Friendly football sessions in Brighton for LGBT & friends.
Albion x BLAGSS training session raises £175 for Brighton Women's Centre
International Women's Day takes place in March every year and to celebrate we accepted an invite from Brighton & Hove Albion FC to attend a training session at their Premier League training ground in Lancing.
Players generously donated £175 to Brighton Women's Centre after Albion in the Community coaches hosted a 2-hour training session at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre exclusively for BLAGSS members. It was a memorable morning and as we were put through our paces in a number of training drills, fun games and we ended with a mini-tournament.
The free session was arranged as part of our ongoing relationship with BHAFC and we used the opportunity to host it on IWD2020 and raise money for Brighton Women's Centre to support the vitally important work they do in our local area.
BWC has supported self-identifying women in Sussex for over 40 years. They help women from all backgrounds, facing all kinds of issues, to live happier lives. Women dealing with bereavement or trauma, women who have been through homelessness or the criminal justice system, survivors of abuse or discrimination – all are welcomed. www.womenscentre.org.uk
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Thursdays - Outdoors
We meet every Thursday from 7:30-9pm at The Manor in Kemptown.
Our sessions are open to all ages & abilities, it's all about having fun and being social.
We start with a warm up and then straight into friendly matches - some weeks we also introduce coaching. Most weeks we head out to the pub after for food and/or a social drink.
** Due to high demand our session sign up is now done via WhatsApp on a first-come first-served basis. Please drop the sports reps a text if you'd like to join and we'll let you know if there's space available. **
The nearest bus stop is 'St Marys Hall' which serves popular bus routes 1, 1A, 7 & 23.
WHAT TO WEAR
The pitch is 3G so you can wear trainers, astro/turf trainers (TF), hard ground (HG), firm ground (FG) or artificial ground (AG) boots.
Wear whatever you feel comfortable playing in - there are changing rooms, toilets & showers available.
WHAT IT COSTS
£5. You can play once without being a member but you must join BLAGSS after that.
We are affiliated to Sussex County FA so are provided with exhibition game opportunities including 'Football v Homophobia' throughout the year. In addition we arrange friendly small-sided matches/tournaments against local amateur sports groups which are open to all our players.
BLAGSS link up with Albion for #RainbowLaces
BLAGSS Football were invited as guests to Albion v Wolves for their designated Stonewall 'Rainbow Laces' match on 8th December.
18 members of the women's football group were in attendance as an entertaining match ended in a deserved 1-1 draw at The Amex. BLAGSS were particularly impressed with the visibility of LGBT+ activations Albion had committed to: a large Premier League rainbow carpet lining the main walkway to the stadium, leaflets & posters around the stands, rainbow kit printing available in the club shop and a spectacular rainbow being created by the entire East Stand crowd whilst the teams lined up for photos which provided maximum visibility for the clubs campaign. BHAFC Women’s WSL home match vs Reading also ended in a 2-2 draw and saw the team featuring rainbow lettering & numbers on their match tops.
Brighton & Hove Albion will be linking up with BLAGSS football for 2020 to gain an insight on how they can improve outreach to minority groups, create a more inclusive work environment and to provide support to our men's and women's teams moving forward.
Women's Football Coordinator, JT, commented "This is a very exciting time to be involved with not only our local team, but a team with massive exposure in the Premier League. Albion have been very proactive in their approach to building a relationship with BLAGSS football as they aim to promote diversity at every level of the club and I am happy to be involved in these initiatives for 2020 on behalf of BLAGSS."
Seagals win first FA Women's tournament!
BLAGSS had a successful outing at the August Sussex FA Women's Festival in Lancing. Our recreational team had a great run of 5 games with lots of new faces joining the squad for the friendly format provided at the monthly festival.
This month saw the FA introduce a competitive tournament so we thought it fitting to launch our newly formed 'Brighton Seagals' competitive team and enter the draw. Drawn against three strong teams from Eastbourne Borough & DaSH, it was a hard-fought set of fixtures but the Seagals managed to win all three games and come out as tournament winners! SEEEEEAAAAGALS!
Brighton Seagals Squad: Barratt, Bell, Burton-Flint, Cliffe, Cole, Jackson, Thomson (c)
Results: v Eastbourne Black (2-1) / v Eastbourne Reds (2-1) / v DaSH FC Ladies (3-0)
BLAGSS Recreational Squad: Athinaiou, Christou, Condie, Faridi (c), Granville, Hughes, Lacey-Akers, Nagy
New Shirt Sponsor Secured
The Seagals are pleased to announce that Proud Robinson & Partners, heavyweight creative PR firm with offices in Brighton & London, have provided shirt sponsorship to subside the cost of the women's 2019 teamwear range.
In partnership with GR Teamwear in Burgess Hill, the football managers have secured a deal which means new shirts will be subsidised until the end of the season to make them affordable for players on all incomes.
Proud Robinson market themselves as "Creatively & Credibly Challenging The Status Quo" which very much matches the ethics of the team and our LGBT campaigning within the football community. We are happy to have the support of such a fantastic company, especially with their Brighton office being only down the road from our training ground.