Pride House sports programme to include football, run, and bowling night

PRESS RELEASE
Contact:
Megan Worthing-Davies, Project Manager, EGLSF/Pride House
megan@eglsf.info
+44 (0)7814 036789

Leviathen Hendricks, President, Phoenix FC
phoenixfc1@gmail.com

London, 27 July 2012

Pride House 2012 announces sports programme
Football tournament, 5K run, and bowling already slated, with more on the way

Pride House 2012 is a place, CA House at Limehouse Basin, a project of Pride Sports UK, in
collaboration with the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation, the Federation of Gay
Games, the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA), Phoenix FC and the
LGBT Consortium. Pride House is also a festival running from 3-12 August 2012, with a range of special offerings, including several sports events.

Among the first announced was the Pride House Football Tournament, hosted by London’s
Phoenix FC with the support of the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association and
the sponsorship of GLISA and Barefoot Wines. The 7-a-side tournament already has many teams registered, and will take place at Mile End Stadium, just up Regents Canal from CA House, on Sunday 5 August.

Leviathen Hendricks, president and founder of London’s Phoenix FC, explains the
involvement of his club: “When I learned that a Pride House would be open, I knew
that Phoenix FC should be a part of it. We’re a club that’s focused on the growing LGBT
population in East London, the home of the 2012 Olympics. Thanks to our sponsors, we’re
able to offer a great 7-a-side event, and we look forward to plenty of visitors ready to join in
the fun, which will continue in the evening with a party back at CA House.”

Later in the week, on Thursday 9 August, a 5K run is being organized by PACE, London
Friend, and the Big Gay 10K. This “Pride House Docklands Dash” will start at 7pm at
Limehouse Basin Marina (near CA House), and take runners out to Westferry, then back
along Narrow Street to Limehouse, taking in the sights of London old and new along the way. Organiser Francis Burrows explained the choice of route: “The location of Pride House lends itself to some great runs. The terrain is flat, so it’s great for runners of all abilities. And we’ll be running near the Thames, the lifeblood of London, so we think it will be an enjoyable experience for Londoners, as well as the visiting friends we hope will join us.”

Registration for the Docklands Dash 5K Run is at pridehouse5k-eorg.eventbrite.com

Participating in the Docklands Dash will be activist Clare Dimyon MBE, who has spent recent months engaging with LGBT people in Ukraine. While there, she has collected messages from those she met on rainbow-coloured paper, which she plans to transform into her own torch to shed light on the repression of LGBT people in Ukraine, host with Poland of this summer’s UEFA Euro Football Cup. Prior to the finale at the Pride House Docklands Dash, with the help of London Frontrunners, Ms Dimyon will have taken her torch to the London embassies of the Eastern European she is currently engaged with.

A third event announced is a bowling night at London Palace Superbowl in Elephant & Castle on Friday 10 August, for which registration is open at pridehousebowling.eventbrite.co.uk .
Everyone is welcome to have a fun evening bowling. London sports groups are particularly
welcome, and are encouraged to show up in their team kit.

Other events still being finalised are an event for Wednesday 8 August, as well as a games day and picnic on Saturday 11 August. Check pridehouse2012.org for updates.

Find details and registration information on the “Sports programme” page at
pridehouse2012.org

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