LEAP Sports Scotland have announced the launch of the Qeltic Games – a new grassroots multisport tournament which will bring together LGBTQIA+ sports teams, athletes and allies from Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The first edition of the Games will take place in Perth on August 25-27 2023, alongside Perthshire Pride in a bonanza weekend of events in the city. The event is expected to take place in and around North Inch, and it is hoped future editions will be held in England, Wales and Ireland.
Seven sports have already been confirmed for the first Qeltic Games: Badminton, Football, Golf, Roller Derby, Rugby, Running (5K & 10K) and Squash. These will form the core programme of the Games, with a wider programme of participative events currently being developed.
Anna Davies, co-chair of Perthshire Pride said: “We are so happy to be a part of this incredible event and to incorporate our 2023 Pride event with the Qeltic Games. It will be great for Perth and a fantastic weekend.”
Councillor Peter Barrett, Perth & Kinross Council’s equalities lead said: “I’m delighted that Perth will be the host of the first ever Qeltic Games in 2023. The city has so much to offer as a venue for events and to be an integral part of this fantastic LGBTIQ+ sporting tournament is tremendous.
“I am looking forward to welcoming the hundreds of LGBTIQ+ athletes and competitors in 2023. It is a great reflection on our Fair City and the Council’s support for equal opportunities for all”.
Live Active Leisure who run many of the sports facilities in Perth where the Games will take place, have also been announced as a strategic partner. Phil Coleman, partnership manager said: “We have worked alongside LEAP Sports Scotland over a number of years on different initiatives and we’re delighted to be a key partner in this exciting new event that promotes equality and inclusion in sport.”
Announcing the news in Perth with the Provost of Perth & Kinross Dennis Milloy, Pamela Greer, Director and Trustee of LEAP Sports Scotland said: “We are pleased to be announcing Perth as the location of the first edition of Qeltic Games. Its central location, excellent transport links, high quality sports facilities, great track record in hosting events and renowned hospitality combine to make Perth the top choice to host the Qeltic Games.
“We are looking forward to working with Perth & Kinross Council, Live Active Leisure, Perthshire Pride, the LGBTIQ+ community in Perthshire, and local partners to make the first edition of the Games a truly inclusive, participative and memorable experience for all.”