Today giffgaff, the mobile phone network run by you, announced its support for Scotlands’s first LGBT+ football club HotScots FC.
One of four winners of The Community Projects, where the UK was asked to nominate unsung heroes making a difference in their communities, the club aims to give football opportunities for all.
Whilst initially set up to offer football opportunities for the LGBT+ community, the club welcomes members and players irrespective of their sexuality or gender.
Based in Edinburgh and set up in 2007, HotScots FC provides a range of football from social kickabouts to training to competitive games. The team participates in the GFSN League (Gay Football Supporters Network) competitively across Great Britain.
The team was set up to break down stereotypical barriers in the game faced by the LGBT+ community, with the premise of the club that football should be open to all.
At a time when 76% of Scotland has said it has never been more important for communities to support those most in need, and 75% say there has been a lack of government funding; giffgaff has pledged £5,000 funding, marketing and logistical support to HotScots FC to take it to the next chapter.
Alicia Hartman, HotScots FC Chair, says: “HotScots FC was set up to break down barriers and provide a safe football space for people in the LGBT+ and wider community to play the sport they love.
“Over 12 years, the club has brought people together for the love of the game and shared experiences on and off the field. We would like to grow the club, provide more football opportunities and attract new members to experience what we have.
“The funding and support provided by giffgaff will enable us to do this so that the club can continue to flourish”.
giffgaff set up the Community Projects in order to show support for those making a positive change in their community. The winners were chosen by a hand-selected panel of experts and nominated by members of the giffgaff community.
The judges, each a community champion in their own right included, Saeed Atcha MBE, Charity CEO, Queen’s Representative and Social Mobility Commissioner; Bobby Kasanga, ex London gang member and founder of London’s leading community football club, Hackney Wick FC; Anisa Sanusi, Video Games UX Designer and Jenna Campbell and Jessica Howell, founders of independent publication NRTH LASS.
To follow how the winners are continuing to drive positive change and find out more about The Community Projects by giffgaff visit giffgaff.com/community-projects.