(English) Altrincham FC Flies the Flag
In a competitive footballing first, Altrincham FC has unveiled a new kit design incorporating the coloured stripes of the pride flag.
The kit will be worn by the Manchester-based team competitively to coincide with Football vs Homophobia month in February, debuting on the pitch in a game against Bradford (Park Avenue) on Saturday 16th February. Following the match, the kit will be sold at auction with all proceeds going to the Pride Trust, an LGBT+ youth charity based in Manchester.
On the club’s website, club director Bill Waterson explains that ‘to us, it is a big statement. Altrincham Football Club are committed to creating a welcoming environment for all who attend our games, and our support for Football v Homophobia is part of this commitment.’
Waterson also explains that this could be a history-making moment. ‘We believe it will be the first time anywhere in the world that a senior football club has worn a kit solely modelled on the LGBT Pride Flag, and Altrincham will, therefore, be creating a small moment of football history.’
Football vs Homophobia will be running a series of activities internationally to promote LGBT inclusivity within football during February. You can find more information about FVH and these activities here.