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Sport / Workshops to look at ‘challenging homophobia in football’

WORKSHOPS are set to be held in Shetland later this month on the subject of challenging homophobia in football.

The events will be delivered by Scottish charity TIE (Time for Inclusive Education), which delivers workshops across the country and aims to address “homophobic, biphobic and transphobic prejudice and bullying through education”.

They are open to players, coaches, volunteers and parents.

The first workshop will take place at the Muckle Roe Hall on 15 April at 7.15pm.

There will then be a session at the Sandwick Junior High School the next day at 6.30pm.

There will be workshops at Islesburgh in Lerwick on 17 April at 7.15pm or 8.15pm.

All workshops are free to attend and will take around 50 minutes.

TIE said regarding the aim of the workshop: “The work that we are currently doing in both the grassroots game and professional academies is focused on driving a culture change within the sport by educating players about the impact of homophobic language and behaviour.

“This work can build the foundations for LGBT players of future generations to be able to be out and visible in the sport without fear of any negative reactions.”

Shetland Islands Council’s sport and leisure manager Neil Watt said the local authority was “delighted” to be working in partnership with TIE on its award-winning workshops.

“We really hope that everyone with an interest in making football more inclusive and welcoming will attend one of these free 50 minutes sessions,” he said.

“For more information or to book a place please contact Jack Clubb, sports development officer, on 010595 744045 or at jack.clubb@shetland.gov.uk.”

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