The AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League round 15 fixture on Sunday 30 July will be dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in a celebration of diversity and a bid to tackle homophobia in sport.
The idea to host a game in Gippsland was raised by AGL Loy Yang General Manager Steve Rieniets late last year and endorsed by Pride Cup founder Jason Ball, who's long campaigned on the issue of homophobia in Australian sport.
As Steve explained: "We approached AFL Gippsland and the North Gippsland Football Netball League about the concept of a local pride cup, as we know how important it is for leadership in all areas, including business and sport, to openly and proudly promote inclusion and diversity."
The senior football and A grade netball sides will wear specially-designed football jumpers and netball dresses, with lower grade teams sharing in the day with rainbow bibs, socks and armbands.
Both clubs will also participate in education sessions in the lead up to the game, which has been moved to a Sunday to enable the league’s other eight clubs to be involved.
In addition to AGL Loy Yang, Latrobe Regional Hospital and the Gippsland Mental Health Alliance - through the generous support of Gippsland Primary Health Network and the Federal Department of Health - have joined as major partners of the project.
AGL is proud to support the Gippsland Pride Cup as it reflects the diversity and inclusion values that are encouraged in our workplace.
To learn more about diversity and inclusion at AGL, visit our Sustainability Report.