This Pride Month we're celebrating the diversity and contributions of LGBTQ+ sports clubs across the UK. From practice sessions to competitions and events, we’re proud to provide inclusive spaces that play host to many LGBTQ+ sports clubs every week.
A big thank you to the London Royals Hockey Club, Goslings Badminton Club, Out To Swim and their members who have shared their stories with us so far - we hope you enjoy hearing them as much as we have.
"It had that same feeling of it being more about people learning a new skill together, exercising, having fun and socialising.”
“I fell in love more with the sport than I did before, and I feel comfortable just being who I am.”
"It’s all about giving everyone the chance to try out the sport and discover this inner strength like I have with boxing.”Discover more about Knockout
"I joined Ishigaki because I’ve done martial arts before and I really enjoyed them. Clubs I’ve previously joined before have been non-specific and here it’s just about being part of a group with a common interest that goes beyond your sexuality and here I feel a lot safer.
There’s a reason you join and there’s a reason you stay."
"I think traditionally an awful lot of gay people have been that kid at school that was the last one to get picked for the team and don’t necessarily see themselves as sporty. What’s lovely about Ishigaki and I’m guessing other clubs as well is seeing people change, seeing that penny drop where they go, “I am sporty, I can do this, I can be physical.”"
"Growing up my experience with sport was quite bad, this is often the first opportunity gay people, lesbians, trans people get to do martial arts in a safe environment. I’ve been friends with people at this club not just for years but for decades.
There’s no one judging you, it’s supportive."Discover more about Ishigaki
Out to swim
"Out To Swim just had an atmosphere, which was kind of more open - you could just kind of be yourself much more than you could in other places. So that's why Out To Swim sort appealed so much. I found it was a way to learn more about myself by meeting people that weren't afraid to be themselves."Discover more about Out to Swim
"I got completely sucked in by the club and was like, “this is the most amazing, wonderful, supportive environment”. Everyone can just completely be themselves. Like we've got people that identify under every single letter of their LGBTQ+ umbrella, and it's fantastic. Everyone completely supports one another for who they are and their interests and their identity and their experiences."
"I wanted to meet new people and have that understanding that the other people on the pitch have had similar experiences to what my life is like and that everyone's relaxed, you can be yourself and not have to worry about being on edge and not being who you really are. You can play competitive sport in a place that's comfortable for you."Discover more about London Royals
"LGBTQ+ sports clubs offer that space where they can just be themselves where they just come and be with other people like themselves where there's no prejudice or attack on their sexual orientation or their gender identity. It provides that space safe space where they can just be themselves and learn something new."
"I think sporting clubs are really important for the LGBTQ+ community, because for a lot of us, it's quite a stigmatised area, from upbringing, particularly during school and stuff like that, it's an unpleasant memory for a lot of us. So it's really nice to be able to reclaim that and find that, it is enjoyable, it is fulfilling and it's somewhere where we can come together and feel safe whilst we do it."Discover more about Goslings
We are committed to listening, understanding, and doing more to create welcoming, safe and positive spaces for all, ensuring LGBTQ+ communities are given the support and opportunities to lead active and healthy lifestyles through physical activity and sport.
We are committed to creating an environment for our staff and our customers that, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity or religion, welcomes all people and embraces their diversities.
This includes working with national governing bodies of England, Wales and Ireland, and organisations such as Pride Sports, Out for Sport and LGBTQ+ sports clubs across the UK who share our values and social purpose; to improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of local communities.
Alongside our own workforce, local authority and council partners, we’ll continue to create better outcomes for LGBTQ+ sports clubs, players, coaches, staff and customers to ensure they have a voice and to challenge and eliminate homophobia, transphobia, biphobia and discrimination in our communities.
Find a sports club
Click the links below to find your nearest LGBTQ+ sports clubs.