Bristol Rovers Women’s FC are proud to be working with Bristol Pride to launch our inaugural Football Festival on Sunday 3rd July at Lockleaze Sports Centre. The event will consist of a gender diverse 7-a-side friendly tournament, welcoming all LGBTQ+, Transgender, Non-Binary, Intersex Players and Allies to take part. The Festivities will start at 11am and will run until approx 3pm, with food and drink available to purchase at Lockleaze Sports Centre. Teams who wish to take part in the first Bristol Pride Football Festival will be able to register for free and will be welcome to bring up to 9 squad players to rotate throughout the 7-a-side festival. Spaces for teams will be available on a first come-first first-serve basis. Gas Girls Co-Founder and Club Secretary, Matthew Davies said “Since the start of our partnership with Bristol Pride and the launch of our special edition away kit in 2019, an LGBTQ+ Football Festival has always been in the pipeline but due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, this hasn’t been achievable. So, I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that we’ve teamed up once again to get this event up and running. Community and Participation is at the heart of what we do at Bristol Rovers Women’s and we can’t wait to welcome all members of our community to take part in what will be a fantastic day.” Bristol Pride Festival Director, Eve Russell said “We are really excited to be furthering our partnership with The Gas Girls, by supporting with their Football Tournament. We can’t wait to bring the community together to tackle discrimination and kick the prejudice out of sports.”
To register for the first 'Gas Girls' LGBTQ+ Football Festival in partnership with Bristol Pride, click here
Bristol Rovers Women's and Bristol Pride established their partnership back in September 2020 when the 'Gas Girls' donated the front sponsorship of their away shirt to the LGBTQ+ Festival and charity. The shirt launch aligned with the inclusive values that both organisations stand for in today's society. The shirt went on to be selected as the best bespoke women's football shirt in 2020 by the curators at The National Football Museum, where the shirt now resides as part of their collection.
Everything you need to know ahead of the Festival
Players must be aged 16+ to participate
All LGBTQ+, Transgender, Non-Binary, Intersex Players and Allies are eligible to play
Each team can bring 9 squad players with them, to rotate throughout the festival
We recommend that all players bring a water bottle and sun cream with them in case of hot weather (We hope!)
The festival format will be sent to all lead team contacts prior to the event
Hot & cold refreshments will be available to purchase at the venue
Spectators are welcome to attend and view the action from the balcony
We expect all participants and spectators to respect one another and enjoy the day. Any disrespectful behaviour by an individual that goes against our core values, will be asked to leave the venue.