Football v Homophobia (FvH), the international campaign to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in football, has launched a UK Youth Panel to support its work across Great Britain.

The Youth Panel will help inform the work of the campaign, ensuring that it stays relevant to the needs of young people involved in football.

First launched by the Justice Campaign in 2010, FvH exists to challenge discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression across all levels of the game. Twelve young people have been appointed to the Youth Panel, who will use their experience and insight to create a more positive and welcoming environment for LGBT+ young people in football

Brian Stokes, one of the newly appointed members of the Youth Panel, explained his reasons for joining the campaign: “I want to see how we can help develop more strategies for the lower reaches of the game and I’m also looking forward to working with people with all sorts of different perspectives and backgrounds.”

Lou Englefield, Director of FvH, was delighted by the range of applicants for the positions: “We have been so impressed by the number of applicants and calibre of responses we received to our appeal for Youth Panel members. We have attracted young people from across the game and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the time and effort put into applying.”

A GoFundMe campaign has also been launched today to support the work of the Youth Panel over the next 12 months. For more information about the Football v Homophobia Youth Panel, please contact Angharad Englefield-Nelson [email protected].