Competition to help challenge homophobia and transphobia in sport

Publish Date: 21/11/2011

To mark the pre-launch of LGB&T History Month 2012 - the government are launching a competition  to design a logo that sports clubs can use to show their commitment to kicking homophobia and transphobia out of sport.

On Monday 14 March 2011 the Government, together with major sporting bodies, launched a Charter calling for anyone and everyone with an interest or involvement in sport to unite in a common cause to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport.

The Football Association, England and Wales Cricket Board, Lawn Tennis Association, Rugby Football League and Rugby Football Union, together with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, were amongst the first signatories.

As part of the competition - the government are looking for a design that inspires change and helps spread the message that hate of any kind in sport is not acceptable.

Rugby legend Ben Cohen will shortlist the top entries – then it will be over to the public to crown the final winner through a public vote. The winning entry will be used as the official campaign logo by sports clubs up and down the country.

Prizes include

• A mascot package for under 11’s at an England Football International at Wembley

• 2 tickets to the Championship playoff finals at Wembley

• 2 Tickets to the AEGON tennis Championship at Queens

• 4 Tickets to the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final

• A signed Ben Cohen shirt

• A tour of Wembley Stadium
(Please note travel or overnight stay is not included in any of the prizes)

Anyone of any age can enter, and designs must be exciting and creative. They are looking for a logo that really inspires change.

Draw your logo on paper, paint it or design it on a computer – the choice is yours – but it needs to work across all sizes even when it’s as small as a ten pence piece so keep it simple and bold.

The deadline for designs is January 18th, send your creations to sportscharter@geo.gsi.gov.uk or by post to Nancy Tenenbaum at Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF.

Visit http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/equalities/lgbt/sports-charter/ for terms and conditions