We caught up with Village Manchester FC Photographer, Gordon Marino.
This month is LGBT+ History month, which was founded in 2004 by Schools Out and aims to help raise awareness of, and combat prejudice against, LGBT people and history.
Each year Schools OUT sets a different theme with this years #BehindTheLens campaign celebrating LGBT+ peoples’ contribution to cinema and film from behind the lens.
Recently, we caught up with Village Manchester FC photographer Gordon Marino to hear about his experience in football and how as a game we can become more inclusive.
‘I never miss a chance to catch up with Gordon when I see him at a game. He's a lovely guy whose dedication to the club has been amazing since he first got in touch with us a few years back. Come rain or shine he'll be there with his camera, and his wealth of experience in his craft never fails to result in fantastic images. His understanding of the LGBTQ+ aspect of the Village Manchester FC adds a further depth to his photography that shows the club at its very best, whether it's the performances on the pitch or the work we do off it to raise awareness of relevant issues. It takes a real talent to make art out of eleven sweaty people running around in the rain, and I strongly recommend casting an eye over his wider portfolio to see what he can do when he's not limited to the scope of a football pitch!’ James Cole, Chair at Village Manchester FC
You can view Gordon’s fantastic work using the following links.
All sexualities. All identities. All abilities. Village FC is the club for all.
They don’t care who you love, as long as you love football. Since 1996, the not-for-profit club has been run by volunteers for the benefit of its members. A determined group of friends who created this team to enable like minded individuals to play a sport are passionate about creating an opportunity for anyone to play. Motivation was, in part, to prove a point against a common view that a gay team could not compete in a predominantly straight league but more importantly – win, lose or draw – the club was a focal point for all involved to keep fit and socialise together.
Being a part of this club does not restrict to just being a player. The chance to be involved stretches much further with non-players supporting the club in roles such as, first aid, photography, web design, writing match reports and of course just turning up on a Sunday to watch from the side.
Better yet… it’s free to attend matches - so get down to a game. They play every Saturday afternoon; home games are at the Trinity Sports Centre and away games are across Greater Manchester. Matches are usually at 2pm. They are the current Manchester FA Pride Cup champions 2022 and additionally the club takes part in Manchester FA's Saturday and Sunday Amateur Cups. The club has a wealth of successes, including their recent journey to progressing through to the final of our Saturday Amateur County Cup.
Village are the first LGBTQ+ team ever to reach a County Cup final and would love to have your support at the game. Kick off is at 19:45 on Friday 17th March at Hyde United. With inclusion at the heart of the club, we are proud to showcase the success this team has achieved.