Altrincham FC tackles homophobia with new kit

Monday 18th February 2019 | Jake

For people attending football matches across the country, casual homophobia is depressingly commonplace.

To combat the backward views of the minority of fans, the Premier League and many clubs across the football league have introduced initiatives and social media campaigns. Now the non-league football team Altrincham FC have become the first team in the UK to adopt a unique rainbow coloured kit in solidarity with the LGBT+ community.

Altrincham play in the National League North, and usually wear a red and white striped kit. However, on Saturday gone the team played in a rainbow flag strip, with the logo “Football vs homophobia” emblazoned on the middle of the shirt. The logo belongs to an initiative aiming to tackle discrimination in the sport.

The kit was a one-time effort and were auctioned off after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Bradford to support The Proud Trust, a charity for LGBT+ youth. Although a first in British football, Altrincham’s rainbow kit will definitely not be the last of its kind. Welsh club Conwy Borough are set to wear a similar rainbow kit on the 8th of March in a match against Prestatyn Town.

As football is dragged into the 21st century, the good work of clubs like Altrincham and Conwy, as well as the tireless efforts of organisations such as The Proud Trust should be applauded.

Here’s to more clubs following their great example.