Our incredible month of action to support the Football Vs Homophobia/Biphobia and Transphobia campaign and LGBT History month began with a fantastic event in the form of a friendly fixture against Cardiff Met Staff FC. The match on 7th February had a great build up…
The oppositions first mixed gender match was a brilliant event to raise awareness, support the campaign and gain lots of local visibility. Although the final score wasn’t in our favour, it was a good game played in good spirits and we hope for a rematch soon!
We are excited about this ground breaking local partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University – highly regarded and one of the leading universities for sport in the UK. We’ve also linked with Cardiff Met Equalities and the university’s LGBT staff network. We hope to recruit a few new players!
Hosted by Cardiff Metropolitan University, and marking LGBT History Month, we were then invited to a very special event ‘A night Out with Nigel Owens’ on the 21st February. This was a very honest and inspirational talk from Nigel, who told of his struggle to become comfortable with his sexuality and his journey in becoming the world class rugby referee he is today. One of his key messages? To be the very best at what you do – be yourself.
The 24th February saw the LGBT Sport Cymru mini film festival with Iris Outreach. No less than three former Dragons are featured in the film which challenges attitudes to LGBT people in Sport, including director Hannah Winterbourne. Filming took place back in September and it had its premiere at the mini film festival. Watch this space for its general release…
To top it all off, we were invited to Cardiff City FC’s dedicated FvH match Vs Fulham FC. Holding the giant banner pitch side, with the FvH message on the big screens, was a very proud moment for our club and a great moment in the Dragons’ history. It was a testament to all the hard work put in over the years that a Championship club were promoting us and the Football V Homophobia campaign. Thanks to Cardiff City FC for inviting us, we had a great reception from the Cardiff fans. We hope to continue to work closely with Cardiff City FC.
Last but not least we were featured in the South Wales Echo. The 28th February saw us in an article about our recent funding from Comic Relief for Transgender awareness training. A reinforcement of the year-round importance of the existence of Cardiff Dragons FC in breaking down barriers and prejudices within the sport—in the city, in South Wales, and beyond.