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Sussex Football Unites Against Homophobia

Friendly fixtures in support of FvH month

We were proud to highlight our support for the Football.v.Homophobia (FvH) month of action with two friendly matches, against Brighton Seagals and Brighton LGBTQ+ Sports Society (BLAGSS) on Saturday.

What's more, we are extremely proud to win the FvH County FA of the Year Award in this year's FvH awards.

FvH is a campaign uniting fans, players, communities, grassroots teams, professional clubs and the football authorities in opposing homophobia and prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) people in football.

Our squads made up of staff, friends and sponsors took on Brighton Seagals the in the non-binary/female game and BLAGSS in the non-binary/male game, to highlight ‘Football For All’ and the clubs affiliation to us.

The matches themselves were both competitive encounters played in the true spirit of the occasions, with a win for each team - but the real winner was football and the FvH campaign!

The day started with a team of our staff and friends playing against Brighton Seagals. They are a group that originated from BLAGSS and run recreational sessions for women and non-binary LGBTQ+ players and allies, as well as a team in the Sussex County Women & Girls League. 

Captain and club secretary Justine Thomson led the Seagals to a 7-3 win in a game played in three 25-minute thirds. A goal glut in the second 25 mins was what won the match and ensured that they retained the trophy, lifted by Sas Granville.

The second game was a 90-minute game between ourselves and BLAGSS who are a sports social group that now has around four hundred and fifty lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender members from across Brighton and Hove, Sussex and beyond.

The match ended with the Sussex County FA team lifting the trophy after 6-3 victory thanks to a second-half brace from our Football Development Officer and coach for the day, Sean Lofting. 

(A selection of photographs can be found on Facebook - courtesy of Simon Roe Photography)

For further information about the Football.v.Homophobia campaign please contact:

E: info@footballvhomophobia.com

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