ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
Football v Homophobia is an international initiative that exists to challenge discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression at all levels of football. We want football to take a clear stand against homophobia and transphobia so that everyone can enjoy the beautiful game and so that football leads the way in removing discrimination and prejudice based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Football v Homophobia works on a number of levels from events, to campaigning, to policymaking and throughout all aspects of football from grassroots to the professional game.
THE MONTH OF ACTION
Football v Homophobia Month of Action takes place every year in February.
It is an international campaign to tackle homophobia and prejudice against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) people in football.
Every year we encourage clubs, players, coaches, referees, fans and other stakeholders to participate in the campaign in any way they can.
Anything you do during the Month of Action helps the work we do by expanding our reach and educating people on the issues. By participating in the Month of Action you are demonstrating that your club is working toward inclusion for all and you are helping football as a whole move one step closer to being free from homophobia and discrimination against LGBT+ people.
WHAT CAN YOU DO
If you want to get involved with the Football v Homophobia 2020 Month of Action there are a number of things you can do
1. DESIGNATE A GAME
During February Month of Action, you could nominate a game to be a Match v Homophobia which could include:
- Adding our logo to any of the game materials
- A news story about the game on your website of social media in the build-up to it
- An article in your match day programme (We can offer text and design input as required)
- Asking your players to wear an FvH T-shirt during warm-up
- Providing stewards with FvH badges or stickers to wear during the games
- Inviting local LGBT organisations to the game
- Displaying FvH posters around the stadium
- Asking players to talk about the need to tackle homophobia, if they are happy to do this
- Use the hashtag #FvH2020 in any social media communications
- Holding a Football v Homophobia awareness event for people during February (FvH can provide advice and support for this)
- Holding a Football v Homophobia youth tournament which can be supported by the FvH team
- Hosting a half-day Football v Homophobia workshop for community coaches which the FvH team could support/deliver
- If your youth coaches are already confident to tackle homophobia, asking them to wear Football v Homophobia badges and/or wristbands during February
Clubs can have a role in engaging supporters in the Football v Homophobia campaign. This could involve:
- Making supporters aware of any action the club is intending to take and including them in the initiative e.g. making them aware of a designated game and asking them to get involved
- This could be as simple as: communicating the Month of Action via their own social media, supporters groups could hold a supporters panel discussion on the issues, supporters could hold their own match v homophobia or the club could hold a fun competition for supporters e.g. asking supporters to come up with the best club campaign to tackle homophobia, the best football song to tackle homophobia or the best anti-homophobia kit.
Football v Homophobia can provide a number of different training opportunities which can help people at all levels of your club have a greater understanding of the issues around homophobia in football and a better knowledge on how to tackle it.
For an extensive list of the training, we provide go to https://www.footballvhomophobia.com/training-programme/
Football v Homophobia provides a range of merchandise, which can be purchased through our online store https://www.footballvhomophobia.com/shop/
- Pin Badges
- Wrist bands
Larger orders of discounted merchandise can be negotiated by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT WE'LL DO
As well as providing support for any different actions you choose to take during the Month of Action, Football v Homophobia will also help promote your good work in this area. We will provide designated social media posts for all your activity and will give you a place on the #FvH2020 Champions Page.
We want to help share the good news of your support for the Month of Action and, more widely, for your efforts to include LGBT+ people in the game.
GET YOUR CLUB ON THE MAP!
We'll add you to the Champions page and map when you let us know how you are supporting FvH