F.A. Centre to host cup final of world’s largest LGBT Football League

Besi Besemar May 28, 2014

This Saturday, May 31, the Gay Football Supporters Network (GFSN), national cup final will be held at the English FA’s state-of-the-art training facility in St. George’s Park near Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire.

St. George's Park
St. George’s Park

The game will be contested between Village Manchester FC and London Romans FC.

The centre set in the National Forest, in 330 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland, is the training base for the 24 England teams and features world class facilities to improve the future of football at all levels.

The final will take place on the elite indoor 3G pitch which comes complete with a 200 seater viewing gallery.

The match kick off is at 4.30pm and everyone is welcome to attend.

GFSN spokesperson Simon Smith, said: “We are honoured that the FA have allowed us to use their amazing facility at St George’s Park for the GFSN Cup Final in this the 25th Anniversary year of our organisation. Showcase matches like this act as a great advertisement for the participation and inclusion of LGBT people in football.”

Angie Harper, Football Development Officer (Women, Girls and Inclusion), Derbyshire County Football Association added: “Derbyshire County FA are proud to support the GFSN Cup Final. Homophobia and discrimination against LGB&T people in football is unacceptable and Derbyshire County FA are committed to creating safe and inclusive football environment for everyone.”

Jodie Allard – Football Development Officer (Inclusion) at Staffordshire FA, concluded: “A key priority of Staffordshire FA’s work is to ensure that football is free from discrimination and harassment, and to promote the involvement of people from all backgrounds within football in Staffordshire. At Staffordshire FA, we have a clear strategy that is incorporated into our project planning, organisation and delivery to develop football and increase participation for all sections of society, ensuring that football truly provides opportunities for all.

“Throughout the implementation of this work, we recognise the Gay Footballers Support Network (GFSN) as a key partner who continue to provide opportunities and support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender football fans across the UK. The GFSN Cup Final on Saturday 31st May is a fantastic opportunity for the organisation to display the great work they are doing in supporting LGB&T people within football, by increasing opportunities for their members and providing a clear voice against serious LGB&T issues.”

What: Gay Football Supporters Network cup final

When: Saturday, May 31

Where: St. George’s Park, Newborough Road, Needwood, Burton-Upon-Trent, DE13 9PD

Time: 4.30pm