Bees and Sky Sports backing campaign to raise awareness about the lack of openly gay professionals in the sport
Brentford Football Club and Sky Sports have joined forces to host an exclusive film screening this Tuesday. Players, staff and specially invited guests will be shown Wonderkid, a film by Rhys Chapman which tackles one of football's biggest issues - homophobia. The film – funded through Kickstarter, starring Chris Mason and featuring Martin Tyler, Alan Smith and Geoff Shreeves – depicts the inner turmoil of a gay professional footballer. The film will be shown at SKY HQ on Tuesday 28 February and, as well as a specially invited audience, Brentford fans can be there.
The screening will be followed by a panel question and answer session featuring Mark Devlin, Brentford FC Chief Executive, and representatives from Sky Sports along with Rhys Chapman. Attendees will be able to watch the feature and take part in the question and answer session as well as meet others during a pre-event reception where free refreshments will be served. This is a ticket-only event but tickets are free and Brentford fans are encouraged to be part of the evening. To reserve a ticket, visit here.
Wonderkid was launched at the Raindance Film Festival last year and is part of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about the lack of openly gay professionals in the sport. Brentford FC is backing this campaign and is keen to see an end to discrimination, making football a place for everyone. The Club has also received the support of BIAS, LGBeeT – the Club’s LGBT+ fans group, and Kick It Out in putting on the event.