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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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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Extra Time 3 with Pride of the Terraces

Trans inclusion in sport has come under a renewed microscope in 2020. World Rugby’s controversial stance that led to them implementing a ban on trans women taking part in the sport came in for serious criticism, with the RFU deciding not to adopt the policy and other nations conducting research in order to make a …

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Blair Hamilton: “The more trans is visible, the more it is socially acceptable.”

As a young child, Blair Hamilton hated football – making it quite ironic that for most of her life since then she has played it. Her father would take her to games and she would hate the noise of the crowd, but as she got older she began playing and fell in love with the …

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Pride Active Conversations: “You can’t just step in there and say you’re a female and compete if you haven’t transitioned.”

It has been five weeks since LEAP Sports Scotland launched their Pride Active Conversations series, with special guests Philippa York, John Dickinson-Lilley, Beth Allen, Amy McDonald and Callum Skinner completing the line up for the first batch of interviews. Cyclist York, formerly the UK’s most successful athlete ever in the sport as Robert Millar, was …

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