Rainbow Laces 2021
Cheshire FA are delighted to be working in partnership once again with the FA and Stonewall for this year’s Rainbow Laces campaign. The campaign will take place from THURSDAY 25 November – Sunday 12 December.
We hope you’ll show your support by engaging with the campaign throughout this period so that together, we can make football everyone’s game. You can purchase laces from Stonewall here
On Wednesday 8 December 2021, we will be hosting our very own event – Creating an Inclusive Environment.
On the night, we and Kick It Out will be talking about all things Inclusion, including; the importance of allyship, reporting discrimination, respect, being an LGBTQ supporter, inclusion for referees and a look at the importance of the Rainbow Laces campaign in celebrating LGBTQ+ members of the football community. We will be joined by some very special guests from across the game including The Football Association, Football v Homophobia, Rover & Out (Tranmere Rovers LGBTQ Supporters Group), Referees and more.
Cheshire FA’s Business Support Manager, Greg McLean, spoke of his delight at hosting an event at Cheshire FA.
“The Rainbow Laces campaign is one that is particularly close to my heart," he said. "Having struggled with my own sexuality for many years prior to coming out as an openly gay man at the age of 23, I have been proud to share my story with members of the football and sporting communities in the past.
"It will be a privilege to host an event at Cheshire FA on 8 December as not only a celebration of the Rainbow Laces campaign, but to also give us the opportunity to educate fellow grassroots volunteers on how important it is to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our grassroots community, as you never know the struggles individuals may be going through. Our event promises to be a great night.”
You can register to attend this FREE event at Cheshire FA HQ by clicking here
Learn more about Greg’s story here
Participation from your leagues, clubs and other organisations throughout the Rainbow Laces campaign shows support in your local community.
Dan Landstrom, Football Development Officer at Cheshire FA, added: “It is always a privilege to support such a worthwhile and important campaign. We are always proud to see the support from our clubs, leagues and referees of the Rainbow Laces campaign and we would encourage anyone who is not in receipt of a pair of laces from our allocation, please do head to the Stonewall website and order yours: https://stonewalluk.myshopify.com/products/rainbow-laces-all. Thank you all in anticipation for your support.”
FA Chief Executive, Mark Bullingham, writes: “We’ve recently launched our three-year equality, diversity and inclusion strategy, A Game For All, which outlines our long-term commitment to use our influence to create a game free from discrimination.
"We passionately believe everyone should have the opportunity to be involved in football, and to feel safe and comfortable when they do. One of the ways we show this is by supporting campaigns which align with our own beliefs, such as the Rainbow Laces campaign. And this year, our collective effort encourages action, under the theme of Lace Up and Speak Up. Working with Stonewall UK and all across football we are moving the laces on from not only being a symbol of inclusion, but also being a pledge of commitment; a commitment to speak up in the conversations that matter.
"By wearing Rainbow Laces, we’re asking people to not only show their support, but to go one step further and open up the conversation about why they support the cause. To speak to friends, family, colleagues, teams and clubs because every conversation matters if we are to truly make football everyone’s game."