This Saturday 31st May, the GFSN’s National Cup Final will be held at the English FA’s state-of-the-art training facility in St. George’s Park near Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire. The game will be contested between Village Manchester FC and London Romans FC.
Set in the National Forest, in 330 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland, the centre is the training base for the 24 England teams and features world class facilities to improve the future of football at all levels.
The final will take place on the elite indoor 3G pitch which comes complete with a 200 seater viewing gallery.
Kick off is at 4.30pm, all welcome. St. George’s Park, Newborough Road, Needwood, Burton-Upon-Trent, DE13 9PD
GFSN Spokesperson Simon Smith said: “We are honoured that the FA have allowed us to use their amazing facility at St George’s Park for the GFSN Cup Final in this the 25th Anniversary year of our organisation. Showcase matches like this act as a great advertisement for the participation & inclusion of LGB&T people in football.”
Angie Harper, Football Development Officer (Women, Girls and Inclusion), Derbyshire County Football Association said: “Derbyshire County FA are proud to support the GFSN Cup Final. Homophobia and discrimination against LGB&T people in football is unacceptable and Derbyshire County FA are committed to creating safe and inclusive football environment for everyone.”
Jodie Allard – Football Development Officer (Inclusion) at Staffordshire FA said: “A key priority of Staffordshire FA’s work is to ensure that football is free from discrimination and harassment, and to promote the involvement of people from all backgrounds within football in Staffordshire. At Staffordshire FA, we have a clear strategy that is incorporated into our project planning, organisation and delivery to develop football and increase participation for all sections of society, ensuring that football truly provides opportunities for all. Throughout the implementation of this work, we recognise the Gay Footballers Support Network (GFSN) as a key partner who continue to provide opportunities and support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender football fans across the UK. The GFSN Cup Final on Saturday 31st May is a fantastic opportunity for the organisation to display the great work they are doing in supporting LGB&T people within football, by increasing opportunities for their members and providing a clear voice against serious LGB&T issues.”