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Dave Barton


Posted Friday, November 30th 2018

City support Rainbow Laces and tie up with Bristol Panthers

Bristol City will be supporting the Rainbow Laces campaign at Sunday's game against Millwall by launching a partnership with LGBT+ team the Bristol Panthers.

Clubs across the country are uniting in their support of inclusivity with players wearing multi-coloured laces and turning their substitution boards and corner flags rainbow coloured to raise awareness of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign.

And City are standing united with Bristol’s LGBT+ football community by supporting The Panthers, established in 2000 to provide a community for LGBT+ football fans in Bristol to watch matches and play football in a friendly and safe environment.

At half-time at Ashton Gate against Millwall, team representatives will be presented with a City shirt with the Panthers name printed on in advance of the club receiving a full set of kit.

Chief Executive Officer of the Bristol City Trust Dan White said: “It's great to have the Panthers join with us to promote inclusive football for all. This is part of our ‘We are City’ project where we support grassroots teams and this marks the start of an ongoing partnership which will see the Panthers play in the red of Bristol City.

"The Panthers have gone from strength to strength and I hope this partnership will continue to help the team grow and give more people the opportunity to play football in an environment they feel comfortable in.”

Panthers Vice-Chair Peter Davey said: "Joining with Bristol City is a really exciting and progressive step that will encourage people to play and watch football that haven't felt welcomed before.

“We are proud to join with Bristol City to show that football is for everyone. Fans from our team have been coming to Ashton Gate for many years, and it is a fantastic statement from the club to now have an LGBT+ team as part of the Bristol City family.”

The Panthers play in the national Gay Football Supporters' Network (GFSN) league, facing teams from London, Leicester and Cardiff, and have had good runs this year in tournaments in Newcastle and Charlton. They also play regular friendlies against other LGBT+ teams, and recently played a commemorative Remembrance match against a team from the British Army's Royal Corps of Signals.

If you're looking for a fun and friendly environment to enjoy football and make new friends in the Bristol LGBT+ community, check them out.