Suffolk LGBT organisations in conjunction with Ipswich Town FC
Suffolk LGBT History Month organising group members: Outreach Youth, Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Constabulary, Suffolk New College, Ipswich Borough Council and the Suffolk LGB&T Network
Andy Fell, Outreach Youth – email@example.com
Kelly Weston, Suffolk LGB&T Network – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rod Flory, Suffolk Constabulary – email@example.com
Sarah Adams, Suffolk New College – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tibbs Pinter, Ipswich Borough Council – email@example.com
Camilla Haycock – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rod Flory had met the guys from the Justin Campaign at the pre launch of LGBT History Month at Twickenham, and consequently contacted the team to get involved with FvH 2011. As part of the celebrations of LGBT History Month in Suffolk the organising group contacted Ipswich Town Football Club with regard to getting their support and involvement in LGBT History Month and FvH.
The aim of the project was to make Ipswich Town FC and its supporters aware of Football v Homophobia and the work of the Justin Campaign and to encourage them to challenge homophobia at the club.
Once we had made contact with, and secured the support of Ipswich Town FC, the project was in full swing.
The Justin Campaign were extremely helpful and supportive, sending various promotional materials and templates such as a press release that we could customise.
The first things we did was to create a Football v Homophobia display using materials sent by the Justin Campaign. This was used at the launch of LGBT History Month, which was held at Suffolk new College. After the launch, the displays were taken to Suffolk Police HQ when they were displayed in the main canteen. The local press covered the launch of LGBT History Month at Suffolk New College.
Ipswich Town FC were very supportive and agreed to fly the rainbow flag at their home ground, Portman Road stadium. They also displayed posters and gave match day programme space for the FvH 2011 text. The club will also be supporting LGBT History Month, the Justin Campaign and Football v Homophobia in 2012.
What we learned
The project was a great success, and we learned that it is the enthusiasm and commitment of the organising group members, their organisations, and professional clubs that make these events a success.