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CMFNL Pride Cup

CMFNL Pride Cup

Cup to celebrate LGBTIQ community

The inaugural Pride Cup will take place on June 29 as part of the Central Murray Football and Netball League.

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This year’s match sees Nyah Nyah West United Football Netball Club take on Kerang Football Netball Club at the Nyah Recreation Reserve, with the ground being decorated in pride colours including a rainbow 50m line, the international symbol of gay pride, as well as rainbow merchandise on offer for players and spectators alike.

The day will not only consist of the feature matches, being the A Grade Netball and Senior Men’s Football, but there will be a number of activities such as face painting and competitions.

The Pride Cup celebrates diversity and inclusion in sport for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ).

Health Promotion Officer at Swan Hill District Health Matt Toohey said that the day in important for getting the sporting community involved in the conversation:

"It is a great opportunity to reach as many people as possible, to try to encourage them to be more accepting and inclusive of this community. 87 per cent of young gay Australians feel forced to completely hide or partially hide their sexuality and that's not good enough, we need to be banding together as a community."

Jason Ball, co-founder of Pride Cup Australia said "The Pride Cup has made strong progress in netball and the AFL and has inspired a national Pride Cup match between St Kilda and Sydney Swans, as well as events in other leagues but more needs to be done at every level,"

"A lack of diversity in sport has a severe impact on young Australians, and sees them self-select themselves out of the wonderful range of sports that are available in our communities. The other negative of this equation is that Australian sports end up missing out on great talent."

The day will begin with junior games at 08:45am.

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