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Saints recognised at LGBTI Inclusion Awards

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 09:  St.Kilda Saints CEO Matt Finnis holds the Pride Game rainbow ball during an AFL media opportunity at Etihad Stadium on August 9, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. St.Kilda Saints will play Sydney Swans in the Pride Game on the weekend.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images/AFL Media)
We were really proud as a club to host the Pride Match last year and to take the conversation of LGBTI inclusion to all levels of our sport.
Matt Finnis

The St Kilda Football Club has today been presented with the Club Award at the 2017 LGBTI Inclusion Awards in Melbourne.

The Saints were recognised for their work in championing inclusion for the LGBTI Community.

Highlighted by hosting the first ever Pride Match in Round 21 against the Sydney Swans, the club has been a strong advocate for the LGTBI community and raising awareness of the barriers members of the LGTBI community face when it comes to sport.

The club has also been a key supporter of community initiatives that promote belonging and equality such as the Pride March and the Community Pride Cup, while also advocating for the importance of inclusion throughout the football industry.

CEO Matt Finnis said everyone at the Saints was enormously proud to have been recognised with the Club Award.

“The 2016 Pride Match was the culmination of years of behind the scenes collaboration between St Kilda FC representatives and champions of LGBTI inclusion,” Finnis said.

“The success of the event was born out of the learnings we had taken from involvement in the community Pride Cup, Pride March, community education programs and close relationships forged with the LGBTI community.

“We were really proud as a club to host the Pride Match last year and to take the  conversation of LGBTI inclusion to all levels of our sport.”

St Kilda will again be part of the Pride Match in 2017, with the Sydney Swans to host the Saints in Round 18 at the SCG.

The Saints remain committed to strengthening their relationships with the LGTBI Community, illustrated by the support of Stand Up Events’ Move in May fun run this Sunday, May 21, to support and celebrate IDAHOT Day.

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