RUGBY club Sheffield Eagles is backing a campaign to rid the city’s schools of homophobia.
Sheffield Council is urging all schools to sign up to its new anti-homophobic bullying charter and, this Sunday, the rugby players will show their support by wearing “Homophobia – Tackle It” campaign kit during a match against Widnes Vikings.
Adam Hughes, community manager at Sheffield Eagles, said: “Bullying should never be tolerated under any circumstances and that is why we are supporting Sheffield Council’s very worthy campaign.
“If we can help change people’s minds that homophobic bullying is wrong by wearing these shirts then that would be great.”
Research by national campaign group Stonewall has shown that nearly two thirds of lesbian, gay and bisexual students in secondary schools have experienced homophobic bullying.
Statistically, bullied pupils do worse in their GCSEs and are more likely not to continue with education after the age of 16.
Coun Colin Ross said: “Bullying of any nature is not acceptable at all. That is why I am delighted to welcome this new charter here in Sheffield.”