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Gender Diverse football festival to raise funds for Ledward Centre

Graham Robson July 28, 2021

Sussex FA has announced it is working in partnership with Albion in the Community and Brighton and Hove City Council to bring an inaugural LGBTQ+ Super Sixes football festival to Brighton & Hove. 

Sussex FA and its partners will be running a Gender Diverse Recreational Six-a-side Festival every Thursday evening at Preston Park, Brighton on August 5/12/19 and 26 from 6.30pm with 7pm kick off, 18+ only. 

The event will consist of three groups side by side: Female v Female, Male v Male and Mixed Football. All groups are open to all LGBTQ+, transgender, non-binary and intersex players and allies.

There will also be the chance to win some fantastic prizes such as tickets to local football clubs, including Lewes Men’s and Women’s, and Brighton & Hove Albion Men’s and Women’s. 

Jade Harker, development lead at Sussex FA, said: “We have been working for several years with BLAGSS and Football v Homophobia to ensure that our local LGBTQ+ community are included within football, as everyone should be.

“We are now in a position to really expand the work we are doing and provide further opportunities for the LGBTQ+ community and these Summer Festivals are just the start of what’s to come, we are very excited.”

This is a free event, though it is raising money for the Ledward Centre so donations on the evening are encouraged. 

Teams are welcome to enter but if you are an individual looking for a team then please register your interest and organisers will endeavour to find you a team for the event.

Entries close at 9pm on Sunday, August 1.

To book as a team, CLICK HERE 

To book as an individual, CLICK HERE

Named after James Ledward, one of the city’s most prominent supporters of LGBTQ+ rights and editor of this very magazine, the Ledward Centre is a new and exciting space that will be a lasting tribute to his memory and the huge contribution he made to our entire community.

From the building itself – light, modern and accessible – to the services and cultural activities for which it will be home – the Ledward Centre will live and breathe the values that make the full spectrum of Brighton’s LGBTQ+ communities so confident, vibrant and proud.

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