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24 November 2023

Club News


24 November 2023

Town will hold their designated Rainbow Laces game against Southampton

- Town back Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces initiative
- Members of Darren Moore’s squad will wear Rainbow Laces
- ‘Proud About Town’ members will be on hand to give out badges and laces to supporters

Huddersfield Town supports Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign to make sport everyone’s game!

Since Rainbow Laces kicked off in 2013, over a million people have laced up in support of LGBTQ+ inclusion in sport, fitness, and physical activity.

Town joins the EFL, other organisations, sports people and more to play their part to kick discrimination out of sport.

Huddersfield Town Terriers Together Ambassador Chris Maxwell commented:

“I’m delighted that we’re supporting Stonewall and the Rainbow Laces initiative again this season. Our work trying to be as inclusive as possible is important to me, and this is always a cause that I’m more than willing to promote.

“Whether you are a supporter, one of our members of staff or a teammate, nobody should feel unable to be their true self, and while we’ve seen some progress in this area, there is still plenty of work to be done to ensure that football is the game for all that we want it to be.

“I completely understand the difficulties and hesitancy that people may have in disclosing this area of their life when it comes to sport and we shouldn’t overlook that, but I’d like everyone to know that support is there for them and an inclusive community is waiting when they’re ready.

“My boots are already laced up ready to step out at the John Smith’s Stadium tomorrow, and I look forward to proudly supporting the cause alongside my teammates and our supporters against Southampton.”

Thanks to the support over the last decade:

- 74% of people now consider LGBTQ+ people part of the sport community.
- 68% feel a responsibility to stick up for LGBTQ+ fans of the teams and sports they follow.
- 49% believe they are more likely to challenge anti-LGBTQ+ language at live sport fixtures.
- 71% think leading sports organisations are taking their responsibility to support LGBTQ+ fans and players more seriously than they were a year ago.

We are committed to continuous progress and this is one of the reasons why the Rainbow Laces fixture is an integral aspect of our annual Terriers Together calendar. As a Club we are determined to keep pushing to ensure LGBTQ+ inclusion is at the forefront of our EDI Strategy.

The Terriers will be supporting the Rainbow Laces campaign in their Sky Bet Championship fixture against Southampton on Saturday 25 November.

Football clubs across Britain are joining the Rainbow Laces takeover, including all Premier League clubs, the EFL clubs, the Barclays Women’s Super League, and more.

Premier League and EFL clubs’ Rainbow Laces-themed fixtures will feature a bespoke Rainbow Laces pitch flag, and captains will wear Rainbow armbands.

Our ‘Proud About Town’ group along with our HR Manager and Equality Lead, Zoe Shackleton, will also be handing out badges and laces outside the Community Hub at the John Smith’s Stadium before the Southampton fixture on Saturday 25 November. We are keen to work with members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies in our fanbase, so there will also be an opportunity to sign up to join ‘Proud About Town’ and be part of developing the group.

To find out more about the Rainbow Laces campaign CLICK HERE, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and Instagram.

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