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UK non-league football team don rainbow kit to combat homophobia

UK non-league football team don rainbow kit to combat homophobia

Altrincham FC

A non-league football team in the UK have adopted Pride colors for their kit to help combat homophobia and build inclusivity in sports.

Altrincham FC swapped their usual red and white stripes for the rainbow colors.

The club also had ‘Football v. Homophobia’ printed on the center of the shirt in place of a sponsorship ad.

The simple message has resonated among LGBTI rights supporters around the globe.

Altrincham introduced the kit in support of Football V Homophobia Month of Action and LGBT History Month.

Altrincham chairman Bill Waterson said that the intentionally unsubtle choice was a ‘big statement’.

‘We believe it will be the first time anywhere in the world that a senior football club has worn a kit solely modeled on the LGBT pride flag,’ Waterson said according to the club’s website.

‘And Altrincham will, therefore, be creating a small moment of football history.’

The debut colors saw the team face off against Bradford (Park Avenue), in a match which ended a 1-1 tie.

Worldwide attention

The move by the small club in the north-west of England has attracted attention from all over the world.

‘It’s fantastic for us and has had amazing support,’ said campaign director Lou Englefield.

‘You could not believe the debate and talk it’s caused across the world.’

‘Obviously, it’s also been met with some homophobic and derogatory comments on social media over the last week too, but that happens when people stick their heads over the parapet and Altrincham have done that today,’ Englefield added.

According to Englefield, several other non-league clubs have been in contact with the club to inquire about

But Altrincham is hoping this will go even further and would like to see some of the top-tier British teams joining the campaign.

‘It would be amazing to see one of the big clubs follow Altrincham’s lead. Let’s get that message out as far and as wide as possible,’ Englefield said.

‘But, to be fair, the coverage Altrincham have had has reached Australia, New Zealand, Canada and America, it’s been amazing.’

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