The second annual Gippsland Pride Cup was launched this week and North Gippsland Football Netball League president David Kyle said the 2018 event would be “bigger and better” than last year.

Traralgon Tyers United and Glengarry will once again replace their traditional strips with rainbow ones for the round 10 Pride Cup fixture to help promote and foster the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities in sporting clubs and the broader community.

Kyle labelled the inaugural Pride Cup an important step for sport in the region and hoped this year’s edition would be just as successful.

“There were some challenges for us as a league in being able to bring together [the Pride Cup] in such a short time frame and be able to deliver what I think was such a successful day,” Kyle said.

“There were certainly some learnings from that and we will try and take those into this year.

“For me, one of the greatest learnings was that what this game and round signifies for us is that it creates the pathway for us to start discussions on both diversity and inclusion.”

Kyle said the NGFNL was “wholeheartedly committed” to continuing to drive home the importance of inclusion.

“My own personal view is very much this: I’ve been around cricket and footy most of my life and there’s nothing in the rules of our game that says the length of your hair, the colour of your skin or your nationality or sexuality should stop you from playing the games that we love in football and netball,” he said.

“If we can have more discussions around that and more education around that space then everyone in football and netball circles, not only in Gippsland but generically in the codes we love, will benefit from that.”

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Article written by Kate Withers reporting for Latrobe Valley Express. Article originally published by Latrobe Valley Express on June 7th, 2018

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