Fans at tonight’s England U19 international at the AMEX Community Stadium will include a team of 11 young men from Peacehaven Youth Club who play under the banner of anti-homophobia in football.
They are young ambassadors for The Justin Campaign, a Brighton-based initiative to make football safe for all people regardless of their sexuality and gender identity. East Sussex Targeted Youth Support Service and The Justin Campaign have successfully worked together to raise awareness of homophobia and homophobic bullying. Projects have included a ‘Tackle Homophobia’ tournament, which took place in June at the Wave Leisure Centre, Seaford (funded by East Sussex Youth Bank, applied for by a group of young people) and a weekly football session at the JOFF centre in Peacehaven (funded by Southern Housing Group).
The young men must be highly praised for their commitment to an issue many adults are failing to openly support.