A new Gender Diverse Recreational six-a-side football festival will run in Preston Park this August.
The initiative, organised by Sussex FA in partnership with Albion in the Community and Brighton & Hove City Council, will be held every Thursday evening, with kick off at 7pm
The event, for players aged 18+, will consist of three groups - Female v Female, Male v Male and Mixed Football. Groups are open to all LGBTQ+, Transgender, Non-Binary and Intersex Players and Allies.
There will also be the chance to win some fantastic prizes such as tickets to local football clubs, including Lewes Men’s and Women's, and Brighton & Hove Albion Men’s and Women’s.
Development lead Jade Harker, said: “We have been working for several years with BLAGSS (Brighton LGBTQ+ Sports Society) and Football v Homophobia to ensure that our local LGBTQ+ community is included within football, as everyone should be.
"We are now in a position to really expand the work we are doing and provide further opportunities for the LGBTQ+ community and these summer festivals are just the start of what’s to come, we are very excited.
“This is a free event, though we are raising money for the Ledward Centre, a fantastic LGBTQ+ Centre in Brighton, and we encourage and welcome participation donations on the evening of the events."
Councillor Steph Powell, co-chair of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities & Culture committee, said: “The arrival of the UEFA Women’s EURO’s in the city next year has given us a brilliant opportunity to raise the profile of the sport, encourage participation and leave a lasting legacy across all communities, so I welcome the initiative and the opportunities it provides for members of our LGBTQ+ community.”
Both teams and individuals are being encouraged to enter. Entries close at 9pm on Sunday 1 August 2021.