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WIGAN ATHLETIC UNITE WITH EFL CLUBS FOR RAINBOW LACES CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT LGBT EQUALITY

22 November 2018

Rainbow substitution boards and corner flags to be used at Latics' game against Reading on Saturday 24th November 2018.

  • Club to support Rainbow Laces on Saturday 24th November 2018.
  • This year's campaign aims to create more allies to LGBT people in sport.
  • Latics sponsored Wigan Pride for the third consecutive year in August. 

Wigan Athletic are uniting with EFL clubs across the country to support LGBT inclusivity by turning their substitution boards and corner flags rainbow coloured to raise awareness of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign.

The club’s fixture against Reading at the DW Stadium on Saturday 24th November 2018 will highlight our continued support for LGBT fans, players and staff across the game through our Together programme of equality and diversity. 

In August 2018, Latics showed their support for Wigan Pride by sponsoring the event for the third consecutive year, with the celebration in the town centre highlighting equality and diversity across the borough.

Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign is in support of LGBT equality with a key theme for this year focused on creating more allies to LGBT people in sport, with the initiative forming a wider part of the EFL’s LGBT work delivered in conjunction with clubs through the Equality Code of Practice.

Shaun Harvey, EFL Chief Executive, said: “The EFL is once again fully supporting Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign, with all 72 clubs coming together to raise awareness and visibility of an important issue.

“The EFL continues to be committed to providing a match day experience that is safe and welcoming to all supporters across all of our competitions.

“We are hoping our specific Rainbow Laces initiatives this year, which includes new rainbow substitution boards as well as converting all corner flags at EFL grounds into rainbow colours, will again grab the attention of football fans up and down the country.

“This year’s campaign is also about recognising how to be an LGBT ally in football, which complements the work our clubs are undertaking week in week out, up and down the country as part of the EFL’s Equality Code of Practice.

“We will also be proudly telling the story of some of our clubs work in this area through a collection of short films. Although much positive work has been done, we recognise that we cannot stand still which is why the EFL remains committed to proactively promoting diversity and inclusion in all areas of football, both on and off the pitch.”

The EFL will change its logo to a bespoke rainbow coloured version for the campaign and has also created a series of short films to help share the stories of LGBT fans in the game.

Follow this link to read more about Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign.

Please contact Wigan Athletic Head of Community Tom Flower on t.flower@wiganathletic.com if you are an LGBT Latics supporter or are interested in LGBT issues and would like to know more about the club’s Together programme of equality and diversity.

Wigan Athletic Football Club, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the DW Stadium are committed to respecting and promoting equality and diversity across all its activities through Together.

Click here for more information about Together.


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