Club also announces support for 2017 Wigan Pride event
As part of the Together programme and its commitment to equality and diversity, Wigan Athletic showed its support for the Football v Homophobia (FvH) campaign at last Saturday’s game against Preston North End.
FvH is an international campaign to tackle homophobia and prejudice against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people in football. The aim of FvH is to make football safe and welcoming for everyone.
Before kick off on Saturday, Wigan Athletic’s players warmed up in FvH t-shirts and earlier in the week the Under 18 players at the Academy took part in an educational workshop with FvH and talked about LGBT issues and homophobia in society.
Wigan Athletic Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson said: “Through our Together programme the football club is committed to working with the DW Stadium and Wigan Athletic Community Trust to promote equality and celebrate diversity in our organisation and across the community, so is always pleased to support the Football v Homophobia campaign.
“Attitudes in football are changing but we can all do more to tackle issues such as homophobia which is why the Together scheme is so important to us as an organisation.”
“The Academy has worked with Football v Homophobia for a number of years in providing educational workshops to the Scholars as part of their life skills programme while the Community Trust often delivers sessions around homophobia to young people involved in their projects”.
As well as showing support for Football v Homophobia at last Saturday’s match, Wigan Athletic will again be supporting Wigan Pride which takes place this year on Saturday August 12th in Wigan town centre and follows the first ever event last summer, which the Club also helped to sponsor.
A spokesperson for the organisers of Wigan Pride, BYOU said: “It’s really important that sport teams shows their support for community members and this includes LGBTQ+.
“For Wigan Athletic to support Football v Homophobia gives visibility to a real issue and helps tackle it head on.
“We are also very grateful and appreciate all the support Wigan Athletic and Wigan Athletic Community Trust give towards Wigan Pride and we look forward to Saturday August 12th."
For more information about Football v Homophobia, please visit their website here
If you would like more information about Wigan Pride, please visit their website here
If you witness any homophobia behaviour such as anti-gay changing during a Wigan Athletic home game please report it to a steward or to the Club’s Together reporting line by texting: Wigan to 80800.
For more information about Together and Wigan Athletic's work around equality and diversity, please click here