Kick It Out ambassador to take Devon Lions training session
Exeter City striker and Kick It Out ambassador John O’Flynn is running a training session at Devon Lions, Devon’s first and only gay-friendly football club, this Sunday (11 December).
The Lions, who represent Devon in the Gay Football Supporters’ Network (GFSN) league, formed in February 2009 and since then has provided a non-judgemental environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and heterosexual players to enjoy playing football.
Looking forward to taking charge of the session, O’Flynn said: “Football should be about bringing people together whatever their backgrounds. Let’s help make Exeter City a true community club, welcoming to all, be it young or old, black or white, male or female, gay or straight, disabled or able-bodied, with faith or without. As the saying goes – united we stand; divided we fall.”
Richard Cowell, Devon Lions Secretary, said: “This is such a fantastic step forward to have a Football League club helping make a stance against the homophobic prejudice still seen in the game. Exeter City have been incredibly welcoming of our prospect and cause and it sets an example to the rest of footballing world: That we can make a stand against the abuse regularly seen at clubs up and down the country”.
The training session, which will be held in Exeter, has been organised by Exeter City’s One Game, One Community group, which operates under the umbrella of Exeter City’s Supporter’s Trust.
The aims of the group are to address all strands of equality including race, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs. The group works closely with Exeter City FC and its Community Trust to promote a positive and inclusive outlook.
Devon Lions are always on the lookout for new players, supporters or volunteers, so no matter how experienced you are, you will be made to feel welcome. To find out more, please contact the club via email@example.com.