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SOUTH COAST SOCCER PRIDE ROUND 2022

SOUTH COAST SOCCER PRIDE ROUND 2022

The Mudgeeraba Wallabies will make soccer history next month when they host the first Pride Round for the sport in Australia.

The initiative has teams wear rainbow colours to celebrate inclusion and diversity in sport, and to show LGBTI+ players and fans that they are welcome and accepted.

Sid Bigg Park will be awash with rainbow colours from June 6 to 11 when the club’s men’s and women’s teams take to the field for South Coast fixtures against five other Gold Coast clubs.  After the final men’s game on the Saturday, the feature match of South Coast Soccer Pride Round, the celebration will culminate in a Pride Party at the Mudgeeraba clubrooms.

In the week prior, the national Pride Cup organisation will deliver an LGBTI+ education session online, which will be open to all Queensland soccer teams.

Club president Jon Smith said Mudgeeraba was an inclusive club that welcomed people from all walks of life, and Pride Round exemplified this.

 

"Mudgeeraba is a club with a reputation as a safe, respectful and welcoming space for players and their families, and we’re keen to take the lead in this space," Smith said.

 

"We hope that other clubs and communities will take on hosting their very own Pride Round and it continues to grow."

 

Football Queensland General Manager – SEQ Region Damien Bresic acknowledged the efforts of Mudgeeraba FC and other football clubs and organisations doing work in the space, including Brisbane Inferno and Pride Football Australia. 

“On behalf of Football Queensland, I applaud Mudgeeraba FC for their hard work in organising next month’s event to celebrate inclusion and diversity in football,” Bresic said. 

“We wish Mudgeeraba FC and all participating teams the best of luck for the upcoming fixtures celebrating the diversity in our game.” 

Pride Cup CEO James Lolicato said South Coast Soccer Pride Round was “an exciting moment for soccer in Queensland”.

 

“Sport is a powerful vehicle for change, and this event will have a ripple effect beyond the field and out into the wider community,” Lolicato said.

"Through running education, hosting Pride games and showcasing diversity, we can ensure LGBTI+ people are included and welcomed in our community sport clubs, which for a long time hasn't been the case.

“Only six per cent of young LGBTI+ people have participated in team sport because they don't feel safe or welcome to, so this is a huge opportunity to show LGBTI+ people that soccer can be a safe, fun, and welcoming place for all."

SOUTH COAST SOCCER PRIDE ROUND 2022

MONDAY, JUNE 6

FQPL3 South Coast Women’s (Round 11)

Mudgeeraba v Palm Beach, 8.05pm, home

South Coast Division 1 Women’s (Round 10)

Mudgeeraba v Burleigh Heads, 6.15pm, home

South Coast Division 2 Women’s (Round 11)

Nerang Yellow v Mudgeeraba, 6.15pm, away

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8

South Coast Division 2 Men’s South (Round 11)

Tallebudgera Blue v Mudgeeraba Black, 6.15pm, away

Tallebudgera Gold  v Mudgeeraba Yellow, 8.05pm, away

South Coast Division 3 Men’s South (Round 11)

Mudgeeraba Yellow v Mudgeeraba Black, 7pm, home

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 11

FQPL4 South Coast Under 23 Men’s (Round 14)

Mudgeeraba v Gold Coast Knights, 3pm, home

FQPL4 South Coast Men’s (Round 14)

Mudgeeraba v Gold Coast Knights, 5pm, home

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