WONDERKID film set to shine light on LGBT issues in football
A film depicting the turmoil facing a gay professional footballer is to make its debut on the big screen later this month.
WONDERKID, a film created by Rhys Chapman, looks to raise awareness of homophobia within football and give confidence to members of the LGBT community who are looking to find a pathway into the game.
Supported by Kick It Out alongside a number of organisations and individuals, including the likes of the Kevin Spacey Foundation and Sir Ian McKellen, WONDERKID was funded through a KickStarter campaign which helped bring the short film to life.
Speaking ahead of the premiere, Rhys gave his support to football’s equality and inclusion organisation.
“I have learned so much from the good work Kick It Out have done over the years and their support has been an integral part of making WONDERKID the success that it is.
“I am very grateful for the help and I am looking forward to working with the organisation to use the film as a force for good within football.”
Troy Townsend, Education and Development Manager at Kick It Out, has offered his and the organisation’s backing ahead of its release.
“Kick It Out is pleased to be supporting the WONDERKID film, which looks to raise awareness of the LGBT community in football.
“The organisation has worked closely with LGBT players, supporters and fan groups across England, to highlight and promote equality within the sport.
“Kick It Out is also at the forefront of educating young people about the impact of homophobia and LGBT issues across the country.
“The organisation works with professional clubs across the Premier League and English Football League, on improving their education about equality and helping them to ensure they promote inclusion across the game.”
To find out more about WONDERKID, click here.