A new strategy has been launched to make sure Scottish football is equal and fair to everyone, aiming to remove the barriers LGBT+ people feel can be harmful.
‘Football v Homophobia Scotland: The Strategy’ has been created by LEAP Sports and the Scottish FA and is supported by a range of LGBT+ sports groups and partners.
The strategy will focus on 3 core areas of work – Policy & Procedures, Education and Communication and can be read in full here.
Scottish football clubs will receive support to update policies and procedures and to help promote LGBT+ awareness campaigns, as well as having access to an e-learning module to help them create an inclusive football environment at every level.
Hugh Torrance, Football v Homophobia Scotland and LEAP Sports Executive Director, said:
“With the launch of this strategy comes a very clear and intentional message that there is no place for LGBTI-phobia in Scottish football.”
“The strategy provides a clear framework for stakeholders to plan change and take action. It’s time to step up efforts and we look forward to supporting the Scottish FA on their journey.”
Scottish FA Chief Executive, Ian Maxwell, said:
“The Scottish FA are committed to making Scottish football reflective and representative of the Scottish population.”
“Anyone seeking to engage with football in Scotland should be able to do so in a welcoming environment, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity. This ground-breaking strategy will help to make Scottish football more inclusive for LGBTI participants and create an environment within our sport that we can proudly state is open to all.”
“We have already been recognised for our work in this area with the prestigious Equality Framework for Sports Advanced Level, making us the first Football Association in the UK and one of a very small number of Scottish National Governing Bodies to achieve the award.”
“This strategy is the latest step in our drive to ensuring equality is embedded in Scottish football at all levels and we are delighted to partner with LEAP Sports and Football v Homophobia Scotland to create this strategy – the first of its kind in Scotland.”