Doncaster Rovers will again be supporting its town’s annual Pride celebration this year.
football club will be making its own stand against homophobia in
football when its home ground the Keepmoat Stadium will be the venue for
hosting Doncaster’s sixth Pride festival.
It will be the second
successive year the League One club has staged the event which
celebrates the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and
attractions thousands of people each year.
Doncaster’s Pride committee spokesman Jen Dewsnap hopes other football teams will follow Rovers’ example.
said: “We approached them and they received us as they would anyone
wanting to use the stadium. There was no hesitation on their part at
all. They have been enormously supportive and extremely professional.
entire team at the Keepmoat Stadium accommodate our every whim and our
planning is made so much easier because of this, I guess that's their
professionalism, but every member of the team is so supportive of Pride.
“The venue is a prestigious place for us and being linked to the Keepmoat Stadium helps enormously.
gay really shouldn't be a big deal and hosting a Pride at the stadium
proves Doncaster really is showing the rest of the country that that's
what they believe.
“Let's use Doncaster as an example. Let's
tackle the awful issue of homophobia and football, let’s make a
statement and hope others follow.”
Gavin Baldwin, chief executive
of Doncaster Rovers, added: “We work closely with our local community
and its diverse members, this sees us working with a wide range of
organisations and we see our growing partnership with Doncaster Gay
Pride is a huge success.
“This is a relationship that we are sure will thrive, one that we are proud of, with an organisation that we fully support.
year the Gay Pride event attracts thousands of people and we are
pleased that this partnership means that the annual event is now hosted
at the Keepmoat Stadium. We will continue to work closely with this
organisation to help them to achieve their aims and make their event the
best it can be.”
Premier League side Liverpool, a supporter of
The Justin Campaign, have also backed its city’s Pride event in August
and its men’s and women’s teams will be taking part in the parade.
Doncaster’s Pride will be held on August 5. For more details, visit www.doncasterpride.co.uk