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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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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Extra Time 5 with Pride of the Terraces

For many LGBT+ people, the stigma and stereotypes around sport are enough to put them off before ever getting the chance to take part themselves. Already in the current football season we have seen homophobic chants coming from some fans, so it is really no wonder that some would rather avoid that world altogether. Sport …

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Extra Time 4 with Pride of the Terraces

A prevalent theme for underrepresented communities in sport is that you can’t be what you can’t see. It is a refrain often repeated in women’s sport, football especially, but it is just as true for the LGBT+ community. It was particularly pleasing, therefore, to see such a prominence of articles across several media outlets for …

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Ben Watkiss: “People are still maybe a bit fearful of crossing the line, so they just don’t address it at all.”

Examples of LGBT+ people working in men's professional football are few and far between. There are some as you go further down the tiers, with professional referee Ryan Atkin and eighth-tier side Ashford Town's manager Luke Tuffs just two vocal advocates, but between the 92 Premier League and Football League clubs it is extremely rare …

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Ibrox Pride: “It has much more power than people will give it credit for, seeing people standing up.”

Rainbow Laces has given the sporting community – and football in particular – a chance to show their support for LGBT+ people. The message has by and large been one of acceptance and inclusion, with more high-profile messages and interviews being done by allies than ever before. Throughout the rest of the year, positive reinforcement …

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Rainbow Laces – Ross County: “We can’t keep hiding behind ‘that’s just what happens in football’, because every other walk of life has changed.”

Ross County pride themselves on being a club for their local community. Based in Dingwall, home to around 5500 people in the Highlands, having a team in the top flight of the Scottish leagues is a point of pride for the town. Often the lifeblood of the local area, the Staggies rely on their fanbase …

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