Birmingham Blaze FC to host a weekly “safe space” to get more LGBTQ+ people into football

Graham Robson November 8, 2022

Birmingham Blaze FC, an LGBTQ+ team competing in local Birmingham leagues as well as nationally and internationally in tournaments, has announced weekly football sessions to try to get more LGBTQ+ people playing the sport.

The over-18s sessions run every Wednesday at 7pm at Ark St Albans Academy, and have been funded by the Birmingham Pride Community Trust Fund.

John-Paul Kesseler, co-chair, said: “Not everyone had the ability when they were younger to join a football team.

“We’re a safe space and a safe haven for people who just want to play football.”

The club was awarded £1,740 at Birmingham Pride 2022 to help set up the initiative.

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Birmingham Blaze FC receives a cheque at Birmingham Pride 2022