Chorley FC will host Diversity Day at this Saturday’s upcoming fixture against Boston United. As football continues to play a key role in making the game accessible, enjoyable and welcoming for all, the Magpies will be celebrating equality and diversity throughout afternoon.
In addition, the rainbow captain’s armband will be worn by Chorley’s skipper while a number of players will be wearing the iconic Rainbow Laces in their boots which have become a familiar initiative with the campaign over the last few years. Last year alone, 75,313 pairs of Rainbow Laces were distributed in all areas of sport, from the supporters in the stands, to the players, referees and officials out on the pitch, while there was also an eight per cent decrease in 18 to 35-year-old sports fans thinking that homophobic language is acceptable.
At Locking Stumps Community Primary School, we’ve been celebrating diversity throughout the week and have a big group of children in attendance on Saturday. They’ll be cheering us throughout the afternoon as we’ll be showing our full support for Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign – raising awareness and visibility of such an important issue. As a local club, we remain committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in all areas of football – Jamie Vermiglio (Manager, Chorley FC)
Over the last two years, the campaign has collectively generated a huge amount of awareness of LGBT in sport, shifting the dial in the attitudes of fans and participants in sport.
Our aim is simple – to welcome everyone into our Magpie Family – young, old, disabled and LGBT supporters alike. With over 5,000 football players in 2018, professionals sill aren’t confident to openly come out as gay. Statistics also show that seven out of ten fans have heard homophobic abuse at matches. That’s why we a proud to support Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign and welcome all fans to games, irrespective of their sexuality orientation – Josh Vosper (Commercial Manager, Chorley FC)