Panteres Grogues; Barcelona, Spain
Marc Andreu, Club President – firstname.lastname@example.org
Panteres Grogue is a sports club that aims to fight homophobia in sport. As we have a football section, we thought it would be a good idea to organise a football match to celebrate FvH in 2011. The project was important to us because we think that we have to fight homophobia from our ordinary activity, which is sport. The aim was to raise awareness of the problem of homophobia in amateur and professional football.
We included the match activity in our general programme of activities against homophobia. We contacted our football section to make them organise the event and participate in the football match. We sent a press release to the media and we informed people of the match through our mailing list, newsletter and website.
Both female and male football teams played a match against another team made up of members of Barcelona Sport Institute. The match itself was a great success. We played in a professional football ground and open to the public so there were spectators there who received the message. We got lots of publicity; we gathered pictures from the event which were published in the internet, our facebook profile, our website and on our youtube channel. The news was also published in some local gay press. The event also had indirect repercussions on TV channels through the politicians that came that day to the match.
What we learned
We learned that it is important to share the event with other LGBT organizations. But the most important thing that made this project work is the participation of our football teams in the organization of the event.