Over 135 young people lined up to take part in the fifth annual Tackle Homophobia tournament last Saturday at the Downs Leisure Centre, Seaford. The tournament run by the project , alongside Sussex Clubs for Young People, provided twenty one teams from across Sussex the opportunity to play fun 5-a-side football while raising awareness and showing support for anti-discrimination in sports.
The Tackle Homophobia Project, a partnership between Mercread Youth Centre and Albion in the Community, the official charity of Brighton & Hove Albion FC, is in its fifth year and works with young people from 11-19 years across the Lewes District to raise awareness and challenge homophobia on and off the pitch.
Young People from Sussex had a tough challenge in their respective age groups, with fierce competition in the past paced 5-a-side matches. Teams from Seaford Head School, a supporter of the project, were triumphant winning both the Under 16’s and Under 13’s categories. Peacehaven beat a strong Seaford team to win their age category for a second year in a row.
The project continues providing a safe informal football session on a weekly basis in Seaford alongside educational opportunities through direct delivery and resource support for groups to develop young people’s understanding of discrimination and prejudice.