A celebration of queer sport
Whether you’re into football, hockey, volleyball, swimming, or something else entirely, LGBTQ sports groups are offering safe spaces for people to meet friends, break their routine, and get fit.
Out For Sport Awards
Out For Sport is the organisation that brings together the LGBTQ sports clubs of London.
To celebrate the 21st anniversary of the organisation, they’re holding an awards event and everyone is invited.
Categories include Outstanding Achievement, Unsung Hero, and Sportsperson of the Year. The shortlisted nominees have now been considered by the illustrious panel of judges, and winners will be announced on the night.
Why do we need LGBTQ sports clubs?
“Many times, as a gay teenager, you feel excluded from those opportunities…” says Sidney Lima from London’s Spikers Volleyball Club. “When people join our club, they’re invited to enjoy not only volleyball but also to make the most of socialising within the club. Many other players would have shared same challenges and experiences.”
“Some players decided to join our club after trying out for other teams and not feeling comfortable…” Sidney adds. “We also have straight players who decided to be part of our club because of who we are and the values we have as a club.”
The Kings Cross Steelers rugby club has been around for 23 years. It claims the honour of being the world’s first LGBTQ rugby club.
“Rugby has always been about respect – on and off the pitch – and you can see that when you go to a game…” says Simon Davis from the Steelers. “We have several members who have or do play for straight teams. “We also have straight guys who play for us because they enjoy the environment. That’s a really healthy club environment and truly inclusive.”
LGBTQ sports clubs offer social opportunities for people they wouldn’t find by meeting people in bars or clubs.
“Bars and clubs have always been an important space for the LGBTQ community to meet and it’s important that it continues…” says Simon. “But there are lots of sports clubs in London where you can try a new sport and meet new people. That’s a great starting point for lifelong friendships and involvement in a community.”