Well done and thank you to all clubs, players & referee's who supported the 2019 Stonewall Rainbow Laces campaign.
We had a whopping 70 clubs apply to be part of our campaign in Devon!
A huge thank you to the following clubs who supported the campaign:
Appledore, Axminster Town Ladies, Bradninch, Bradworthy, Braunton, Broadclyst, Buckland Athletic, Budleigh Salterton Ladies, Central Park Rangers, Exeter City Women, Exeter University Ladies, Exmouth Spartans, Fremington, HMS Raleigh, HMS Triumph, Horrabridge Rangers, Moors Youth, Newton Fire, Plymouth Marjon, Plymouth United, Tedburn St Mary, Tiverton Town Ability Counts, and Yard FC.
A special shout out must go to the following clubs for their consistency over the course of the campaign, along with some great social media posts and graphics. They created their own posts from scratch using the Stonewall templates and Rainbow theme, to show their support for LGBT within the sport and community.
Fremington - who updated their social media logo and incorporated the Rainbow Laces theme and colours into their posts
Broadclyst - who made their own club posters featuring the Rainbow Laces theme
Bradworthy Youth - who used lots of matchday photos featuring Rainbow Laces on players boots, as well as changing their social media logo
Central Park Rangers - who changed their social media logo and posts into Rainbow Laces colours
Buckland Athletic Women - who added Rainbow affects to their logo and squad pictures as part of the campaign
Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign ran from 22nd November - 8th December 2019.
The campaign runs every year to try and battle homophobia in sport. It aims to raise awareness and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender players and fans.
The movement began because Stonewall look to fight homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sport.They claim that 72% football fans have heard anti-LGBT remarks at games over the last five years. And that one in five 18 to 24-year-olds say they would be embarrassed if their favourite player came out.
In 2019, the campaign raised a lot of awareness to tackle the present problem within sport, and many of our clubs, players and referees within Devon helped support the scheme by sporting their very own Rainbow Laces.