Stonewall FC & Virgin Atlantic Football Club are set to celebrate diversity and inclusion in a historic first fixture between the two organisations.
This weekend, within the peak of the Women’s Euros and fresh off the heels of Pride month, Stonewall FC will host Virgin Atlantic FC in what promises to be a fixture championing diversity and inclusion in football and beyond.
The fixture, taking place on Sunday 31 July at London Marathon Community Track (LMCT), aims to raise awareness of inclusion in the game, highlighting the important work of both organisations and signifying their commitment to the community. The match will also raise funds to split equally between the Virgin Atlantic Foundation and Crawley Pride.
Stonewall FC Chair Alex Baker added: ‘’We are a club that wholeheartedly believes in the power of football not just to bring people together but also its ability to change the world for the better. At the heart of this is collaboration and we are super excited to welcome more allies into our community and work with organisations such as Virgin Atlantic that share our values and goals.’’
Estelle Hollingsworth, Chief People Officer at Virgin Atlantic commented: “We are really looking forward to meeting Stonewall FC on the pitch to celebrate diversity and inclusion at such a monumental time for the LGBTQ+ community. I am incredibly proud of Virgin Atlantic Football Club’s commitment to championing this cause and their dedication to fundraising for matters that are close to all our hearts.”
Stonewall Football Club Bio
Established in 1991, Stonewall FC is the most successful LGBT+ football club in the world and Britain's highest competing, openly LGBT+ football team. Proudly sponsored by adidas UK, Stonewall FC provides access to football for people of all levels of ability regardless of age, gender, race, religion or sexuality.
We are passionate that sport can facilitate people to become their best selves and that football can be used as a vehicle for positive societal change.
Virgin Atlantic football club (VAFC) was founded in 2021. Post-pandemic, employees of Virgin Atlantic decided to come together to raise money, on behalf of our Virgin Atlantic Foundation, founded in 2022 for our partner charities and to give the Virgin Atlantic community something to look forward to. So far, VAFC has raised over £30,000 for our partner charities, all whilst championing diversity, equality and inclusion. With companies like New Balance manufacturing VAFC’s kit and Canowater sponsoring events, VAFC firmly believes that football can bring people together while providing support for many charities.