Ron Hogg Memorial Trophy
Durham FA host inaugural LGBTQ+ football tournament.
Durham FA have worked with Durham Pride to host the inaugural Ron Hogg Memorial Trophy. The trophy was named after the former Durham Police and Crime Commissioner who was a big ally of the LGBTQ+ community.
Durham FA sought special dispensation from The FA that the tournament was mixed gender to ensure that all gender identities could participate.
13 teams took part on the day, from LGBTQ+ groups and allies such as Durham Constabulary, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue service, Durham County Council and Durham University.
The group stages set up a final between Durham Constabulary and County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, with the Police running out as the competition’s first ever winners.
Both finalists are invited to Durham Pride on Sunday 29th May where they will receive VIP guest passes and be presented with their trophy.
Mel Metcalf, Chair of Durham Pride and member of Durham FA’s Inclusion Advisory Group commented:
“It is true testament to the great work and popularity of Ron that this first tournament was so well attended. We have so much to do to tackle homophobia in football and this annual event will go some way to raise awareness of the issue but also promote an inclusive environment at grass roots level for all to enjoy – no matter how the identify”
John Topping, Durham FA’s Company Secretary had this to say:
"The Durham County FA were delighted to be involved in the organisation of the LGBT football tournament played on 27th February 2022 at Maiden Castle. The event was a huge success and confirms the Associations commitment in supporting Equality and Diversity in football"
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