East Sussex tournament raises awareness of homophobia
The Justin Campaign, in conjunction with Brighton and Hove Albion FC, held an anti-homophobia football tournament this June in Seaford, East Sussex.
Run as part of Tackle Homophobia, a project run by East Sussex County Council, the competition saw over 125 youngsters from across the local area take part at the Downs Leisure Centre.
Event organiser, Sam Whittaker, said: “Although there is a long way to go to tackle homophobia in sports this high profile event has helped to raised awareness and shown the support of young people. The project will continue to run weekly football sessions to continue spreading the message that discrimination of any kind is not acceptable.”
The County Council’s Lead Member for Children and Families, Cllr Colin Belsey, commented: “I am glad we live in a society now where most people find all forms of discrimination completely unacceptable. But homophobia in sport still exists and so events like this remain very important. It was a great day and everyone appeared to be having a fantastic time.”