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A passion for their team unites people from all walks of life. Premier League clubs see diversity and inclusion as crucial to their work and are committed to ensuring a welcoming atmosphere for everyone in their stadiums.

Chelsea is one example of a Premier League club working hard to make everyone feel welcome and supported. This season they joined forces with Kick It Out, Football v Homophobia and Show Racism the Red Card, to celebrate their work with a ‘Game for Equality’ against Stoke City. The game was part of Chelsea’s ‘Building Bridges’ initiative, launched in 2010 to promote equality in the stadium and throughout their communities. This season Chelsea also formed an LGBT fan group and supported International Women’s Day.

Gary Cahill of Chelsea during the Building Bridges match

Ed Connell is the Chair of the Gay Football Supporters' Network, and has been a Chelsea season ticket holder since the late 90's.

Chelsea are keen to ensure that Stamford Bridge is a welcoming environment for its LGBT supporters.”
Ed Connell, Chair of the Gay Football Supporters' Network
Ed Connell of the GFSN

“The Building Bridges initiative has certainly become much more visible within the ground and we learn through media of their community initiatives. I'm extremely proud that this year the campaign partnered with our organisation which aims to tackle homophobia. The support which the club has given to the formation of the LGBT supporters group is further evidence that Chelsea are keen to ensure that Stamford Bridge is a welcoming environment for its LGBT supporters.”