Huddersfield New College has revealed that once again we are supporting Stonewell UK's 'Rainbow Laces' campaign. The campaign aims to bring visibility for LGBTQ+ people in sport, and show solidarity with the wider LGBTQ+ community. Rainbow Laces campaigns for change around the experiences that can happen in sport - according to a YouGov survey, 43% of LGBTQ+ think public sporting events aren't a welcoming space for them. Rainbow Laces works to bring about change, and ensure that sport is genuinely for all. 

 

HNC is part of a community of more than a million people who have laced up, and ahead of today's official Rainbow Laces Day, we were joined by Ryan Mather, the founder of ‘Proud Terriers’, Huddersfield Town Football Club’s LGBTQ+ supporters group. Ryan gave out rainbow laces for our students to wear in support of the campaign, and chatted to our community about the work of Proud Terriers.  

  

Our Sports students will be joining athletes across the UK by wearing their rainbow laces to show solidarity with members of the LGBTQ+ community, who may face barriers within their sport, or discriminatory experiences at sporting events. Other members of the College will also be showing their support by wearing rainbow ribbons on their lanyards – any student who would like one of these can collect one from the Learning Support Centre Reception desk.  

  

Erika Montgomery, Director of Equality, Diversity and inclusion comment:  “Here at Huddersfield New College we are proud of our inclusive, equal and diverse community. Our approach ensures that our students feel comfortable when participating in any activities or sports, and that they can take part without fear of discrimination. We passionately believe that this should be everybody's experience,   and that sport more widely should be safe, and offer opportunity all. Our support of the Rainbow Laces campaigns allows us to celebrate our approach, and be part of a group campaigning for change where it is needed."  


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