Reading Football Club are pleased to show our support for LGBT inclusivity in sport this week, when the Royals play Leeds United on Tuesday night.
We will unite with other EFL clubs in showing support for Stonewall's campaign, which showcases the power of sport in bringing people together with their 'Come Out Active' week this year, taking place between Saturday 23rd-30th November.
Tuesday night's game against Leeds has been designated as our chance to show continued support for LGBT fans, staff and players alike as we spread the message that football is for everyone. The EFL, Premier League and FA are all supporting Rainbow Laces through various activities both on and off the pitch. The support of EFL Clubs in this campaign is vital to its success.
According to Stonewall, 4 in 10 LGBT people don't believe that sport is welcoming. Football continues to play a key role in making the game accessible, enjoyable and welcoming to all. Your support of the campaign will celebrate lesbian, gay, bi and trans inclusion, alongside reinforcing the message that offensive language and abuse is unacceptable.
Reading's corner flags will turn into rainbow colours for Tuesday night's match, along with Liam Moore's captain's armband, and club partners Casumo's colours will become a rainbow on the Royals' shirts on the night.
A rainbow pennant will be exchanged between the captains, and even the fourth official's substitutes' board will contain rainbow colours.
This campaign follows on from Reading FC showing its support to the Reading Pride festival back in the summer; alongside the Berks & Bucks FA and Support U - a leading LGBT+ help and support service based in the Thames Valley, the club showed its support and engaged with the local community at King's Meadow.
Club staff and coaches from the Reading FC Community Trust hosted a penalty-taking competition, encouraging people to take part and play football. Rainbow laces, Rainbow Reading FC keyrings along with home ticket vouchers for our Men’s and Women’s league fixtures were given out to enable festivalgoers the opportunity to come to a Royals home match of their choice this season.
To find out more about Stonewall's campaign or to register for a pair of Rainbow Laces and a fundraising pack, click here.