February is the international campaign month of ‘Football v Homophobia’ (FvH) and Southgate Olympic AFC is supporting the initiative.

FvH is a campaign uniting football in opposing homophobia and prejudice against LGBT+ people in football. Year round, FvH enables people to take action against prejudice and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression in football, and to celebrate and welcome diversity in the game.

This culminates in an international show of support in February to raise awareness of the issue and to join together in making a visible stand against prejudice and for inclusion. Southgate Olympic is pleased to be supporting the campaign this season as part of the FvH grassroots initiative. 

Club Secretary, Kevin Taylor said:  “Studies on homophobia in sport over the past ten years find that around 82% of respondents have witnessed or experienced homophobia in sport in the UK. Attitudes in Football are changing, but we all need to make sure that the language we use and the way we behave reflects this change. At Southgate Olympic we believe we can make a real difference to the culture of football, and we’d like your support. We know that change starts with education and Southgate Olympic recognises it has a role to play in leading the way on raising awareness of homophobia and LGBT+ discrimination within the club and its community. 

Southgate Olympic believes in a game where LGBT+ people can be seen and heard, and valued for their contribution to football. Southgate Olympic will work to create a safe and inclusive football environment where people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions are welcome. 

Southgate Olympic will be designating our home games on the 19th February in support of the Football v Homophobia campaign. 

This is an opportunity for our supporters and friends to also get behind the campaign and show everyone that Southgate Olympic is no place for hate or bigotry. At our #FvH2022 designated games Southgate Olympic will be making a pledge to improve our club by challenging Anti-LGBT language and behaviour.”

Find out more about the Football v Homophobia campaign and action you can personally take in February, here:
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