The Tasmanian football community’s focus on inclusivity and diversity will continue this weekend, with the Tasmanian State League competition holding its first competition-wide ‘Pride Cup Round’.
This initiative is aimed at celebrating and promoting inclusion and diversity, while creating a safe space for all people within the sport and will see players from each senior home team don rainbow socks, with goal umpires to also wear rainbow beanies and wave rainbow goal flags.
This follows the TSL’s inaugural Pride Cup match last season between Glenorchy and North Hobart and the Southern Football League’s Pride Cup Round earlier this year.
AFL Tasmania has worked closely with Pride Cup Australia, and Working It Out, two organisations that specialise in helping community clubs and organisations challenge homophobia and transphobia and make them more welcoming for LGBTIQ+ fans, players and officials.
All TSL clubs have been and will continue to be provided with educational resources for players, coaches and club staff on the value of sport for social inclusion, the power of language, barriers to sport for members of the LGBTIQ+ community and more.
AFL Tasmania would like to thank all TSL clubs for embracing this initiative and striving to ensure their club environments are safe and welcoming for all participants, as well as Pride Cup Australia and Working it Out for their support.