New OFS Members

We are delighted to announce that Out For Sport have welcomed four new clubs over the past couple of months. We are always pleased to bring new clubs to the network and hope that you all take time to find out more about their individual sports:

Diverse City Bowlers

LYC Badminton

Soho FC

Wutian Martial Arts Institute

Great to have you on board!

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Gay Games 10 – Paris 2018

Registration is well underway for this epic International LGBT+ Sporting Event of 2018. Registration fees are on a tiered scale depending on the time in which you complete your registration, so do it early to get the best deal. Registration can be completed online for individual participants or for a team at the following link:

https://www.paris2018.com/participate/

Don’t forget to sign up to their CHAMPION Facebook page to keep up to date on the latest communications from the Paris team: http://www.facebook.com/groups/gaygameschampions

Survey – Volunteering in Sport

Please could you help support London Sport by completing the online survey below, it really only takes about 2-3 minutes and will help provide some really useful information on engagement in volunteering in LGBT sport and what attracts/detracts individuals from being part of sport.
 
We will of course share information we get back!
 
Thanks
OFS Team!
 

Gay Games – Paris 2018

HISTORY:  The Gay Games were founded in 1982 in San Francisco by the late Dr. Tom Waddell, an Olympic athlete in the decathlon.  Dr. Waddell’s objectives were to offer an ‘Olympic-like’ experience to everyone while eradicating discrimination and homophobia and breaking down stereotypes.

Organized every four years in cities around the world, such as San Francisco, Vancouver, New York, Amsterdam, Sydney, Chicago, Cologne, and Cleveland, thousands of athletes and artists are expected to participate in Paris 2018-Gay Games 10.  This will be the first time that the Gay Games will have been organized in a francophone and capital city.

Paris’s history in the LGBTIQ sports movement in France, including as Host of the 1997 EuroGames, and, for the past 15 years, the annual Paris International Tournaments, reflect the expertise and unity of the Paris and France LGBTIQA sport and culture community.

For regular updates on the Gay Games 2018, please feel free to follow the official Facebook page below. This page is managed by the Federation of Gay Games and will regularly update with information for those competing as well as the cultural and diversity events taking place for all visitors and spectators.
 

OFS Update on Miami Out Games 2017

Out For Sport London (OFS) was saddened to hear of the cancellation of the sports programmes, Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony of GLISA’s Outgames in Miami, in which London teams were planning to participate.

We are heartened by the proactive action taken by grassroots sports teams and organisations such as Nadadores Miami, International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics, International Gay and Lesbian Football Association and others to ensure that the Aquatics and Football events take place and that those athletes are given the opportunity to participate and achieve their personal best.

It is great to see the City of Miami Beach as well as local businesses and associations, stepping in to provide alternative sports and community events for participants already in Miami.  We are thankful that the community has helped organise alternative events for field hockey, basketball, country and western dancing and hopefully other sports.

Out For Sport is actively engaged with the Federation of Gay Games in preparation for Gay Games XI in Paris, from 4th to the 10th August 2018. We encourage teams to sign up for this event.

The plans for Paris are impressive and have the backing of the local city and council organisations, local businesses and the community.  The local LGBT grassroots sports community has a strong track record in organising the annual TIP tournament, which attracts over 4,000 athletes every year.

The international Federation of Gay Games, the governing body for the Gay Games, has a governance model that has been refined over the past 30 years.

We look forward to a great Gay Games XI in Paris, competing with over 10,000 athletes from all over the world in over 36 sports plus cultural events. Our representatives will work tirelessly to hold Paris to account.

We hope that all the athletes in Miami have a good time and manage to salvage some exciting sport.

Out For Sport Committee

Pride in London Festival 2017 – Sport Taster Sessions – NOW LIVE!!

We have some very exciting news for all of our OFS member clubs in London:

Pride in London have now published all of your agreed ‘Taster Events’ as part of the Pride Festival 2017. Listings all of your sporting events as well as other non sporting events can be found on their events page below. We hope you all share this information amongst your clubs to help drive participation for everyone, but also that you enjoy attending events of your own personal interest. It’s a fun packed programme that is guaranteed to entertain and engage:

http://prideinlondon.org/plan-your-pride/pride-festival

BLAGSS Diversity Games – Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th July 2017

GOLF

BLAGSS is organising the 3rd Brighton Diversity Games.  I am working hard to get a large number of LGBT Golfers to the event this year.   It would be really brilliant if you could join the LGBT community at the Diversity Games Golf on 8th July.  I attach the leaflet and link to joining the event.  I really want to give it a push this year to get the numbers up.

Find out further information and registration: click here

DANCE

This year BLAGSS will be holding the 1st Same Sex Dance Championships in both Ballroom and Latin American Dance. With both Men’s and Women’s categories in each discipline in the fantastic Mandela Hall in Brighton, this is tipped to be a dance competition not to be missed.

Find out further information and registration: click here

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