During the period, the Belgian organisation will hold a series of events aiming to address homophobia in football and educate supporters, players and clubs on discrimination. These include: two Football v Homophobia workshops for players aged between 12 and 18 at the Koninklijk Atheneum 2 school and dedicated rainbow laces match days with the Belgian grassroots clubs FC Horion, Standaard Denderleeuw, JS Jamioulx, RC Hades, Olsa Brakel and KRC Gent-Zeehaven.
RC Hades will also carry out a social media campaign on the topic throughout March and will organise a rainbow coloring competition for its younger teams, distribute informative resources and run an workshop on Football v Homophobia.
On the activities, Football+ Foundation president Jean Claude Van Rode said: “Together with our football partners, the Football+ Foundation wants to involve clubs, managers, players, referees, stewards and supporters to bring being LGBT up for discussion.
“We want to spread the message that whatever is your sexual orientation, religion, origin or gender, in football there is only one thing that matters and that is the game!”
In January, Football+ Foundation hosted a fans meeting with representatives of supporter organisations of the Belgian first and second divisions to discuss their involvement in the campaign.
Working since 2012 in Belgian football, Football+ Foundation believes football can promote good practice on the grounds of health, education, employment and inclusion. Through its projects, including ‘Marquer pour la santé!’, ‘Belgian Homeless Cup’ and ‘Football Kick Off’, the organisation looks to further the engagement of professional football in social projects.