England Golf has given its full backing to the 2019 Rainbow Laces campaign and underlined the message that golf is a sport for all.
As part of Come Out Active week (November 23-30) run by the charity Stonewall, golfers across the country are being encouraged to show their support for LGBT equality by wearing rainbow laces on their shoes or displayed on their golf bags. Staff at England Golf offices in Woodhall Spa showed their support for the campaign by wearing rainbow laces to work.
England Golf is already committed to a policy of inclusivity and will continue its drive to change attitudes in 2020 by supporting a series of initiatives. In the year ahead, England Golf has pledged to provide inclusivity training and support for England Golf staff and volunteers; conduct research to understand the current experiences of LGBT people in golf; understand the perceptions/barriers to participation in golf by LGBT people; create guidance for LGBT people on how they can engage with the game; create guidance for clubs on good practice of inclusion of LGBT people; and review its guidance and policies around inclusion of LGBT people for competition within England.
Executive director Richard Flint said: “Making sure golf is a sport for all is a cornerstone of the England Golf strategy. Golf is a wonderful game for everyone to enjoy. In a modern, sporting environment there is no place for any discriminatory barriers. England Golf is delighted to support the Rainbow Laces campaign and is committed to spreading a message of inclusivity through all our affiliated clubs and our staff. The new initiatives we are putting in place for 2020 only serve to reinforce this message.”
Stonewall encourages people in sport to challenge existing prejudices and can offer advice to anyone involved in golf when faced with a discriminatory or abusive situation.
For more details on Come Out Active week, and the Rainbow Laces campaign, click here