Altrincham have today launched a one-off rainbow kit to help tackle homophobia in football.
The groundbreaking initiative will see the National League North side become the first club to wear a kit based on the LGBT flag in a competitive football fixture.
It will be worn for when they Bradford (Park Avenue) at on Saturday the 16th of February.
Not all stripes are straight. ?
Our commitment to inclusivity will take another step forward when we swap our traditional red and white for a one-off kit based on the LGBT Pride Flag.
— Altrincham FC (@altrinchamfc) January 31, 2019
The club’s director Bill Waterson said, as quoted on the club’s website: “We are extremely proud to be able to confirm that all the arrangements are in place for us to celebrate Football v Homophobia month in February by wearing this special kit against Bradford.
“We believe it will be the first time anywhere in the world that a senior football club has worn a kit solely modelled on the LGBT Pride Flag, and Altrincham will, therefore, be creating a small moment of football history.
“To us, it is a big statement. Altrincham Football Club are committed to creating a welcoming environment for all who attend our games, and our support for Football v Homophobia is part of this commitment.
“We would like to thank our main shirt sponsors, J.Davidson & Sons, for allowing their place on the front of the shirt to be replaced by the Football v Homophobia logo, and the FA, the Vanarama National League and our opponents Bradford (Park Avenue) for their support of this initiative.
“The shirts worn by our players during the game will be sold by auction after the match, and replica kits will be available for sale at the game and via our website, www.altrinchamfc.com.”
Football fans have taken the club’s social media account to praise them for coming up with this great initiative – check out what they had to say on the next page.