The European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) is targeting young sports fans in the 11 to 16 age range, with a new game-based educational app to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport called ‘UpFront”. The app designed with an emphasis on fun and skills and has been developed for mobile devices by the EGLSF.
Andrej Pisl, EGLSF development officer explains: ‘Education has a huge part to play in tackling discrimination, hate speech and violence in sport. We wanted to create an education tool that young people want to play first and foremost, that helps them understand that football should be for everyone.’
The EGLSF’s development of the UpFront app is one of the outcomes of the Pride In Sport project that has been funded by the European Union.
Pride In Sport is a collective project which incorporated a number of activities across Europe with the aim to tackle prejudice and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in sport.