Continuing our collaborative work with Sheffield Rainbow Laces, Rainbow Blades and Sheffield United Community Foundation, we were asked to deliver an LGBT+ Awareness workshop for young people attending football camp at Goals Sheffield. Youth Workers Dylan and Sophie. Below is Dylan’s write up of the session:
“Football isn’t called the beautiful game for no reason, it’s a great vehicle for expression, socialisation and of course a fun form of exercise – at SAYiT we’re passionate about football pitches being an accessible and safe space for everyone. That’s why it was so fantastic to be invited down to Goals Sheffield with Rainbow Blades to work with some 6–11-year-olds part of The Palmer School Of Excellence to talk about inclusivity, celebrating differences and handing out some rainbow laces!
The session was started by a round of introductions and a chance to explain the role of a charity and the work SAYiT does in the community. James Laley spoke about the wonderful work Rainbow Blades do in their Sheffield United supporters’ group… the initial groans from young Sheffield Wednesday fans quickly turned to admiration and plenty of questions when James explained all the incredible work the group does to make the club an inclusive and diverse space.
We wanted to get the young people up and moving so ran a little activity where you would run into the middle and swap places with another person if you answered, ‘yes’ to prompts such as run into the middle if ‘you have a pet dog’, ‘have blue eyes’, ‘can speak another language’. This was all done to show the young people that just because you are part of a team and are all wearing the same kit and crest doesn’t mean you all like the same things, think the same way or even identify the same way.
It takes a variety of people from lots of different backgrounds to make a team successful and we hope the young people took away with them that it is important to celebrate differences, diversity and uniqueness – it’s what makes being part of a team great!
Football is for everyone!”