London’s first-ever LGBTQ+ sports festival welcomes all in Pride Month

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Free tickets available for event on Sunday 16 June (10.30am to 6pm) at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre; opportunities to try out with around 20 different inclusive sports clubs from across the capital; “no previous experience necessary!” insists organiser David Lionetti…

By Sports Media LGBT+

The latest addition to London’s Pride month activities will be the 2024 Out for Sport Festival – London’s first-ever LGBTQ+ sports festival.

Taking place on Sunday 16 June (starts 10.30am) at one of the capital’s most iconic sporting destinations – Crystal Palace National Sports Centre – the Festival aims to break down barriers to sports participation.

Approximately 20 LGBTQ+ inclusive sports clubs, representing a wide range of sporting disciplines and drawn from across London, will be offering free taster sessions throughout the day.

These sessions are suitable for anyone, be they experienced athletes or those wishing to try out a new activity for the first time.

The event aims to increase LGBTQ+ community involvement in sports, highlight the health and well-being benefits of an active lifestyle, and showcase London’s LGBTQ+ inclusive sporting groups.

Learn more about eight of the Out for Sport clubs in this playlist of Pride videos from Better UK

Event organiser David Lionetti says: “We are hoping the Out for Sport Festival will encourage and inspire members of the LGBTQ+ community to connect with each other in a welcoming and safe environment, while promoting a healthier lifestyle through sports and physical activity.

“There will be a fantastic array of activities to try, from hockey, tennis and rugby to dancing, jujitsu and boxing.

“Everyone is welcome. No previous experience is needed, just enthusiasm and interest in finding out more.”

The event is supported by Better, the charitable social enterprise behind Crystal Palace National Sports Centre and the UK’s largest operator of municipal leisure facilities.

Out for Sport Festival Provisional Timetable, Sunday 16 June (registration open 10.30am until 4pm)

11am to 1pm

Tennis – South London Smashers

Squash – Outplay

Football – Hackney Women’s Football Club

Dance – UK Equality Dance Council

Boxing – Knockout

Boating – Thames Dragon Boat Club

Basketball – London Cruisers Basketball Club & London Knights Basketball Club

Jujitsu – Ishigaki Jujitsu

Rugby – London Stags

Lunch – 1pm to 2.30pm

2.30pm to 4.30pm

Tennis – North London Lob-sters

Football – Charlton Invicta

Line Dancing – The Cactus Club

Cricket – Graces Cricket Club

Netball – Unicorns Netball Club

Kempo Martial Arts – Camden Kempo

Hockey – London Royals

Swimming – Out for Swim

Social – 4.30pm to 6pm

The event is for those aged 18 or over. For full details and to claim your free ticket, visit the Out for Sport website.

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Jon Holmes

Digital Sports Editor