Northern Rebound, an LGBT+ Squash Club based in Manchester, recently held their annual tournament which brought together the LGBT+ community from across the country to play a friendly tournament.
They aim to provide opportunities for social activities, training and competition both at home and internationally.
The tournament runs annually and is open to both LGBT+ players and allies: setting a key example of inclusion within the sport.
It provides a fun and safe experience of the sport, and involves individuals of all ages, abilities, identities and backgrounds.
LGBT+ individuals are often put off by sporting environments, and tournaments like this are key is sending the message that they are welcome in squash and all aspects of sport in general.
Martin Cooper, Chairperson of Northern Rebound, said
“It’s so important for local community groups – particularly in sport – to offer safe spaces and encouragement to sections of society who often feel marginalised or excluded.”
“Clubs like Northern Rebound have a very clear remit – to offer an environment for anybody to enjoy sport, regardless of their gender or sexual identity.”
“Sport is a wonderful platform to build confidence, meet new friends and improve both mental, physical and emotional health.”
Many LGBT+ sports people still today feel marginalized in different parts of the world: and we believe every person has the right to enjoy and take part in our sport.
We are proud to champion LGBT+ individuals within the sport across the globe, and will continue to highlight their stories and the importance of this community within our sport not just in Pride Month
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