The Southern Football Netball League will continue to celebrate diversity with its second annual Pride Round over the weekend of June 29-July 1.
As part of the weekend's festivities, 2017 Division 1 Grand Finalists Mordialloc and Dingley will play off for the 2018 Pride Cup at Ben Kavanagh Reserve on Saturday 30 June, which is proudly supported by Sandown Greyhound Racing Club. A special free luncheon will also be held in the newly refurbished pavilion prior to the marquee senior men's match, with guest speakers including LGBTI+ advocate and Darebin Falcons VFLW player Hannah Mouncey, Stand Up Events CEO Angie Greene and Pride Cup Australia's James Lolicato.
In August 2017 the SFNL became the first community sporting competition in Australia to formally recognise and celebrate diversity and inclusion in sport with a dedicated League-wide Pride Round, which followed the formal inclusion of LGBTI+ communities in its Social Charter earlier in the year.
The inaugural SFNL Pride Round saw all Women’s and Senior Men’s football players, and all netballers wear rainbow-coloured laces in their boots or runners for their matches over the weekend, while every football venue in the competition was painted with rainbow 50m arcs in a show of support for the LGBTI+ community. All up, 4000 participants from more than 100 football teams and 32 netball teams had the opportunity to get involved in the Pride Round, with St Kilda City and St Pauls playing for the inaugural SFNL Pride Cup at the Peanut Farm, which was claimed by the Doggies.
Entry into the 2018 SFNL Pride Cup Luncheon is free with finger food to be provided. The event proceedings will commence at 1:00pm, with the opening bounce of the Pride Cup senior football match to follow at 2:15pm.
There are a limited number of places for this free event, so please RSVP to avoid disappointment. RSVP online at bit.ly/sfnlpridecup18