11 April 2016

Kiss Bigotry Goodbye seeks to take Nil by Mouth’s message directly to football fans’

Football fans in Galashiels took the opportunity to pit their wits against each other in a quiz night devoted to the beautiful game.

On Saturday 9th April Nil by Mouth  teamed up with Lowland League side Gala Fairydean Rovers as part of a national tour that sees the charity visit clubs and supporters groups to help highlight the positive impact football has on communities across the country. The Kiss Bigotry Goodbye’ campaign, which has already seen hundreds of fans post pictures online, has featured football quizzes and readings from acclaimed author Daniel Gray and ‘selfie-stalls’ encouraging fans to post images of what makes them love the game. The charity hope the tour will provide fans the chance to learn more about work being done to tackle bigotry on and off the terraces.

The event proved to be a huge success, both on and off the park with more than 40 fans, players and officials cramming into the clubroom in the team’s listed main stand for the quiz following GFR’s 5-0 defeat of Threave Rovers.

The tour continues later this week when it visits Palmerston, home of Queen of the South on Wednesday 13th April.

Nil by Mouth Campaign Director Dave Scott said:
“I live in the Borders and have taken Gala Fairydean Rovers to my heart, even becoming a season ticket holder and club patron. There is a smashing group of volunteers involved behind the scenes and they really do want to place the club at the very heart of the community. It was also a good chance for us to talk to fans about our work and to raise awareness of the grassroots work being carried out across Scotland to rid the game of bigotry. It was great to see teams from the Borders ‘Walking Football League’ join us on the evening and fans of all ages taking part.  We are delighted to have been named one of the Club’s Community Partners and look forward to working with GFR in the years ahead.’