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BANTAMS TO SUPPORT WOMEN'S RAINBOW LACES CAMPAIGN

24 November 2019

We are proud to be supporting Bradford City Women's upcoming Stonewall Rainbow Laces campaign. 

The campaign aims to draw attention to increased lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ+) inclusion in football. 

New manager Chris Hames' first match at the women's helm - at home to Liverpool Feds, next Sunday (December 1) - will be used to promote this message. 

All players will wear a pair of Stonewall's rainbow shoelaces in their football boots for the clash, with a special one-off matchday programme being produced. 

Last week, women's secretary and media officer, Matthew Kermode, and player and nominated LGBT+ ambassador, Ellie Edwards, were invited down to the Bantams' Woodhouse Grove training base to spread awareness of the campaign. 

Edwards, great-grandaughter of former City player and manager, Bryan Edwards, met with midfielder Jake Reeves, who was presented with a pair of rainbow laces of his own. 

Kermode spoke of his pride in the support the campaign has recieved, saying: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with the club to support Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign.

"It is our hope that we can go some way towards raising awareness of LGBTQ+ within sport, and creating a society that is more tolerant and accepting of everyone.

"There is no space for hatred - of any kind - in football and we are proud to be working with Bradford City Football Club, Stonewall, the FA and the West Riding FA to make football fair for all."

To find out more about Stonewall's 2019 Rainbow Laces campaign, please CLICK HERE


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