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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Hattie: “Being in an environment that’s not toxic, which the Unicorns isn’t at all, is great.”

For Hattie, discovering and joining the Birmingham Unicorns has given her a new lease of life. By her own admission, Hattie "lives and breathes" cricket, but despite that it was not always an easy journey to the Midlands side. Playing in her slightly younger days, she was on her way to becoming a promising all-rounder …

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Jay Timmins: “I feel part of something that’s got momentum, which is important.”

In many ways, Jay Timmins typifies what inclusive clubs are all about. For a variety of reasons, they never felt able to take part in sport before coming across the Birmingham Unicorns, but now they are slowly taking their first steps in cricket – and loving every minute. Suffering from chronic pain, a condition they …

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Manish Modi: “Graces has allowed me to be a good cricketer, but a better person as well.”

Tomorrow a history-making match will be taking place as Graces and the Birmingham Unicorns face off in the first ever cricket match between two LGBT+ inclusive clubs. While the Unicorns are the newcomers on the block, with Lachlan Smith making the first moves to start the club last year, Graces have gone for decades without …

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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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