England Women’s captain Casey Stoney recently threw her support behind a Football v Homophobia 5-a-side tournament at the University of Nottingham.
Shortly before she led her country to World Cup qualifying wins over Belarus and Turkey, the 31-year-old watched on as The Justin Fashanu All Stars (male) and The Bolton Ambassadors Veterans (female) picked up the respective winners’ medals.
Stoney said: “It was great to be a part of such a proactive event like this and Nottingham University deserve a lot of credit for organising it.
“There is absolutely no place for discrimination in any walk of life so of course I was delighted to put my name to it.
“Football is a great way of bringing different groups of people together – and hopefully tournaments like this will help raise awareness of the Football v Homophobia campaign.”
The event was put together by the University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) staff.
Claire Henson is a member of the LGBTQ staff network and she said: “The tournament was a wonderful day and everyone taking part played in a great spirit.
“Having Casey here was a true honour and her question and answer session was inspirational.”
England captain Casey Stoney attends special 5-a-side tournament in Nottingham