Network of support for fans
Sheffield United's LGBT+ supporters group helping to keep fans connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rainbow Blades played a crucial role in ensuring fans kept connected to events at Bramall Lane - and beyond - during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rainbow Blades is the first official LGBT+ supporters group at Sheffield United and held pre-match online social events so fans could still feel involved with the Blades' season.
They also connected with LGBT+ football supporters groups from other Premier League clubs, including West Ham United's Pride of Irons, helping to improve and increase a sense of inclusivity and community with fans across the country.
"The socials remain a real highlight for Rainbow Blades and one of our big success stories from our first year," said the group's founder James Laley.
"They give us an opportunity to talk about our journeys and share what has and has not worked. Some groups have been going for five years and some, like ourselves, are just coming up to their first birthday.
"There are over 50 LGBT+ and allies supporters groups up and down the country and every one stands for the same thing: football for everyone. So why shouldn’t we be working together? It makes complete sense."