Football v Homophobia Youth Panel launches

Football v Homophobia, the international campaign to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in football has launched a UK Youth Panel to support its work across Britain.

The Youth Panel will help inform the work of the campaign, ensuring that it stays relevant to the needs of young people involved in football.

Speaking on behalf of Football v Homophobia, Campaign Director Lou Englefield explains:

“We have been so impressed by the number of applicants and calibre of responses we received to our appeal for Youth Panel members. We have attracted young people from across the game and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the time and effort put into applying”

Football v Homophobia is excited to announce that twelve young people have been recruited to the youth Panel and are gearing up to help change the face of football.

The campaign is pleased to welcome: Alex Coyle, Andy Wilkins, Annabel Steen, Beatrice Thirkettle, Brian Stokes, Callum Jewell, Clare Basset, Craig Stewart, Isabella Mawdsley, Marty Hill, Michael Turner, and Tyron McGee.

Brian Stokes outlines his reasons for joining the the panel,

“I want to see how we can help develop more strategies for the lower reaches of the game and I’m also looking forward to working with people with all sorts of different perspectives and backgrounds.”

Whilst Clare Basset explains,

“I’ve been a huge Reading fan since I was a little kid. I’m here because I believe football is everyone’s game and we still have a lot to do to make that a reality”

Members of the Youth Panel will use their experience and insight to create a more positive and welcoming environment for LGBT+ young people in football.  Initially the group will work remotely to develop terms of reference for the panel and share ideas on how the campaign can better reach young people.  The panel will meet face-to-face early in June for a day’s workshop to begin planning for the following season and the February 2019 Month of Action.

A GoFundMe campaign has also been launched today to support the work of the Youth Panel over the next 12 months https://www.gofundme.com/football-v-homophobia-youth-panel

For more information about the Football v Homophobia Youth Panel, please contact Angharad Englefield-Nelson anghi@leapsports.org