As this country's national sport, football has a duty to try and tackle national issues where it can have a positive impact, and the scope and interest in the game means it reaches into communities in every city, town and village.
The Surrey County FA has a key role to play in using football to combat any barriers to allow everyone to enjoy the beautiful game, regardless of race, ability, faith or sexual orientation.
In order to highlight The Football Association's Football v Homophobia campaign launched in February, the Surrey County FA will be holding a FREE community 5-a-side football tournament in Epsom in April.
We're looking for both male and female teams to enter the competition on Sunday April 7th (players must be 16-years +) who are from community groups, LGBT organisations, local business - although it's fine if it's a group of mates! The tournament is being held at Court Recreation Ground, Pound lane, Epsom, KT19 8SB (3G surface) and will last from 12-3pm.
Please fill out the booking form below and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Football v Homophobia: The Facts
- Around 6-8% of the population in the UK are thought to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGB&T)
- Evidence from the National Centre for Social Research and the Equality and Human Rights Commission suggests that around 24% of gay men have actively avoided sports such as football because they perceive it to be unsafe.
- The FA's own data showed that in 2009 12% of grassroots stakeholders reported experiencing homophobia
- Many people still use homophobic terms such as 'gay', 'poof'' and 'faggot' without thinking what they are saying has an impact on those around them. Using these homophobic terms is in fact illegal under the Equality Act 2010.
To learn more about the Football v Homophobia campaign, click here.