Rainbow Laces returns to Norfolk Football
OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, YOU HAVE SHOWN A HUGE AMOUNT OF SUPPORT FOR LGBTQ+ PEOPLE IN NORFOLK FOOTBALL BY TAKING PART IN RAINBOW LACES.
Each year we support the important messages behind the Rainbow Laces campaign. This year’s campaign runs from Thursday 25 November to Sunday 12 December and we want you to get involved, once again.
This season’s theme is “Lace up and Speak Up” and focuses on starting conversations around LGBTQ+ inclusion. By focusing on a simple action, we hope we can make it as clear as possible what we want people to learn, feel and do as a result of engaging with the Rainbow Laces campaign, whether they are interacting with their football club on social media, following coverage of the campaign on TV or getting involved in the campaign with their teammates. We know that so many in our sport communities are willing to support LGBTQ+ inclusion, but lack the confidence and knowledge to do so. By focusing on supporting people to ‘start the conversation’ and providing tools to help them feel confident, we hope we can encourage thousands more people to take that leap of faith and become more confident in speaking up about LGBTQ+ inclusions with those around them.
This is a significant step forward for the campaign, but one we know that sport fans and participants are willing to make. Encouraging people to take that step together, as part of a wider movement, will help people break through their lack of confidence.
Rachel Cossey, Norfolk FA's Football Development Manager, said: “It’s great to see the theme of this year’s rainbow laces campaign promoting action through conversation. The Norfolk Football community always impresses with their support of #RainbowLaces and we expect this year to be the same. We hope to see coaches, players, referees and volunteers lacing up and speaking up across our County.”
You don’t have to have laces to join in!
The FA have worked with its partners at PressBox to create a range of editable digital assets for you to use in the lead-up and throughout the campaign window – Free of charge!
PressBox is simply a website that you log in to, create your digital assets, save them and post them to social media or use them across your website. Simply click the link and register for an account to access the dashboard. Create everything from a fixture list, matchday line-ups, half and full-time scores, plus post-match quotes and pledges of support. You can edit every asset to make it truly yours whilst being part of a national campaign and supporting LGBTQ+ inclusion across the sport of football.
We would love to see you in your laces supporting the campaign. Please share your Rainbow Laces activities with us on social media using the hashtag #NorfolkFootballIsProud.
To get your hands on some laces, you can express your interest by clicking below.
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