Rainbow laces promote equality in sports

UEL's basketball and netball teams wore rainbow laces as part of Big Blue Wednesday to show their support for the LGBTQ community.

Dom Stevens, Marketing Assistant for UEL's Sports Dock, said, "Big Blue Wednesday is an event that encourages as many students as possible to come down, get involved in sport.

"We're working with the LGBTQ Society, to promote equality, especially in sport."

Kieran Hery, a third year student studying sports development, who plays in the 1st division of UEL's basketball team, said, "Basketball is a very community-related sport as well as a team sport, and this kind of event brings everyone together."

Sports players were encouraged to wear the rainbow laces, bringing a splash of colour on to the court.

Kimberley Lawrence, a second year sociology student, and spectator at Big Blue Wednesday, said, "I think the rainbow lace initiative is really good and it's a way to include everybody."

Students and staff were spectators at the event, including Jonathan Dudley, International Recruitment Officer for the EU, Middle East and North Africa, who said that he was impressed with UEL Sports efforts to encourage everyone to get involved in sports, and explained that he tries to attend all events run by Sports Dock, as he is often asked​ by international students about the sports available at UEL.

Anthony Button, Executive Officer, Vice Chancellor's Group, for UEL, set up the collaboration between the University's Sports Dock and Stonewall, a group that works with institutions to help create equality in sports for those in the LGBTQ community.

Big Blue Wednesday is one of UEL Sports biggest events of the year a day which aims to promote participation in sports to everyone, including staff and students.

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