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Rainbow ball launced as EFL marks LGBT+ history month

This week the EFL launched the first ever official “rainbow ball” alongside its ball manufacturers Puma to mark this year’s LGBT+ history month.

The rainbow ball, decked with Pride colours, will be used by all 72 clubs across Championship, League One and League Two matches from February 16th-24th.

Additionally, the EFL and Puma say that for every goal scored with the rainbow ball across those fixtures Puma will make a donation to LGBT+ projects, administered by Fans for Diversity campaign fund. Fans for Diversity is an initiative run by the FSA and Kick It Out.

Money raised will be used to support LGBT+ fans and their projects which may include initiatives to raise awareness about inclusion in football, events promoting diversity, or providing resources for LGBT+ fans within the football community.

Hannah Kumari, campaign manager for the Fans for Diversity campaign, featured in the film launching the rainbow ball this week alongside supporters from LGBT+ groups across the EFL.

“It was a privilege to be in this film as an ally of the Proud Sky Blues and the LGBT+ community,” Hannah said. “I’m fortunate to manage a fund which highlights that football is for everyone, and celebrates the important role that LGBT+ fans play within our beautiful game.”

Bas van den Bemt, the managing director at Puma in the UK said: “The rainbow ball is not just a piece of sports equipment; it signifies progress and aspiration and we are delighted that each goal scored with the Rainbow Ball in the EFL will raise money to support Fans for Diversity and continue to raise awareness of inclusion and promote diversity in football.”

  • For more information about the rainbow ball project email Hannah Kumari.

 

Fans For Diversity is a campaign programme run in partnership between the Football Supporters’ Association and Kick It Out, English football’s equality and inclusion organisation. Fans For Diversity encourages, funds and supports initiatives by fan groups to promote diversity and inclusion in football, and to challenge all forms of discrimination.

For more information on funding available from the campaign, contact Hannah Kumari or Nilesh Chauhan.

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Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund

Partners

  • Gamble Aware
  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • Pledgeball