LEAP Sports Scotland announce inaugural Qeltic Games to be held in Perth in 2023

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 …

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Rainbow Laces – Ross County’s Malky Mackay: “You could see how hard it was for Josh in that interview when he kept swallowing, and then he eventually said it, and there was such an outpouring in his favour.”

There are not many people who have seen so many different facets of football as Malky Mackay. Starting out juggling a job in banking with playing as an amateur for Queen's Park, Mackay earned his career changing move to Celtic in 1993, and spent the next five years at the Glasgow giants – being part …

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Lou Englefield: “What keeps me motivated is injustice.”

Chances are, anyone who has done any work towards promoting LGBTQIA+ inclusion in sport in the UK will have come across Lou Englefield at some point. Englefield is the director of Pride Sports, which runs the Football v Homophobia campaign among others, co-chair of Pride House International, a board member of the FARE Network and …

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Pride Pro Wrestling: “What we’re doing is claiming that narrative back and switching it to how it should be.”

In many ways professional wrestling in an outlier in sports. There are those who will question whether it even classifies as a sport, but the athleticism it takes for those who step inside the ring to cope with the physical demands of a wrestling match cannot be denied. It is also not uncommon to see …

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Piero Zizzi: “I needed to give back to the community I had turned my back on for six years.”

Whenever you get an event that features countries from all around the world, there is a huge spotlight on it. That was certainly the case with the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and with those being delayed for a year because of the pandemic it suddenly does not feel like there is too long to wait …

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Alyson Spinas-Valainis: “Believe the thing that we’re telling you. It doesn’t need to resonate with you specifically for you to respect it.”

For some people, throwing a ball as hard as they can at someone would be an act of aggression. Alyson Spinas-Valainis on the other hand has managed to make a career out of it. Their career as a fast-pitch softball player has taken them all over the world. From picking up the game as a …

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Bob Ballard: “There should be a Tom Daley in every single sport for people to look up to.”

Bob Ballard's voice is one that will be familiar to many. In his work as a commentator he has called the action at multiple Olympic Games (summer and winter), Commonwealth Games and world championships, and described several historic occasions. Possibly best known for his work poolside covering swimming and diving, Ballard has also commentated on …

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Waverley Care launch 150k challenge fundraiser

Backed by LEAP Sports Scotland, Waverley Care - Scotland's HIV, Hepatitis C and sexual health charity - are launching an active social fundraiser next month. The organisation helps support people all across Scotland, including providing outreach to people living with HIV, sexual health education to young people in schools and a wellbeing service to all …

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Keegan Hirst: “When people make any change that works out well, they wish they could have done it sooner.”

This article features strong language. Of the growing number of LGBTQIA+ athletes in the United Kingdom, Keegan Hirst's story is relatively well known. He fell into Rugby League, never being a sporty child and even being taken unawares by a coach coming to his door claiming to have spoken to his mum about getting him …

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Brock McGillis: “I absolutely love being a gay man, and I try and say it everywhere because most kids have never heard that.”

Major sports have an immense power to anyone who follows them. As we saw last year during the pandemic, football can provide an escape from everyday worries. For all the vitriol that can be seen from "fans" on social media, taking the knee before matches has helped spark conversation around racial inequality and we have …

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