In 2016 the F-v-H campaign was expanded into Wales, with a huge influx in the number of Welsh clubs from grassroots to elite that wanted to be involved. This was also the first year that support from the Football Association of Wales was obtained.
MONTH OF ACTION
February is traditionally the campaign Month of Action with many Welsh clubs deciding to dedicate home matches to promote F-v-H and challenge homophobia in football. Grassroots clubs are well represented with Cardiff Dragons FC, Hafod Ladies FC, Aberystwyth Ladies FC and Cyncoed Ladies FC all dedicating matches and promoting the campaign via their social media channels. Semi-pro and professional clubs are also involved, including ourselves, Wrexham, Newport County, Cardiff City, Barry Town United and Carmarthen all dedicated home matches to the campaign.
There are many ways that Clubs can engage with F-v-H all year round, not just in our Month of Action.
Some clubs use a dedicated match as an opportunity to link up with their local LGBT community. Cardiff City invited members of Wales’ first and only LGBT football club, Cardiff Dragons, along to their dedicated game. Plus Airbus Broughton UK connected with local diversity organisation ‘Rainbow Biz’ who came along to their dedicated match to hand out fliers to spectators.
We have previously asked for a workshop for Merthyr College students which was really well received.
“A huge thanks to Lou for coming along to the College Merthyr Tydfil and delivering the FvH Workshop. It was interesting to see the issues that affect people within in the game of football both on a local and professional level. It was a real educational eye opener for the students and they benefited hugely! I would certainly recommend this workshop to anyone and it was brilliantly delivered by Lou, the young people were engaged throughout” Elliott Evans, our former-Community Development Officer.