The London Royals, the UK’s largest openly gay Hockey club, come on tour to Cardiff on the 8th and 9th March to train, play games and gain new members, and Hockey Wales is delighted to be supporting and promoting the event.

The event, also supported by Stonewall Cymru, NUS Wales LGBT and the LGBT Sports Network, will see the team attend an open training session on Saturday 8th March from 17:00 until 19:00. All are welcome to join and the free session will be led by Hockey Wales Club Champions and current members of the Senior Welsh International Squads.

On Sunday 9th March at 10:30 the Royals will play a friendly match against Cardiff University at the Talybont AstroTurf, another free event open for all, and the weekend is rounded off with the teams heading over to the NationalHockey Centre to watch Cardiff & Met play in the English National League against Fareham at 13:00.

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Hockey Wales is delighted to be supporting such an event and we are even more delighted to say that we will also be welcoming a number of Club Champions who will promote their clubs as places for any potential new players looking to join a club after the weekend’s activities.

Hockey Wales CEO Helen Bushell comments:

“We are committed to supporting the diversity of our membership and are really excited to be able to support this event. We believe this event will jointly help support our current LGBT membership and encourage new players to join a sport which can help promote equality regardless of any sexuality, gender or race”

Matthew Hill, Chair of London Royals Hockey Club, talks about the international opportunities of LGBT Hockey:

“Hockey in the UK is a fun, accessible and inclusive sport for all, and London is proud to be hosting this year’s PinkHockey international tournament for LGBT teams. Unfortunately not every country can say the same, and the tournament is an opportunity to stand up against discrimination and send a positive message to LGBT sportspeople around the world. But above all it’s going to be great fun, and we’d love to recruit as many Welsh players as possible to play, compete and party with us. So whether you’re total pro or a total novice, come down and train with some of Wales’ top players.”

Helen Adams is Chair of the LGBT Sports Network which has been set up to create a thriving LGBT sporting community.  She said:

“This event provides a great opportunity to showcase that sport is for everyone regardless of any sexuality, gender or race.  On behalf of the LGBT Sports Network, I wish it every success in its aim to increase club membership amongst the LGBT community.”

Andrew White, Stonewall Cymru Director comments:

“Our research shows that clubs like The London Royals really do make a difference when 75 per cent of gay people regularly hear homophobic ‘banter’, and where one in eight gay people have experienced physical abuse in sports simply for being gay. We wish the event every success and hope it’s legacy will encourage more LGBT people in Wales to get involved in their chosen sport”