Wrexham AFC are proud to be joining the Vanarama National League in supporting Stonewall UK’s Rainbow Laces campaign at this evening’s home game against Weymouth.
Wrexham AFC first-team players joined staff from Wrexham Glyndwr University earlier this week to show their support for Rainbow Laces Day, which took place on Wednesday December 8.
Wrexham AFC Women have also supported the campaign, with the Under-19s doing so during last night’s win against TNS Under-19s.
And today’s Vanarama National League match, or nearest men’s first-team home game to Rainbow Laces Day, will see some players and staff lace up and a rainbow captain’s armband worn too.
This year’s Rainbow Laces campaign asks everyone to Lace Up and Speak Up and start the conversations needed to make sport everyone’s game.
Stonewall UK say, “People from all walks of life can gain a sense of belonging and community through shared passion. And LGBTQ+ people deserve to be a part of this. We shouldn’t feel excluded or shut out just because of who we are.
“Our Rainbow Laces have brought visibility for LGBTQ+ people in sport and awareness around our experiences.
“Today, more than a million people have laced up, and two thirds of sport fans who’ve seen the campaign believe they have a responsibility to stand in solidarity for LGBTQ+ fans of the teams and sports they follow. However, the numbers shoe there is still much to do.”
Rose Norton, at Wrexham AFC Glyndwr University, said: “Sports and physical activity brings so many people together, providing people from all walks of life with a sense of belonging and community through a shared passion.
“Wrexham Glyndwr University are delighted to donate rainbow laces to Wrexham FC to help to raise awareness and highlight the importance of inclusivity within sport – providing opportunity regardless of an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
“Rainbow Laces bring visibility for LGBTQ+ people in sport – sport has the power to unite people and improve our mental and physical health. Wrexham Glyndwr University are pleased to support the club and help them to show their support to our LGBTQ+ community.”