FGG Scholarship Update

Below is the link to the Federation of Gay Games Scholarship video which will be featured in the Giving Tuesday and End of the Year Appeal campaigns. Please share this with your club members in order to achieve our US$100,000 goal.

Are you ‘Out on the Pitch’? Share your story!

The University of Strathclyde, funded by the Wellcome Trust is currently working on a project investigating LGBT sport and its effects on mental health since the 1970s. The project is called Out on the Pitch, and more information can be found here: http://bit.ly/OutonthePitch

A part of the project is to collect oral history interviews with LGBT people who participate in sport at all levels, and we are looking for interviewees. The interview would last one to two hours, and be in a location of your choice (or over skype for instance). The interview would concentrate mainly on your life in sport, your sexuality, and the effect that participating in sport has had on your mental health. We’re interested in talking to you if you have a particular story to tell or if you don’t, and regardless of age or background.

The interviews will be stored at the Scottish Oral History Centre, and you will be in control of your interview and data, and may remain anonymous if you wish.

Please get in touch if you are interested in participating in the project, or if you have any questions: Daniel.callwood@strath.ac.uk<mailto:Daniel.callwood@strath.ac.uk>, @dancallwood on Twitter or on +447817068073.

FREE Training: Recruiting Women in Sport

HOLD THE DATE: Monday 4th December 2018

Venue: London Sport, 190 Great Dover Street, London, SE1 4YB

This training is available to all club members of Out For Sport in Partnership with London Sport. The short training session will help your teams and clubs to recruit more women in sport – give the opportunity to share ideas and network together on the topic.

Invitations to the event will be sent direct from OFS in the next week or so, please contact your club representative for booking details.

DISCOUNTED Eurostar Tickets to Paris 2018

Out For Sport were contacted by Stonewall FC back in the early summer to tell us about a great relationship they have with Martikas Ltd. (Licensed Tour Operator) Martikas have organised a special flat rate deal with Eurostar that they could open up for all OFS members and their friends for the Gay Games 2018 in Paris. This is a great opportunity to potentially travel over in mass, whilst enjoying a discounted rate at the same time. Tickets are also available from Martikas before they have even gone on general sale to the public so they are ensuring you get the best rate possible on this group offer!*

This is a limited time offer:

  • London – Paris return
  • Return journey August 4 – August 12
  • £118 each guaranteed for those dates until allocation runs out.

Tickets require payment in full at time of confirmation by individuals/club groups.

Please get in touch with Niko Martikas at niko@martikas.com to discuss your options by November 30th. Tickets are non refundable but name changes are allowed up to May 31st 2018 for a small fee of £25 per return ticket.

If any groups of 10 or more wish to travel for the Paris Gay Games but on dates other than the Aug 4 out – Aug 12 rtn, we may be able to achieve the same ticket rates for your groups. Please get in touch with Niko as soon as possible to discuss your options. Preferably before November 10th.

Please note that Martikas Ltd is an ATOL holder with license number T7433 as well as a member of the Travel Trust Association with membership number U9638. Your bookings and funds are safe with us. For more information on both of those organisations please look at:



If you have any question please contact Niko direct on 020 7407 1817 . He is available during normal working hours.

*OFS would like to point out that they have no partnership or affiliation to Martikas Ltd and there is no endorsement or reciprical financial interest in their offer above. We are sharing this offer with our membership out of good will and you will be liaising and purchasing direct from Martikas Ltd. Please ensure you read all their terms and conditions.

Run for SPECTRA – 26th November 2017

Taking place on 26 November 2017, the World AIDS Day Red Run is a 5K or 10K charity run through leafy Victoria Park, east London, now in its 8th year. Last year the Red Run helped to raise over £60,000 for local HIV services.

This year the Red Run is supporting 28 HIV charities across the UK, including Spectra.www.spectra-london.org.uk


There are currently 103,000 people living with HIV in the UK, increasing on average by 6,000 per year.  Medical advancements are now at the point where the average life expectancy for someone living with HIV in the UK is the same as someone who is not. However, an HIV diagnosis still carries a lot of stigma and fear and HIV services and HIV activism are still very important.

For more details of events arranged to support our runners on the day, visit the official Red Run website at www.redrun.org.uk which will give you up to date information on the registration process, route, pre- and post-run events and much much more.

So, sign up now to support Spectra Charity as your chosen charity to run for. Register at the official Red Run website or alternatively, you can arrange to fund raise for Spectra via our JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/spectracharity

And of course, all ages and abilities are welcome!  For more information please contact John Dugdale – john@spectra-london.org.uk

OFS Welcomes 7 NEW Club Members!

As agreed at the OFS Assembly held on Monday 9th October 2017, we are delighted to announce the following new club memberships to Out For Sport. We are really excited that they are now part of our LGBT+ Sport family and further details on the individual clubs can be found under the ‘members’ section of our website:

Alpha Male Dancers

Diverse City Bowlers

Hackney Women’s Football Club

London Frontrunners

London Otters Rowing Club

Stonewall FC

United Kingdom Same Sex Dance Council

We are so glad you are on board and look forward to working closely with you over the coming months!