The UK’s Organisation of the Year 2019 for Equality and Diversity, Huddersfield New College (HNC), is supporting Stonewall UK’s ‘Rainbow Laces’ campaign, which pledges to end discrimination in sport against those who identify as LGBTQ+. The campaign is running from November 22nd to December 8th 2019 to celebrate LGBTQ+ people within sport.

Joined by Ryan Mather, the founder of Proud Terriers, Huddersfield Town’s LGBTQ+ support group, members of the College’s Sporting Academies have today worn their rainbow laces in support of the campaign. Athletes across the UK will be wearing their rainbow laces to help raise awareness of the barriers some members of the LGBTQ+ community face within sport, including the College’s Principal, Angela Williams who will be wearing her rainbow laces at this weekend’s Parkrun.

As a College, we will be demonstrating our wider support for the campaign with rainbow ribbons that staff and students can attach to their lanyards, which will be available from the LRC throughout the Rainbow Laces campaign.

Director for Equality and Diversity, Erika Montgomery, comments “I’m proud to work in such an equal and diverse College, and here at HNC our inclusive ethos means that students, however they identify, feel comfortable to be themselves and take part in any sport they want without fear of discrimination, but we know that not everyone is able to do so! Our support for this important campaign working alongside the Proud Terrier support group helps to spread tolerance and understanding throughout our wider community. Working together, we can ensure that sport is everyone’s game”.

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