Wasps are looking forward to supporting Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign this weekend.
The game-wide initiative sees Premiership Rugby, its title sponsor Aviva, The RPA and England Rugby uniting in support of LGBT charity Stonewall, whose Rainbow Laces campaign aims to make sport everyone’s game.
This weekend, Aviva volunteers will be handing out rainbow laces to supporters while match officials will sport a special shirt and rainbow corner flags will provide extra colour to highlight the campaign at all Aviva Premiership Fixtures.
Wasps’ back row James Haskell has been a strong backer of Stonewall for years and is encouraging players and fans to wear the rainbow laces, as he will be this weekend when Wasps line up against London Irish in Round 9 of the Aviva Premiership.
Haskell is proud that rugby is a game for everyone and wants to make sure that inclusive nature of the sport continues. He is delighted to see even more people getting behind Stonewall and their Rainbow Lace campaign this year.
“The Aviva Premiership has adopted the Rainbow Laces campaign this year, which is fantastic,” he says. “The gay rights charity Stonewall came up with the concept and this is a chance for us all to show we are united against homophobia.
“It’s a great move by the Premiership and a chance for us all to show that we care and are fully on board with it.
“Rugby is very inclusive,” he continues. “When you look round the changing room there are all kinds of shapes and sizes, and it doesn’t matter what colour, creed or religion you are, or what your sexuality is, it’s all irrelevant. A person’s sexuality has nothing to do with what they are about or what they do.
“It’s important that we help filter out any misconceptions. There can be a lot of old concepts around rugby and a lot of machoness around the sport, so helping to spread the word that a lot of those old cliches just aren’t relevant anymore can only be a good thing.”
To hear more of Haskell’s views about the campaign you can watch this video.
Rugby will be joining a number of other sports this weekend as sporting organisations come together to show their support for the LGBT community.
If rugby fans would like to purchase any rainbow laces before or after the fixtures they can visit this link
To find out more about the campaign visit: http://www.stonewall.org.uk/