Our mission is quite simple: To embrace diversity and inclusion in football.
Falcons were formed in in 2006 with an initial focus on provided an inclusive space where gay men could compete strongly on the pitch, combined with a lively social scene.
Success quickly followed, with three GFSN National League titles and four LUL titles between 2008 and 2012.
Today we are a far more diverse bunch, with almost a 50/50 straight/LGBT mix on match days. We're very proud of this balance and it shows the progress both we and society as a whole has made in embracing rights for the LGBT community. Duncan, who is straight and joined Falcons in 2016 after seeing a Gumtree advert describing the team as "gay friendly" had only one question in his mind: Why wouldn't it be?
It's this inclusive, diverse approach that we want to promote at Falcons. While we have many gay and bisexual players, we have no wish to hide away in a corner, worried about potential discrimination. Instead, we embrace our straight allies and compete strongly. Only by communicating with, educating and understanding the mainstream players and fans can we ever achieve the equality and acceptance in the sport that those in the LGBT community have been campaigning for for so many years.
Our approach appears to be paying off. Following a rebuilding phase between 2014 and 2016, we were crowned London Unity League Champions in 2017, scoring an almighty 63 goals along the way. In 2018 we sent a full squad to the Gay Games in Paris for the first time, and followed this up by entering the Wimbledon and District League - our first venture into local Saturday football. After a creditable first season where we gained a top four finish we're looking forward to another stiff season of competition.
Off the pitch, in the past two years we have been featured in BBC Radio 4's Today programme, and were recently featured in the Huffington Post. We also attend many events to promote our approach to inclusion in sport, including the Dive In Festival, the Bloomsbury Arts Festival and Channel 4's Tackling Homophobia in Sport.
We continue to emphasise a hard-working, competitive attitude on the pitch and to make this a club where gay or straight men make friends for life by joining in with the lively social scene. Whether it's a day spent go-karting or one of the many nights out in Wimbledon or Soho, you can be sure to have a great time by joining London Falcons FC.