‘Football vs. Homophobia’ returning to Derry this summer

Maeve O'Neill, Rainbow Project (right), pictured with the Playhouse girls, Darragh Doherty, Jessical Caldwell and Aine McCarron. DER3415MC064
Maeve O'Neill, Rainbow Project (right), pictured with the Playhouse girls, Darragh Doherty, Jessical Caldwell and Aine McCarron. DER3415MC064

The Rainbow Project in partnership with the Old Library Trust’s 14 project is holding a ‘Football vs. Homophobia’ tournament on Friday August 26, as part of this year’s Foyle Pride Festival. The event is open to teams of all levels and abilities and will start at 2p.m. in Bishop’s Field.

“We want football to take a clear stand against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia so that everyone can enjoy the beautiful game and so that football leads the way in removing discrimination and prejudice based on gender identity and sexual orientation,” said Maeve O’Neill from the Rainbow Project.

‘Football vs. Homophobia’ was originally conceived and launched by the Justin Campaign in 2010. The Justin Campaign was founded in 2008 to demonstrate that 10 years after Justin Fashanu’s tragic suicide in 1998, homophobia was still hugely prevalent in both grass roots and professional football.

“We recognise the power of sport in bringing communities together and giving people the chance to be part of a team, where everyone is valued and respected. This football tournament invites everyone, regardless of ability, gender, sexual orientation to come together for day of fun and football whilst sending out a strong message that discrimination is not tolerated within sport and our communities,” added Maeve.

“Last year both Derry City Football Club and Institute Football Club supported this event and we hope for their support again this year. All supporters are also welcome. To enter you must be aged 14 or above, and entry fee is £1 per player. You can enter as a team or as an individual.”

For a registration form contact maeve@rainbow-project.org or phone 02871283030.