Brighton & Hove Albion’s FA Women’s Super League match against West Ham United on Sunday 2nd December, kick-off 2pm, has been chosen as the club’s dedicated Rainbow Laces women’s fixture.
Albion are working as part of a joint partnership with Stonewall, Kick It Out, Fans for Diversity and Crawley Town to promote the club’s equality work and combined commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion for all.
There will be a host of activities taking place in and around the Broadfield Stadium on the day for children take part in, providing more information about the campaign itself.
Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign is a way for everyone involved in sport to show their support for LGBT equality and inclusivity, and the club will also be supporting the campaign across its men’s, academy and disability teams.
Albion’s under-18 players will have the option to wear the laces in their FA Youth Cup tie against West Ham United on Monday 3rd December. The club’s under-23 squad will have the chance to do so in their Premier League 2 Division 1 fixture at home to Leicester City the following week.
Three of Albion in the Community’s disability-specific national league teams wore the laces at their respective matches over the weekend, including Brighton & Hove Albion Cerebral Palsy FC, Brighton & Hove Albion Deaf FC and Brighton & Hove Albion Powerchair FC.
The laces were also worn by players from AITC’s regular session for people with Down’s syndrome, as they played friendly matches against Arsenal and Crystal Palace.
Participants at the charity’s Premier League Kicks sessions and staff across the club and charity will also receive the laces.
The club has also recently attained the preliminary level of the Premier League Equality Standard and is now working towards the intermediate level. Increasing LGBT inclusion is a key part of the club’s equality action plan.