Football tournament tackles homophobia

30 January 2014

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Budding Beckhams and talented Torres' under the age of 15 are invited to take part in a 5-a-side football tournament at Woking Hockey Club on Monday 17 February at 10am, in support of a nationwide campaign to tackle homophobia and prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in football.

The Football Association backed tournament, which is free to take part in, is looking for teams in the following categories to battle it out to take the football crown: Girls Under 10, Boys Under 13, Boys Under 14 and Boys Under 15.

The tournament is being run by Woking Borough Council and Woking Town Football Club, following a grant of 300 from Pride Sport, the organisation that runs the `Football v Homophobia' campaign. Their vision is for those involved in football and the wider society to value the contributions made by all people regardless of their gender and sexuality.

Cllr Graham Cundy, Woking Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Cultural and Community Development, said: "What a fantastic event where the community can come together in a fun-filled atmosphere, whilst supporting equality, not only in sport but in the wider community.

"Sport can act as a unifying force and the tournament will allow the young people involved to meet new people, have fun and put their football skills to the test. I would encourage young people in the Borough to get involved and the community to cheer them on!"

Cllr Melanie Whitehand, Woking Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Accessibilty, said: "I'm delighted that Woking Town Football Club has received funding from Football v Homophobia, as it promotes awareness of homophobia and encourages equality within sport, not only in Woking but nationally."

Football fans can attend the tournament free of charge to support the players. There will also be the chance to find out more about Football v Homophobia at workshops and awareness stands and the Surrey Football Association will be in attendance.

Football v Homophobia is a global month of celebration that takes place across the world in February and provides an opportunity for people to take a stand for equality in football.

If you would like to enter a team in the tournament, or for further information, please contact Matthew Glazier, Woking Borough Council's Sports Development Officer on 01483 743804 or email matthew.glazier@woking.gov.uk Alternatively, for campaign information, visit www.footballvhomophobia.com