Rangers shortlisted for Proud Scotland Award

Tue 21st July 2020

Everyone at the Rangers Charity Foundation and Football Club is delighted to have been nominated for a prestigious gong at the 2020 Proud Scotland Awards.

Rangers has been shortlisted in the Sports Person/Group category, which “recognises excellence in any sport, or outstanding leadership in the encouragement of sport inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community”.

Back for its second year, The Proud Scotland Awards are designed to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community by recognising the outstanding work and commitment of individuals and organisations within and supportive of our community in Scotland. They honour and encourage all, north to south, who stand up for diversity and equality.

The announcement comes just as Rangers Football Club is due to celebrate its one year anniversary of Everyone Anyone – a message of tolerance, respect and understanding for all.

Under the Everyone Anyone umbrella, we are at the Rangers Charity Foundation are proud to deliver a range of community programmes, focusing on diversity and inclusion.

One of our key initiatives is Diversity Wins, a programme for primary school children which aims to promote equality between young people via interactive anti-sectarianism and LGBT+ awareness sessions. Launched with the support of Glasgow City Council’s Employment and Skills Partnership team, Diversity Wins was one of the first of its kind in the UK.

The Foundation proudly joined forces with the TIE Campaign (Time for Education) in 2019 to expand its Diversity Wins delivery. 

Chair of Ibrox Pride, Carole Anderson, said: “Ibrox Pride, the official LGBT+ Fans Group of Rangers FC, is very pleased to see the Club and Charity Foundation nominated for the work they do on promoting inclusion for LGBTQ+ people. Their range of community initiatives, including their partnership with the TIE campaign, are designed to deliver long-term change, and challenge negative attitudes. We recognise that changing attitudes in society doesn’t happen overnight, but we are committed to working with Rangers to continue to support inclusion in sport”

Rangers Charity Foundation Director, Connal Cochrane, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Proud Scotland Awards and would like to congratulate all individuals and groups on their nominations.

“Diversity and inclusion is a key pillar of our work and we are committed to utilising the power of the Rangers badge to help break down barriers and promote anti-bullying messages.

“We look forward to continuing this important work and collaborating with the club and external groups to help ensure that both the Foundation and Rangers continue to be welcome to all.”

The winners will be decided by a panel of judges and announced at a special ceremony in Edinburgh on Saturday 3rd October 2020.