Stonewall FC won the annual Arsenal for Everyone Cup at the Arsenal Hub at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday. Now in its third year, the tournament brings together teams from across football and the local community. Gay Gooners, Kick it Out, Islington Council, Save the Children and a number of Arsenal in the Community projects were represented, alongside an Arsenal staff team.
The Arsenal for Everyone Cup was the final event in a season of initiatives designed to promote equality and diversity across the club. Arsenal’s Premier League match against Everton last October was dedicated to the Arsenal for Everyone initiative, with a host of special guests invited to the game and an Arsenal for Everyone banner installed at Emirates Stadium. The club also backed Level Playing Field's campaign to improve access to stadia for disabled supporters in 2015/16, and once again supported Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces initiative, which seeks to promote equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in sport.
Arsenal in the Community continue to run a wide range of projects in the local area for schoolchildren and young adults that promote inclusivity and tolerance. Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis said: "It’s important to use the Arsenal name to promote tolerance and understanding where we can and the Arsenal for Everyone campaign has become an important part what we stand. It was great to celebrate another year of progress with the Arsenal for Everyone Cup and our congratulations go to Stonewall for winning the trophy for a second time.”
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