Village Manchester Football Club: Manchester’s gay-friendly football team

  • Village Manchester Football Club (VMFC) is celebrating its 20th anniversary
  • The club was originally set up to provide a safe environment for gay footballers
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As VMFC is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, The NQ went down to one of their training sessions to find out what the club is about, and whether they have faced any discrimination whilst playing. 

The 1st team plays in a straight league (one of only two gay teams to play in straight leagues in the UK), while the 2nd team plays in a gay league. 

Players are not exclusively gay, as the team also welcomes in players who are straight and are gay-friendly. 

The Premier League last weekend threw its support behind Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces initiative as part of their wider push to encourage diversity within its stadiums, but does this trickle down to non-leagues? 

Have you seen or personally faced homophobic abuse whilst playing or watching football? Let us know in the comments!