Macclesfield Town and Macclesfield Town Community Sports Trust are delighted to be supporting the 2019 Rainbow Laces campaign.
Over the last three years Rainbow Laces has helped to increase positive attitudes towards LGBT people and celebrate inclusion in our game. By getting together to wear Rainbow Laces and badges, and promoting Rainbow Laces across the football club we want to set an example in the biggest ever display of support for LGBT people in football.
The Premier League and English Football League’s partnership with Stonewall is in its third season, and across the country are working to;
- Achieve equality, diversity and inclusion across ever area of the Premier League and EFL operation and policies, including membership of Stonewall’s Global Diversity Champion programme.
- Reduce discriminatory abuse online and in our grounds by improving reporting and enforcement (including working with the Police and Crown Prosecution Service).
- Use the Rainbow Laces campaign to promote LGBT inclusion in football and engage with sports media.
- Increase the confidence and knowledge of player care professionals in supporting LGBT inclusion across the professional game.
- Embed LGBT acceptance and inclusion in the Premier League’s and EFL’s club community organisations and programmes, such as Premier League Kicks and Premier League Primary Stars.
We want all fans, players and communities to feel welcome and able to be themselves. Many LGBT people live and breathe sport but 40% still don’t think sport is welcoming. We can all work to make people feel more included – we’re at our best when we feel part of the team!
Keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks from Friday 22nd November to Saturday 7thDecember for the Rainbow Laces. Which will be worn by players, staff and officials in the game on Saturday 7th December against local rivals Crewe Alexandra.
With our football education academy staff and players also wearing Rainbow Laces in their upcoming fixtures for Doncaster Rovers and Sheffield United.
The Rainbow Laces will also be worn at upcoming Premier League Primary Stars and Premier League Kicks sessions by our Community Sports Trust Staff.
Get involved on Twitter with @StonewallUK @thesilkmen @thesilkmenEDS @mtfccst and using #RainbowLaces
This is everyone’s game.