Sirri Rånes: “I was able to feel that gut wrenching pain of what it feels like to be excluded, to be deemed as less and unworthy. I didn’t want anyone else to ever feel that.”

From a very early age, Sirri Rånes became aware that sport was rife with inequality – and that has gone on to inspire the path she would take as a career. Rånes currently plays rugby and recreational football, but it was not always that way. Football was her first love, with rugby not properly coming …

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Glasgow West FC: “We’re trying to break the mould, but we have to go and jump through these hoops.”

Over the last few years, there has been a shift among clubs targeting the LGBTQIA+ community away from the term ‘LGBT+ clubs’ towards ‘inclusive clubs’. This has happened for a variety of reasons, not in the least because many of the clubs are not exclusively LGBTQIA+. They also cater for straight allies, and there has …

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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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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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Glasgow Raptors: “They can be who they are, and still enjoy sport at the same time.”

The summer of 2021 feels like it will be a fresh start in many ways for the Glasgow Raptors. Based in the part of Scotland hit by the most consistently severe restrictions during the pandemic, their recent return to training has been most welcome after being out of action since summer turned to autumn last …

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Zy Evangelista: “The moment I stepped on to the court to play that game, it’s like I just forgot about everything else.”

Zy Evangelista went through many of the same emotions growing up that so many other LGBT+ people felt about sport. They were a huge basketball fan, but was never able to commit to playing at school. The difference was that in their case, it had nothing to do with their sexuality or gender identity – …

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Frazer Robertson: “You don’t reach the top and then stop. You always have to work at it, LGBT+ inclusion in sport is never going to go away.”

Even among those who would class themselves as very sporty people, floorball is not a discipline that many will be familiar with. The simplest way of describing it is as ice hockey without the ice, and slightly less contact. Teams of six play over three 20-minute periods, usually indoors, with a ball instead of a …

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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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LEAP Sports launch Pride Active Conversations with Philippa York as first guest

Cycling legend Philippa York will be the first guest in a new series of interviews organised by LEAP Sports Scotland to raise awareness of LGBTIQ+ issues in sport. The Pride Active Conversations will run over the coming weeks with guests already confirmed from the worlds of cycling, football and golf serving as an online alternative …

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