South Shields FC is proud to be supporting the Rainbow Laces campaign as part of its ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Players will don rainbow laces in Tuesday’s Buildbase FA Trophy tie at Ashton United, which is taking place the day before Rainbow Laces Day 2020.

The club’s Twitter and Facebook accounts will also proudly share the message by adding a rainbow theme to the crest.

This year’s Rainbow Laces initiative aims to educate, bring communities together and encourage support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) inclusion in sport, working to ‘make sport everyone’s game’.

We are committed to ensuring that our club is at all times a safe and welcoming place for LGBT+ people, their friends and families, and somewhere that discrimination of any kind is not tolerated.

We firmly believe that football is for everyone and our support for this initiative, and LGBT+ people in football and beyond, is total.

South Shields captain Robert Briggs, who will wear a rainbow captain’s armband during the Ashton game, said: “Football is a sport with a remarkable power to bring people together, regardless of their race, religion, sexuality, gender or nationality.

“It can break down barriers and produce such joy, which is why it is so important that all members of our community feel safe and welcome to attend games and support their club.

“That is what is at the heart of the Rainbow Laces campaign and why we are so proud to support it.

“Football is everyone’s game and if all those within it work together, we can help to stamp out all forms of discrimination and ensure nobody feels it is not a safe environment for them.”

The Rainbow Laces campaign is led by the UK’s leading lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity, Stonewall, in partnership with TeamPride. This year, it is aiming to pass the mark of one million pairs of Rainbow Laces sent out and highlights that ‘we are strongest when we come together’.

The initiative seeks to inspire sports fans and participants, educate everyone about what it’s like to be LGBT+ in sport and encourage people to take action, by raising funds for LGBT+ equality or calling for change against the discrimination LGBT+ people face in sport.

The club urges supporters to step out and be an LGBT ally throughout this year’s Rainbow Laces campaign and beyond. You can also show your support on social media by using the hashtag #RainbowLaces.

For more information about Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces, click here.

Make sport everyone’s game. Please play your part.