Nov 23, 2017
Saracens proud to support Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign
Saracens are delighted to be supporting LGBT charity Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign this weekend in Sunday’s Aviva Premiership clash against Exeter Chiefs.
The game-wide initiative which will see Premiership Rugby and England Rugby work with Stonewall to assess current inclusion programmes and practises and to work on integrating best practise into rugby at all levels.
As part of their commitment, Premiership Rugby, the RFU and the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) will once again support the Rainbow Laces campaign, scheduled for November 2017.
Stonewall will become Premiership Rugby’s latest inclusion partner, following the league’s work with the following organisations: Equality and Human Rights Commission, Level Playing Field and Sporting Equals.
Sunday’s Aviva Premiership clash will see Saracens host reigning champions Exeter Chiefs at a packed Allianz Park, and Saracens skipper Brad Barritt has spoken of his pride of rugby’s support of the upcoming Rainbow Laces campaign.
“Rugby is a sport for all,” said Barritt. “No matter someone’s background, this game has always strived to be an inclusive game, but we know that they’re a still so many barriers to overcome in sport and in our society. We’re very proud to be wearing the Rainbow Laces this weekend, we play in a values-driven sport, where we want our all fans to feel welcome and comfortable in supporting their team and hopefully this great initiative from Stonewall, Premiership Rugby, RFU and the RPA can promote the important message of inclusion.”
Saracens Women’s side will also be throwing their weight behind the campaign in their next fixture, when they face Harlequins in the Premier 15s next weekend. "We are proud to be part of the Rainbow Laces campaign and show our support in promoting inclusion, equality and diversity in the sport we love,” said Saracens Women’s Director, Laura Eddie. “The rugby family should be a place where everyone feels welcome both on and off the pitch, and we firmly belief in offering opportunities to all to ensure it truly is a sport for all."
Ruth Hunt, CEO of Stonewall, said: “It’s crucial for organisations like Premiership Rugby and England Rugby to show leadership and become active members of the Rainbow Laces movement. Many LGBT people want to take part in sport, as either players or fans, and to do this, they need really clear signals that they are welcome.
“Our campaign is about encouraging people, and organisations like Premiership Rugby and England Rugby, to come out for LGBT people and show their support. Together we can help create sports fields where all fans, players, coaches, officials and volunteers feel able to be themselves and where sport truly is everyone’s game.”