Netball Victoria has partnered with AFL to celebrate diversity and inclusion in sport for the lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and intersex (LGBTI) communities at this year’s Inaugural Pride Cup.
Held on Sunday 17 May at Yarra Glen Recreation Reserve to mark International Day Against Homophobia, the event attracted record numbers with more than 1,000 people in attendance.
AFL hosted a pre-match luncheon with special guests from leading LGBTI, mental health, human rights and sporting organisations, as well as committee members and sponsors from local Football/Netball Clubs.
Jason Ball, pioneer of Pride Cup, believes that the event has become a strong symbol for inclusion in Victoria.
“I think probably the critical piece to the success of the Pride Cup has been that we’ve attempted to wrap education around the event. Homophobia is not talked about in sport and that’s why education is important, without it this is meaningless,” said Mr. Ball.
Netball Victoria Community Development Manager Cassandra Hadson has reiterated the importance of celebrating diversity.
“This event has highlighted the commitment that the Yarra Valley and Mountain District Football and Netball League has to diversity and inclusion,” said Hadson.
“Awareness raising events such as the Pride Cup are an important feature of our netball environment, because it sends a clear message to the broader community that regardless of your gender identity or sexual preference, you are welcome in our netball family.”
Listen to podcasts with recorded audio from the luncheon presentations here.