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Police officers organise first Football vs Homophobia tournament in Glasgow

20 February, 2019

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Police Federation
February 20, 2019

Police officers organise first Football vs Homophobia tournament in Glasgow

This Friday (22 February) officers from BTP's D Division will host the inaugural Football V Homophobia football tournament in Glasgow. The 7-a-side competition aims to raise awareness of the volunteer-led campaign which challenges discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression at all levels in football.

Teams from BTP D Division, BTP C Division, Police Scotland and Saltire Thistle, Glasgow and the West's LGBT-friendly football club, will face each other at the Toryglen Indoor Centre from midday. The event has been organised by BTP officers supported by LEAP Sports Scotland (Leadership, Equality and Active Participation in Sports for LGBTI people in Scotland).

Sirri Topping, Projects Officer for LEAP Scotland, said:

"Football has the powerful ability to integrate communities and change lives for the better, yet issues persist for LGBTI people in the beautiful game. LGBTI people have always been a part of football, however many find it difficult to be honest and open as they fear abuse, discrimination and exclusion. For these reasons, LGBTI people often become 'invisible' in football or decide not to participate.

"Some people still believe that LGBTI people don't exist in football or that football is considered incompatible with an LGBTI identity. This tournament exists to challenge that message and create visibility around the participation of gay & bisexual men and trans people in football. We are particularly pleased to see the emergency services support the cause and stand in solidarity with the LGBTI football community this Football v Homophobia Month of Action."

David Barbour from Saltire Thistle said:

"These tournaments are a great way of showcasing LGBT inclusivity in football and we are really looking forward to taking part. We're delighted to see the British Transport Police proactively engage with the LGBT community in this way and help show that football is for everyone."

ACC Charlie Doyle, Honorary Chair of the BTP Football Association, said:

"Homophobia isolates and stigmatises people and communities and has no place in a civilised society. This tournament underlines our commitment to use sport not only as a unifier, but a vehicle to highlight that we will not tolerate prejudice and discrimination and that we proudly align with the LGBT community to challenge those who tolerate it. I am immensely proud of all those who are participating in and supporting this important event and invite others to show their support in any way they can"

Tournament Schedule

12:00pmThe tournament opens (photographs/warm up)
12:30pm Semi finals (40 minute match - 20 mins each half)
1:20-1:50pm Break
2:00pm Final (40 minute match - 20 mins each half)
3rd/4th place play-off game (40 minute match - 20 mins each half)
2:45pm (Approx.) The trophy will be presented by Chief Superintendent Eddie Wylie,
Divisional Commander for BTP's D Division