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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Vote for JUST A BALL GAME? in The Aviva Community Fund

The Aviva Community Fund

The Aviva Community Fund offers the chance to get funding for an important cause in your community.
It’s open to everyone – the general public as well as Aviva customers, employees, insurance brokers or financial advisers (whether associated with Aviva or not). Vote for a project for your community and help make a difference, see the change these much-needed funds could make.

 With projects across the country entering the Aviva Community Fund hoping for funding, there’s bound to be one near you.
And you can help a local project get to the Finals by voting for them!
You have to register to vote, but you get 10 votes to use how you want. You can give all your votes to one project or spread them around amongst up to 10 projects. The choice is yours!
So what are you waiting for, start voting!

Vote link:

Who you are voting for:

JUST A BALL GAME? aims to encourage and promote football, sport and healthy leisure activities among lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered people (hereafter referred to as LGBT) regardless of race, religion, sex, age, physical ability, or disability.
To help build a LGBT football community, linking individuals, organisations, clubs, and associations engaged in football/sport, ensuring an effective communication.
To raise awareness about equality and diversity, combat discrimination and homophobia in football/sport, and working closely with other initiatives and organisations working on sexual orientation grounds.
To promote LGBT engagement in sport and leisure activities through participation and/or volunteering in football/ sport.
To promote LGBT representation in mainstream football/sport and encourage LGBT involvement in the wider sporting community from elite to grass roots.
In pursuit of these aims Just a Ball Game? will promote equal opportunities and encourage gender parity.

To have Funding will enable us too:

Through the delivery of interactive workshop sessions on LGBT+ inclusion to local groups our primary objective is to raise awareness of HBT bullying and its long-term, damaging effects on peoples’ physical and mental health. We consider the elimination of HBT bullying from sports along with schools and society in general as central to our mission.

We will provide resources and training to raise awareness of these issues and offer solutions to by sharing best practice. Helping people in a group setting develop a deeper understanding of equality and an appreciation of how their individual actions impact on other people around them will relieve some of the unnecessary tension and confusion that exists around sexuality and gender.

The increased understanding around LGBT+ issues will mean members of the community feel safer.
Through these workshops Just A Ball Game? Will create a culture where EVERYONE is able to ENJOY participating in sport.

Why our work is needed:

Whilst a lot of progress has been made for LGBT+ rights in recent years many feel vulnerable and marginalised following Brexit and the views of some high profile politicians across the world which has seemingly normalised attacks on the LGBT+ community.

It is well documented that in the three months that followed Brexit Hate Crime towards LGBT people rose by 147%.Moreover, in a recent BBC report 47% of all sports fans say they had herd HBT abuse at games/matches and a Com Res survey of 4000 sports fans 71% said clubs should do more to educate fans about HBT abuse/bullying.
Stonewall’s recently published Schools Report worryingly indicates that almost half of all LGBT pupils still face bullying at school for being LGBT, and more than two in five trans young people have tried to take their own life.
This displays the evidence base for the delivery of our project.