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Just a Ball Game? Patrons

Just a Ball Game? is pleased to engage with its patrons who are all keen promoters of anti homophobia and gender identity in sport.

Each of our patrons represent figure heads for JBG? helping to raise awareness around LGBT issues on a world wise basis.

Nicola Hobbs

Nicola Hobbs

Nicola Hobbs plays goalkeeper for Doncaster Rovers Belles and is also a full time firefighter. Born In Portsmouth, Nicola has played for a number of clubs and returned to the 'Belles' 3 seasons ago helping them to promotion to WSL1 in 2015 as an ever present.

On becoming a patron for JBG? Nicola says "It's a massive privilege to be a patron to JBG? it is a very important cause and support mechanism that could change people's lives. It's an honour to have been asked."

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Emily Ramsey

Emily Ramsey

At 15 years old Emily Ramsey plays Goalkeeper for Manchester United u17 Centre of Excellence team and is also a current England u16 squad member after making her debut against Germany in November 2015 at St. George’s Park.

Playing the game is not the only talent the young Lioness has, Emily also qualified in 2015 as a referee.

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Frances O'Grady

Frances O'Grady

Frances an Arsenal fan who is also a North London resident has been an active trade unionist and campaigner all her working life. In January 2013, Frances became the General Secretary of the TUC, the first woman ever to hold this post.

Frances is a strong believer in protecting the public service ethos,opposes privatisation and leads the TUC campaign to save the NHS

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Gossip

Gossip

A blend of soul, gospel, rock, funk, disco, punk, passion and rebellion.

Gossip is comprised of vocalist Beth Ditto, guitarist Nathan Howdeshell, and drummer Hannah Blilie. Originally formed in Olympia, Washington in 1999, Gossip first garnered attention in the UK with the release of their 2006 breakthrough album Standing In the Way of Control, and they have been in the spotlight ever since.

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Clarke Carlisle

Clarke Carlisle

Clarke James Carlisle (born 14 October 1979) is an English footballer who plays for York City as a defender.

Born in Preston, he began playing football at a young age, taking inspiration from his father who played semi-professionally.

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Anton Hysen

Anton Hysen

ANTON HYSEN joins JUST A BALL GAME? as Patron and Role Model.

Today we at Just A Ball Game? are very excited to announce that Liverpool born and current Swedish 3rd division player Anton Hysen has agreed to team up with our campaign and activist organisation as a Patron and Role Model.

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Liam Davis

Liam Davis

Liam Davis plays for Gainsborough Trinity FC in the Conference North.

He is the highest current semi-professional player in the UK to be 'out and proud.' Liam is also happy to be one of our JUST A BALL GAME? patrons.

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Reece Robertson

Reece Robertson

My name is Reece Robertson I am 18 years old, a student working in a brewery pub and I play Rugby League. I am also a proud gay man! Since the age of seven I have played amateur Rugby League in Keighley. Starting with the Keighley Cougar Cubs then on to Keighley Albion.

I play what’s known as a tough man’s sport but always, along with my supporting teammates,I challenge any homophobic remarks (thankfully very rare) I may hear. I play for a club aiming to create top Rugby League talent – regardless of sexuality.

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Andie Worrall

Andie Worrall

"Andie will take on an ambassador role for our campaign work after making this brave decision as she enters the final few years of her footballing exploits and we are extremely proud to have her on board." Says JBG? founder - Lindsay England.

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Sophie Cook

Sophie Cook

Photographer for The Libertines & AFC Bournemouth, motivational speaker, writer & trans activist.

Ex-RAF, motorbike racer, newspaper editor, Premier League football and rock photographer, self harm and suicide survivor and transgender. Despite all of this I lived my life in fear, of loss, of failure, of success, of being sad, of being happy, of myself, of being outed, of being loved.

Because of these fears, no matter how hard I pushed myself to succeed subconsciously I would self sabotage and stop myself from reaching my full potential.

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Karen Hultzer

Karen Hultzer

Our PATRON addition, KAREN HULTZER

World Outgames 2013 Gold Medal Winning and 6 times (in a row) National South African title winner,Champion Archer, and our patron Karen Hultzer.

She competed in the individual event at the 2012 Summer Olympics.During that event event, she came out. She stated: 'I am an archer, middle aged and a lesbian. I am also cranky before my first cup of coffee.'

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Claire Harvey

Claire Harvey

Claire Harvey is captain of GB Paralympic Sitting Volleyball Team.

Claire became paralysed in one leg after an accident in 2008, following this is when she then discovered Paralympic sports. A Cambridge graduate, out lesbian Claire has earned over 40 caps for Great Britain.

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Angela Eagle MP

Angela Eagle MP

Angela has been an active member of the Labour Party since she first joined aged 17 in 1978 and has since held various positions in the party. She was elected to the Party’s National Women’s Conference in 1989 and chaired the National Conference of Labour Women in 1991

She gained the distinction of becoming the British Parliament's first openly lesbian member by coming out in September 1997 in an interview with The Observer.

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Maria Exall

Maria Exall

Maria Exall, Chair of the Trade Union Congress LGBT Committee and serves on the TUC General Council

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Kieran Brady

Kieran Brady

Kieran runs the Celebrate Identity Challenge Intolerance Equality and Diversity training group. Its aims are to educate around the areas of racism, religious intolerance and other forms of discrimination.

He has also become the first footballer to become a Patron of Gay Pride, joining Peter Tatchell as Patron of Sunderland Gay Pride.

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Edward Lord OBE

Edward Lord OBE

Edward Lord is a sports administrator, politician, non-executive director, and equality campaigner.

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Iain Scott

Iain Scott

Founder of LGBT orientatied website Canal-st.co.uk. Canal-st is a portal providing LGBT lifestyle information for Manchester and the wider NW region.

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