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Football Dates for 2015

March: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

April: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

May: 7th, 28th

June: 25th (the sports hall is not available on the other dates)

Thursday Night Football 6-7pm

Football returns after a short break, our new slot being Thursday evenings at Brighton College sports centre in the heart of Kemptown!

It's indoors and is the whole hall (i.e. twice the size of regular 5-aside). Bring trainers (although specific football shoes are cheap and will improve your game) shin pads if you have them (its not physical, but best to be safe than sorry) and water. Most importantly, bring your membership card and £3 subs. 

We will warm up and practice a few drills for the first 20mins before playing a game for the last 40mins. The game is reasonably competitive, but we aim to cater for all abilities and nobody is left out. Depending on numbers we might run a separate "virgins" session in the future. The sessions are mixed. You can come regularly or occasionally, whenever you like. 

There may be periods when the hall is in use by the school e.g. exam times. Please make sure you are on the mailing list to get updates. Currently we have the hall booked up to and including 18th December 2014, and sessions start again mid January 2015.

There are no parking facilities on site, but there is street parking nearby at £1/hr. Plenty of buses run along Eastern Road (1/1A/7/14C/14B/71/73/94A/23/52). Location map

Please arrive in good time to find the sports hall and get ready, especially if this is your first visit. The schedule is tight and my phone is in the bag from 6pm! I aim to be around from quarter to and wear a Blagss T-shirt, so come and introduce yourself, I don't bite. Email or text me any questions, cheers. 

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!

Ladies Football Coordinator Wanted

We are looking for a ladies coordinator for football, to help keep sessions mixed. Please email me.


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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Sport Coordinators

Elliot is our Football coordinator
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