As part of Dublin Pride 2018 Ireland’s only gay football team, Dublin Devils played a pecial community game against Shelbourne FC at Tolka Park on Saturday.
“We’re not just a football club, we’re a social club aswell” says John McAree, chairman of Dublin Devils, John McAtee. “The club is more than just about football and being gay. It’s a great resource to have, welcoming new people, and we have a number of straight players also. We’re a friendly bunch”. The team has weekly training sessions and welcome all level of skill and fitness.
Addressing the issue of there being still no openly gay top-level footballers, McAree hopes that this is something that will change. “To have a player in The Premier League, or in one of the top leagues around Europe would be fantastic. It would make a huge statement that football is for everybody”.
Rubbishing the belief that “gay people are not interested in sport” is one of the reasons Ireland’s only gay football team, Dublin Devils, is going from strength.
The club started life in 2005 and now has over 50 active members. For more information on the club see click here.
The Dublin Devils will be taking part in this weekend’s Dublin Pride Parade.
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