The annual LGBTI Scottish sporting festival is back from 1st to 17th June, with more events than ever before!
Organised by LEAP Sports, the festival features over 80 activities across the country, designed to improve the access and participation for LGBTI people in sport.
From a quiz night with the Proud Huddle Celtic Supporters Club to Rainbow Roller Skating in Glasgow, from a Quidditch taster in Edinburgh to a Pride Hike on the Isle of Bute – whatever takes your fancy, you’ll find it happening in venues across the country!
The new festival programme is out now, packed full of details for all the exciting taster sessions and events to help get you off the couch or encourage you to take up a more active lifestyle. You can keep up to date with all the latest news as it’s added to the LEAP Sports Facebook page.
One of the critical elements of Festival Fortnight is having reliable volunteers to help run all the events. Tommy Clarke has been volunteering with LEAP for the past 5 years and says it’s a great opportunity:
“Being a volunteer for LEAP Sports has been a fantastic journey which has opened up so many opportunities for me. One of the best parts of Festival Fortnight is that you get to meet so many people, all eager to try something new and get involved. Hosting an event in the programme also gives you a chance to help people get into new sports too.”
“This year I’m most looking forward to trying out some new activities, like the wall climbing with Outdoor Lads, and ofcourse my favourite event the Rainbow Roller Skating at RollerStop.”
LEAP Sports are also co-ordinating the return of Pride House to Glasgow for the 2018 European Championships, being held in the city from 2nd to 12th August.
Pride House is a concept that offers LGBTI people who enjoy sport, whether participating or supporting, a safe and inclusive space at major sporting events. A full programme of activity is being planned, with a venue due to be announced shortly.
Scotland last hosted Pride House in 2016 for the Homeless World Cup and in 2014 for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, with both events being hailed a major success.
LEAP are keen to hear from anyone interested in volunteering for Pride House, details below.