Football v Homophobia and Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) will hold a conference for fans from across Europe in Manchester this Saturday - to focus on tackling homophobia and transphobia in football.
As The FA celebrates its 150th anniversary and focuses on increasing participation in the game at every level, the conference sends out a strong message about football’s commitment to address all forms of discrimination.
The conference will give delegates the opportunity to discuss issues faced by fans, including the blame often accounted to fans for homophobic abuse, and the impact this has on football, as well as showcase work fans’ groups are doing to tackle homophobia and transphobia.
Keynote speakers will include Patrick Gasser, UEFA Senior SCR Manager and the day will be chaired by Manchester Pride board member Les Pratt.
Football v Homophobia’s campaign director, Lou Englefield, said “We’re delighted to be working with FARE to bring together fans from across Europe to discuss their experiences of homophobia and transphobia.
"We come together as a community of football supporters after almost 25 years of activism across the continent. The conference will celebrate good practice and innovation in campaigning, whilst helping us generate ideas for next steps."
The conference will take place at the Friends Meeting House in central Manchester. For more information or to book your free place, visit fansconference.eventbrite.co.uk. Limited travel and accommodation bursaries are available.
Earlier this year, The FA sent out educational resources around the Football v Homophobia campaign to all 92 Premier and Football League clubs, as well as 1,600 clubs playing in the non-League pyramid and 50 county FAs.
To sign up your club, league or county FA to the FvH150 leaderboard, or to find out who has already signed up to take action, please visit our ‘Football v Homophobia’ page.