London Falcons were proud to be featured on Radio 4's Today programme on September 21st on the topic of homophobia in football.
Manager Pete Ransom and striker Louis Forrester gave their thoughts on the issue both at a local level and in the Premier League. The words from Louis were particularly resonant, as he felt he had suffered at a previous team when he disclosed he was gay. However, we've been very pleased to welcome him to the Falcons and he capped off a fine first season by winning 2015/16's Best Newcomer award.
Although the clips that made the air focused on the problems that still exist, the manager was also keen to emphasise the positive steps that Falcons have taken to provide an inclusive approach to football. "Falcons was originally aimed at gay men and it did a brilliant job at providing a safe, welcoming space where they could play football without fear of discrimination. However, time has moved on and we now promote ourselves as a diverse, inclusive club and have a strong percentage of straight men playing for us too. For me, so long as everyone has the correct attitude and treats everyone equally, I couldn't care less whether someone is gay or straight, so long as they're good at football!"
Pete added further, "We've spent the past ten years playing gay teams and that's been a wonderful, sociable experience. However, I'd like to challenge both our own team and opposition teams in the future by moving into a regular weekend league. The only way you combat prejudice is to tackle it head on and I feel it's a logical next move for a Falcons team that is developing quickly."
You can listen to the Falcons feature by clicking on the following link to the BBC website and skipping on to 02:52: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07wx594#play