The sexual orientation or gender identity of individuals should never be a barrier to getting involved in football in Wales. Opportunities for coaches, players, referees and volunteers should exist for everyone.
The Welsh Football Trust and FAW are members of the LGB&T Sport Cymru Network. This network was established following research conducted by Sport Wales and Stonewall Cymru, which invited lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals living in Wales to share their views about sport. It revealed that whilst many lesbian, gay and bisexual people are interested in sport, they have also been put off by negative experiences or the perception that it is an unpleasant and unsafe environment for them. Outcomes of the research included a number of recommendations for National Governing Bodies, Clubs and Schools. As a governing body, we are actively working on improving opportunities for LGB&T people to play, coach, referee or volunteer in football. There is more information below as to what Clubs and Schools can do to tackle this issue in sport.
Equality Standard for Sport
The Welsh Football Trust is committed to ensuring that inequalities within football are addressed through the Equality Standard for Sport Framework. This Framework helps sports organisations to identify areas where improvements can be made to ensure that there are fewer barriers for participation, coaching, officiating and volunteering. We have already made great progress in developing more opportunities for women and girls, Black and Minority Ethnic Communities and Disabled people. In addition to this, we are now turning our attention to the LGB&T community.
Cardiff Dragons FC
We are fortunate in Wales to have a football club that is dedicated to giving LGB&T players an opportunity to play together, free from homophobia. Cardiff Dragons FC has been established since 2008 and welcomes players of all abilities to join them for 11-a-side and 5-a-side football. The club was first set up by a group of five gay men in Cardiff who wanted a safe and friendly environment in which to play.
The club has grown year on year and now has over 60 male and female members from South Wales, the Valleys, West Wales and even Bristol. They compete in the GFSN League and also play local community fixtures so there is something for everyone. More information can be found on their website: www.cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk and you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for the latest information on training venues and times.
If you would like more information or to speak to someone about this information on this page please email Lauren.Smith@welshfootballtrust.org.uk