A few days after a new sponsorship agreement at Barnsley Football Club was realized, HEX.com, a crypto currency company, was allegedly found to have posted homophobic social media comments. Not something applauded or tolerated in this day and age.
We are advised that “Brent Morrisey, the owner of HEX.com made a statement saying he did not condone the actions of the 2 members of the company and said the members where not associated with the sponsorship deal however he also stated “charitable donations in the thousands of pounds have already been made to the Barnsley food bank by members of the HEX community in the past few days and continue to be made in solidarity between the communities”. So that’s the corporate take but the Club weighed up the implications and decided to cut ties.
Within 7 days after the post the Club decided to cancel the sponsorship with immediate effect. In a statement they said they “valued their fans and core beliefs above everything else”. Well done Barnsley.
The Barnsley LGBTQ+ group were happy with the decision and the Club’s stance.
Discrimination of any sort is tackled head on quite rightly, and even in our own sports enterprise a key consideration.
Some notworthy organisations worth following includes:
Kick It Out
Women In Football
Council of Europe
Out On The Fields
Article researched and compiled by Kaya Stores.
With the coronavirus ravaging our health, well-being and livelihoods, it is fantastic to share with you a great news story. Stockport Volleyball Club, affectionately known as “the S’PORT”, is delighted to have been awarded a generous grant to enable an additional outdoor court and indoor volleyball court to be established in the Borough. This has only been made possible through the Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund (MACTF).
The MACTF is a registered charity and was established to promote, enhance, improve and protect both the natural and built environment in our local community. On the current pandemic, it says: “During this extraordinary and difficult time, we know community groups large and small will be challenged with the current COVID-19 and moved in ways that seemed unimaginable just weeks ago. The Trustees at Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund would like to assure groups that our first priority is to continue to support people and communities through our funding in the best way we can.”
Chairman, at the S’PORT who received the notification said: “We are absolutely delighted by the news – this will bring so much joy to the existing and future participants to our sport locally. We will endeavour to start collating all evidence as required to be fully compliant with the terms of the award. Thank you Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund”.
Right – time to put some positivity into an extremely challenging situation. Nobody could predict this pandemic, yet sports are disrupted to an extent that viability and sustainability are threatened. It’s not just a Club thing and infact we guarantee on this #go2volleyball fundraising appeal 💯 goes to the beneficiaries to pay for flights and accommodation. Please help to spread the word and help our players have some normality back. #Mesqueunclub💙🧡
More information and donations at: http://www.crowdscrum.co.uk/projects/go-2-volleyball/