THE fourth annual Pride Cup has been announced for Sunday May 7 2017 at Yarra Glen Recreation Reserve.

The 2017 Pride Cup will see champions Yarra Glen take on the Yea Tigers in a match that showcases the football and netball league’s support for diversity and inclusion in sport.

The match will be played at the Yarra Glen Recreation Reserve and will include a range of football and netball games as part of the AFL Yarra Ranges league.

The football ground will feature rainbow colours at the 50m line in a show of support for LGBTI inclusion that has been embraced by the teams, the local community and the AFL.

Pride Cup celebrates LGBTI diversity and inclusion in sport. Now in its fourth year, Pride Cup was the inspiration behind the AFL Pride Match in 2016 between the St Kilda Football Club and the Sydney Swans to start a national Pride Cup.

Teams participating in the Pride Cup receive diversity and inclusion training by Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria with support from Yarra Ranges Council, AFL and Netball Victoria.

Pride Cup organiser Jason Ball says the Pride Cup continues to have an impact at the grassroots and national levels.

“The Pride Cup is continuing to grow and have a positive influence on Australian Rules football. We are heartened to see both the AFL at a national level but also other leagues around Victoria showing their interest in promoting and supporting diversity in the sport,” said Ball.

“The Pride Cup is not just a show of support for the LGBTI community, it is about educating our clubs, our coaches and our players about the diversity and sporting talent that exists in our community. It is about making sure that our local footy and netball clubs are open for all.”

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