In support of LGBTQ+ inclusion, the EFL and its Clubs are coming together once again to support Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign with a clear message, football is for everyone.
From tomorrow until Monday 13th December, EFL Clubs will support the campaign with specific matchday activities including Rainbow coloured corner flags, captain armbands and substitution board stickers alongside wider LGBTQ+ inclusion activity organised by Clubs that will take part across England and Wales throughout the campaign.
The EFL and Clubs will also be using Rainbow Laces weekends to re-emphasise their ‘Together Against Discrimination’ matchday messaging which was launched at the start of the season.
EFL Chief Executive, Trevor Birch, said: “I am delighted that we are hosting our first-ever LGBTQ+ Fans’ Forum as part of the EFL’s Rainbow Laces activity this year. Both the League and its 72 clubs are committed to inclusion and this special Fans’ Forum will allow us to celebrate the diversity of our fanbase, while simultaneously exploring with fans how we can enhance the EFL experience for the LGBTQ+ community.
“During the Rainbow Laces period, our Clubs will once again dedicate their matchdays in support of this year’s ‘Lace Up and Speak Up’ theme which seeks to remind fans that every positive conversation helps us reinforce the message that football is everyone’s game.”
Shrewsbury Town is committed to inclusion and is delighted to be supporting the EFL and Stonewall with the Rainbow Laces campaign. Town's game against Charlton Athletic will be the Club's dedicated match supporting the Rainbow Laces Campaign.
In Saturday's matchday programme, keep an eye out for Proud Salopians founder Andy Garden's feature which explains all about the campaign and how it can benefit football and the wider community.