February

Badminton looks forward to a colourful weekend in Perth

Badminton Scotland are teaming up with Scottish Hockey this weekend in a joint effort to promote the Rainbow Laces campaign.

The Yonex Scottish National Championships, starting on Friday at Bell's Sports Centre in Perth, will see a box of the laces available at match control – and anyone is invited to take a pair and lace up for a vital cause.

Players who opt not to swap their laces on the day can take them away for use on another pair of shoes – and all are encouraged to share their pictures of the laces on their own and their club’s social media channels, using the hashtag #rainbowlaces.

As well as players, parents, spectators, volunteers and technical officials are also invited to take a pair and lace up in similar fashion.

Badminton Scotland already has the intermediate level of the equality standard and is aiming to achieve advanced level status in its bid to spread the word that badminton is accessible for all.

Badminton Scotland Chief Executive Anne Smillie said: “We are delighted to be working with Stonewall to support the Rainbow Laces Campaign at our Yonex Scottish National Championships this weekend.

“Players, officials, volunteers and spectators will all be given the opportunity to wear their own pair of Rainbow laces with pride and it provides a fantastic opportunity for us to demonstrate that badminton is an inclusive sport for everyone!”

Set up by LGBT rights charity Stonewall, Rainbow Laces is centred on promoting inclusivity and raising awareness and support for the LGBT community in all levels of sport and beyond.

The Grand Finals of the Indoor Hockey League are simultaneously taking place at Bell’s Sports Centre, with the hockey also staging a similar awareness drive throughout the competition - ensuring the venue will be displaying a rich feast of support over both sports.

Badminton Scotland is determined to help fight the negative experience and attitude experienced by some LGBT people in sport, ensuring anyone who wants to take part in badminton, either as players or fans, can do so.

For more information on the Rainbow Laces campaign, visit www.stonewall.org.uk