Thursday Night football

**Starts 1st October** As autumn is now upon us we move back indoors at Brighton College for our regular Thursday nights. There are two back-to-back sessions: 6-7pm PROS (pretty physical and competitive) and 7-8pm VIRGINS (gentler but still with a competitive edge). Both sessions are mixed by gender and if unsure of ability come to a virgins session first. Cost is £3/session, or £5 for both. Please arrive 15mins before, at the main school gates opposite College Road, where security will direct you. Please wear trainers or (better still) indoor football shoes. There are no changing facilities (though many change pitch side) and there is no water/vending machine (so please arrive prepared). I know its all complicated and slightly intimidating, but most people who come love it and become a regular. We are friendly and welcoming, and do contact me if you need any help joining in. Elliot :) 

BLAGSS Football vs Brighton Kop

BLAGSS play Brighton Kop in an 11-aside Football friendly on Sunday 27/09/15. 1pm meet for a 2pm kick off. Location: Stanmer Park on grass (bottom end by the main entrance. Busses pass nearby, and trains at Falmer, both being 10 min walks max.

Players need to confirm their interest in advance. There is a match fee of £5/each, Footwear= boots with studs. Players to arrive at 1pm for changing/warm up etc.  

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Pride Diversity Games

Our Pride 6-aside football tournament was a massive success with 10 men's and 5 women's teams coming from across the UK to celebrate diversity and inclusion in football. We also raised nearly £700 for the Rainbow Fund. The tournament was sanctioned and officiated by our friends at Sussex FA, and sponsored by Domestic and General. We thank Brighton Rugby Club for being excellent hosts. And on Saturday night around 60 participants (including guests from the Golf tournament) partied hard at Charles Street.

Sussex FA vs BLAGSS in aid of Football vs Homophobia

Sussex FA hosted a benefit match against BLAGSS in aid of Football vs Homophobia, an international initiative opposing homophobia in football at all levels – from grassroots to professional clubs. BLAGSS also celebrated affiliation to Sussex FA at the event.

The teams played out a 0-0 stalemate, but the game was far from uneventful. BLAGSS had some of the better chances, going just over the top right corner in the first half, and hitting the crossbar early in the second. Sussex turned-on the pressure late in the second half and came close to stealing a win, but the BLAGSS goalie did an excellent job between the sticks to keep a clean sheet and win man of the match.

BLAGSS were presented with a commemorative banner by Sussex FA Chairman Mathew Major, and both groups agreed to make this an annual fixture. BLAGSS Football Rep Elliot Toms said “We thank Darren, Ashley and the Sussex team for a great day celebrating diversity in football. Our affiliation marks the positive contribution the LGBT community and our friends can make in the national game, and visa versa. We just want to share our love of football, and we are always looking for new members of all abilities.”

Worthing Football Club proved excellent hosts, sacrificing their beautiful pitch in the process. Around 50 supporters came along to the event, and £75 was raised in donations for charity.

BLAGSS vs Bexley Invicta 19/01/15 Match Report

Members of BLAGSS Football played an 11-aside friendly against Bexley Invicta on 19th January 2015 at Hassocks Sports Centre. Brighton won 5-4 in what was a close game, with goals by Lake (3), Dema (1) and Maplesden (1). Brighton went ahead 3-1, before the London LGBT visitors came back into the game towards the half time break. However, BLAGSS were always in front and Lake was rampant upfront for the seasiders, even managing a delightful side-step shot to trick the keeper and complete the hat-trick. The next fixture is an away trip to a 6-aside tournament in London on 1st February.
The event was supported by Sussex FA, who BLAGSS will be playing in an exhibition friendly this February as part of the month of Football vs Homophobia. Details will follow, but it is hoped that the match will be played at the recently completed Brighton & Hove Albion elite training ground at Lancing. The event will demonstrate the county’s commitment to grassroots football for all. The association has also pledged support for a football tournament hosted by BLAGSS this summer.

BLAGSS/GFC Brighton play in LGBT Tournament

Members of BLAGSS teamed up with GFC Brighton and Hove to play in the London Titans FC's annual LGBT 11-aside tournament. We came a respectable 9th out of 11, winning one game, drawing one, and losing another. Wonder goals from Blagss members Kurt and Chang were the feature of the day. 

We hope to be able to attend more tournaments around the UK and beyond - please express your interest!


At the recent Sussex Uni FvH event, BLAGSS members were interviewed by Latest TV who recorded an article on the event. The video is on YouTube here.

Football Vs Homophobia

BLAGSS attended the University of Sussex annual Football versus Homophobia tournament in February 2014 (and in previous years)

Looking for something different? Check out the full list of of BLAGSS groups on the right, or see the other sports page for links to other London and Brighton LGBT friendly sports groups.

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