United Glasgow Football Club has always been more than a football club and our focus on educating our players, coaches and volunteers on our core values has been something which the club has put an increased emphasis on over the last few years, with over 100 people taking part in these sessions since 2016. While we can bring people together on a pitch to train or play, it's important to spend some time together to learn about what we believe in and what we are against.
Immigration, Asylum and Racism
A large part of the work we have done since our foundation is helping refugees and asylum seekers, and other migrant communities, access sport in Glasgow and meet new people. Many of our young Scottish players have learned more about immigration, asylum and racism through meeting team mates whose life experiences can relate to these areas. Our workshops on immigration, asylum and racism allow players, coaches and volunteers to explore what language around these issues really mean, busting some common misconceptions and myths around immigration and asylum and learning about what racism is and what we can do about it.
Sexism and Women's Rights
Even before the rapid expansion of our women's football provision since 2014, United Glasgow FC has always been keen to challenge the macho, "lads culture" that surrounds football at many levels. For too long have people continued to spout that football is a "man's game" and we feel it's important to challenge this fallacy. Our sessions on sexism and women's rights focus on language and discrimination, the ways in which people consciously and unconsciously make spaces unwelcoming for women and looking at which dated, sexist football phrases we would all benefit from retiring.
LGBT+ Rights and Homophobia/Transphobia
With rainbow flags on our jerseys and our club attending Pride in 2016 and 2017, we've always been clear that United Glasgow FC is an LGBT+ inclusive club. However, we feel it's important to go beyond simply symbols and demonstrations. Since 2016, we've been working with Leap Sports and others to help educate players on the language and terminology around LGBT+ issues, what constitutes homophobia and transphobia and why it is important to challenge these to create a welcoming and inclusive space in the club. The sessions include definitions around gender identity, sexual orientation and other terms, discussions around the discrimination faced by LGBT+ communities and ways to challenge these.