Cork City FC is delighted to partner with Cork Pride to help raise awareness for inclusiveness and support the Cork Pride LGBT+ Festival.
The Rebel Army will wear special one-off “Pride” numbers on their shirts in the SSE Airtricity League match against St. Patrick’s Athletic on Friday, August 2nd, two days before the Cork Pride parade.
This will be a first for a League of Ireland club. Cork City FC is steeped in the community and inclusiveness is part of our overall ethos.
As volunteer driven organisation, The Leesiders currently have five academy teams, an amputee team and a senior men’s and women’s teams.
The special one-off “Pride” shirts worn by the players will be auctioned afterwards on eBay throughout August. All funds raised from the sale of the shirts will be used to support inclusiveness projects supported by the Cork Pride committee.
Speaking on this partnership, Cork City chairman Declan Carey said: “We’re delighted to partner with the Cork Pride Festival this year. The Cork Pride committee and FORAS have a lot in common in terms of community spirit, inclusiveness and pride in Cork! We hope to raise funds through the auction of very rare player shirts to help support the Cork Pride team with their projects throughout the next number of months.”
Clive Davis, chair of the Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival said the committee “enthusiastically and appreciatively embraced the idea”.
“This type of support in sport is hugely important, and this kind of initiative is a first for Cork, and indeed for a League of Ireland club”, he added. “Our friends in Cork City FC are using their considerable profile to demonstrate their support of the LGBT+ community in Cork through their actions, and by wearing the striking Cork Pride special edition jerseys during the St. Pat’s match. This will start conversations and raise the profile of not only the work the LGBT community has done, but the work that is left to do.”
To learn more about the Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival, visit CorkPride.com.