT people to get involved in football,' said Lou Englefield, Pride Sports director.

'There are some fantastic LGBT coaches already working in the community, but we’ve still got some way to go to let the community know that they are welcome in football.

'I’m really pleased the FA has taken this step to do something proactive to recruit LGBT people into the UK’s largest sport.'

To register on the coaching course log onto click here. Places will be allocated on a first come basis.

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