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2 March 2015

Community Trust hold Football v Homophobia workshop for local youngsters.

Wigan Athletic Community Trust and Wigan Youth Zone came together to host a Football v Homophobia tournament and workshop last week, as part of the month-long campaign.

Football v Homophobia is an international campaign that takes place every year throughout February, which tackles homophobia and prejudice against LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) people in football.

Girls and boys from Wigan Youth Zone, Blackburn Youth Zone, Factory Youth Zone and Bolton Lads and Girls Club came together to play in 5-a-side tournament and take part in a Kick It Out workshop that looked into tackling homophobia in football.

Rishi Jain from Kick It Out attended the event and led the Football v Homophobia workshop. 

Rishi said: “It was great to work with so many young people from around Lancashire. The organised tournament and the following Kick It Out workshop provided them with a great opportunity to meet new people and share their thoughts of tackling the issue of homophobia both on and off the football pitch. 

“Hopefully they will take what they have learned here and apply it in their daily life, challenging homophobia wherever they see, hear, or witness it.”

LGBT group Stonewall also helped to support the session, sending rainbow laces for participants and saying: “It is very encouraging to see football initiatives like Wigan Athletic Community Trust supporting the Rainbow Laces campaign with their youth projects. 

“Engaging with young people around the issue of homophobia and transphobia in football is key to changing the game from the grassroots up, for future generations. 

“We hope that those taking part in the special Rainbow Laces tournament will see themselves as leaders in creating a football community for everyone.”

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