Proud Valiants nominated for diversity award

Charlton Athletic's LGBTQI+ friendly supporters group, the Proud Valiants, have been nominated for a Fans for Diversity Awards.

This month will see the first ever Fans for Diversity Awards presented at the Football Supporters Federation conference on Friday, September 20th, organised with their partners at Kick It Out.

The awards celebrate the energy, campaigns and diversity of football fans from across the country. 

The awards are for the 2018/19 season and the Addicks have been nominated for the League One Fans For Diversity award.

Other groups nominated include Bangla Bantams (Bradford City), FFD Irons (Scunthorpe United) and Red and White Army (Sunderland).

Proud Valiants Chairperson Rob Harris said: "I know that I speak on behalf of every Member of the Proud Valiants and our supporters to say how honoured we are to be shortlisted for this award.

"Although these awards are given to individual groups - the real victory is that they exist at all - it is awesome that the FSA and Kick it Out continue the great work they always have done - but also how up and down the country there is a force of LGBTQI+ supporters groups who will fight homophobia, transphobia and all forms of prejudice. We look forward to continuing the work we with our amazing Charlton Athletic, the Community Trust, The FSA, Kick it Out and other campaigning groups in making The Valley the safest professional stadium in the UK."

The Proud Valiants are active throughout the year and work with the club to fight homophobia and transphobia. Activities include the annual Charlton v Homophobia,

Fans For Diversity is a campaign programme run in partnership between the Football Supporters' Association and Kick It Out, English football’s equality and inclusion organisation. Fans For Diversity encourages, funds and supports initiatives by fan groups to promote diversity and inclusion in football, and to challenge all forms of discrimination.   

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