Date of release: Monday, May 21, 2018

The Charlton v Homophobia tournament takes place at The Valley on Tuesday 22 May and the Greenwich team is hoping to win the trophy for the third year running. It takes place 6pm and entry is free.

The university is a proud member of the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme and strong advocate of the positive development of LGBTQI+ related equality & diversity support and representation.

The tournament, in which the university is represented by a team of students and staff managed by Director of Information and Library Services Paul Butler, also demonstrates Charlton's commitment to raising the profile of LGBTQI+ football which includes:

  • A dedicated Charlton Athletic matchday each season to Football v Homophobia
  • The continued support of the Proud Valiants, one of the country's first supporter groups for LGBTQI+ fans
  • Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) affiliating with CACT Invicta

CACT deliver a wide range of programmes designed to promote equality and tackle discrimination, including issues relating to identity, gender and prejudice.

Paul says: "This will be the third time this tournament has run and I'm hoping we will go on to make it a hat trick of wins! The event is a wonderful opportunity for the university student and staff community to come together to compete in a single team to demonstrate the importance of inclusivity and the university's collective support for LGBTQI+ equality and diversity. I hope as many students and colleagues as possible are able to come along and support our team."

Taking part for Greenwich are: Paul Butler (manager) Jack Bray (captain), Louis Hale (VP sports & activities), Harry Hodges, Dan Dowling, Kala Beredugo, Louis Topham, Ryan Matchett, Charlie Sheppard, Nathan Nyafli, Mehmet Batmaz, Dan Yates, Chris Andrew, Alasdair Anderson, Dave Mutti, Jamie Reid, David Martin Gallego, Laurence Hind.

Neil Cormack-Bissett adds on behalf of the university's LGBT+ Staff Network: "I would like to thank Paul Butler and his team of students and staff for supporting such an important initiative. It is important to remember that the responsibility for creating an inclusive society lies with everyone and not only the specific communities or minority groups affected, and we can achieve more when everyone stands together against inequalities, discrimination and prejudice."