That’s the guiding principle. If we’ve done enough to convince you, then join the club, we’d love to have you here.
Here’s a short letter by one of our members about what diversity means to him:
Dear Beeston Hockey Club members, parents and followers,
My name is Matt Stoner – I started playing for Beeston at the start of the 2017/18 season. I was approached by the committee to write a few words in celebration of pride and diversity. As a gay man, I have had many different experiences of the crossovers between sexuality and sport and the impact that they can have on someone’s mental state.
I’m proud to say that Beeston is an environment that is accepting of everyone. I might not have been open and honest with everyone about my sexuality at first – stepping in as a new member for anyone requires a period of adjustment – but not once did I feel that I couldn’t express the person that I am.
“Sport has the power to unite people in a way that little else does”
– Nelson Mandela
This quote couldn’t be more applicable to hockey. The club is full of weird and wonderful people, and none of that matters. We’re all united by the sport, and the social aspect of the club.
Beeston Hockey Club truly is a family, the passion for the club runs deep throughout all of its members.
We should all continue to push for full acceptance – it’s something that everyone has to take responsibility for through their actions and words. Some clubs don’t take as strong a stance with these issues, and some poor choice words between players may go unnoticed. Ensuring that your team stands together is essential in making everyone feel comfortable. Standing up and speaking out gives people who don’t feel able to speak out a voice, stand with your teammates and protect their freedom of expression. Small actions such as wearing rainbow laces throughout the season, which I know Beeston has championed before, sends an excellent message to other clubs that this is the right step forward.
Beeston, with its large European social media following, has the capability to really drive a movement of full acceptance forward, in the hope that many different organisations, who look up to Beeston as a world class standard club will follow suit.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter, I hope it has been informative and uplifting of the great work that the hockey club has already done and given you ideas of how to maintain this effort for equality.