We are very excited to share that Sunday will be our dedicated Rainbow Laces game. We support Stonewall’s yearly campaign and look forward to this weekend’s FA Cup third round game against Loughborough Lightning.
Proud Terriers, who are an LGBTQ+ Huddersfield Town Supporters Club, are welcomed to the Stafflex Arena this weekend with open arms. Ryan Mather, the chair of Proud Terriers, said: “Rainbow Laces is so important because it raises so much awareness and education around this topic and for me these two things are the most important to keep pushing for change.
“To see more and more clubs getting involved makes me feel so proud because as a gay fan myself, seeing clubs getting involved shows they care about our community and ensures everyone feels welcome. This means a lot when at times I feel very unwelcome and intimidated in the game.”
Town Women Chair, Alison Bamforth said: “I wear rainbow laces in my boots all year round. It’s a great conversation starter for younger players and those who may not otherwise be aware of Stonewall and the Rainbow Laces campaign. I’m proud of how diverse and inclusive Huddersfield Town Women Football Club already is, and I am fully committed to continuing to work to ensure that everyone feels welcome here, whether as a coach, player or fan.”
Newly appointed club captain, Katie Stanley, said: “Football is and should be everyone’s game that’s why I am proud to be an active ally of the rainbow laces campaign to help raise awareness and promote inclusion. #TogetherAgainstDiscrimination”
Glen Preston, First-Team Manager, had to say: “I’m a huge fan of the ‘Rainbow Laces Campaign’, I think it’s an essential movement for society at large as well as in football.
“I think the support mechanisms for players who are openly gay within the women’s game has always been quite strong, but those pillars of support are perhaps less visible in the men’s game.
“However, in my experiences, attitudes are slowly changing for the better and that’s in no small part down to campaigns like this one.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done in and out of football, but an end game of reaching a time where every person can be themselves and be happy is not just a pipe dream anymore and I hope the campaign goes from strength to strength.”
Sunday’s game at the Stafflex Arena kicks off at 13:00 and we welcome fans to come down to support us and Proud Terriers on this monumental day.