Total & comprehensive LGBT+ equality, diversity & inclusion at Sheffield United Football Club.
To bring the LGBT+ communities and Allies of Sheffield United Football Club together to celebrate the diversity of the club, highlight inclusion and increase LGBT+ visibility. Ensuring a safe and inclusive environment for all Blades at a progressive football club.
Sheffield United's official & affiliated LGBT+ & Allies supporters' group.
Welcome to Rainbow Blades an inclusive supporter group for an inclusive football club.
Sheffield United has a long and rich history, the club and its fans have suffered highs and lows throughout our 131 years but now is never a better time to be a Blade. After languishing in league one for 6 long seasons we have now risen back to where we belong, the Premier League.
So why do supporter groups exist and what is their purpose? Historically they are there to act as a voice from the stands to the board room and to a certain extent this hasn’t changed. But over recent years supporter groups have evolved. They are now over 50 LGBT+ and Allies supporter groups across the UK up and down the football pyramid. They all serve similar purposes.
Building and promoting a club commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
Bringing LGBT+ fans & Allies together on match days, creating a safe environment and attracting new fans.
Being a voice and establishing dialogue with the club to focus on match day experience, stewarding, incident reporting, to name a few.
Promoting visibility of the club’s LGBT+ fan base and commitment to LGBT+ equality
This is not an exhaustive list but ultimately the core purpose is the same. An equal, diverse and inclusive football club.
Rainbow Blades aims to be a friendly, welcoming and inclusive Sheffield United Fan Group for all LGBT+ communities and Allies. We want to help make Bramall Lane and Football in general inclusive spaces where everyone feels safe to be themselves.
To bring the LGBT+ communities and Allies of Sheffield United together to celebrate the diversity of the club, highlight inclusivity and increase LGBT+ visibility. Sheffield United is a progressive football club so let’s be a beacon for that.
Rainbow Blades Charity of the Year is SAYiT.
Rainbow Blades are an affiliated member of the Football Supporters' Association.