Stonewall FC - the first LGBTQ+ football club in the UK
Despite the growing profile of the Women's game and the continued success of the elite game, Women and non-binary football players are still very under-represented in football. 30 years after creating the first gay football club in the UK, Stonewall FC is creating a new team with the aim of providing a safe space for women, non-binary and gender non-conforming players to access, learn, grow and play football in London. Our website - www.stonewallfc.com - will give you a lot more information about us.
How COVID-19 affected us
This season has been particularly stressful as Covid forced us into a serie of stop and start protocols as we have been unable to play or train for most of the year and put a firm stop to many of our projects that we had planned to celebrate our 30th year.
We had to adapt our training session and purchased more equipment, we limited the number of players who could take part which in turn reduce our income. But we still had to hire the same number of pitches so we had the same level of expenses.
We had to explore other avenues of getting income in and launched our first football kit for the public to purchase (limited run only).
We tried our best to keep our club afloat and we were successful in this!
But the biggest impact had been to put on hold several projects - including the launch of our women and non-binary team. With the project restart, we are now ready to launch this new section of our football club and to provide a safe space for women and non-binary players to enjoy football.
A new women and non-binary team
This is an ambitious project where all the money raised will go to support the creation of the team and sustain its growth from its 5-a-side beginnings to become a fully established part of our LGBT+ football club and enter 11-a-side leagues.
How we will use the money raised
The money will benefit directly the players by enabling the club to hire pitches and training venues, purchasing new playing kits for the team, as well as supporting financially disadvantaged players. Hiring pitches for matches and training costs us between £200 and £400 for each session, kits and equipments (such as footballs, cones, bibs...) would be around £2000.
This is part of new and exciting progress we are committed to as a club.
We are passionate about broadening football participation for our communities and we will be continuing to work with additional partners such as Mermaids UK - https://mermaidsuk.org.uk/ - to work on how we can facilitate pathways into playing for trans & gender-diverse young people also.
Stonewall FC is an inclusive club for all. We remain a fully volunteer led, not for profit organisation.