The birth of the Exeter Lions, now Devon Lions…
The Exeter Lions was originally formed in February 2009 when half a dozen-or-so hardy souls met up for a kick-about at Exeter University Sports Centre. Exeter Lions has now evolved into Devon Lions to encapsulate the growing number of members that come from the surrounding areas of Devon and we’ve not looked back since!
Why start an LGBT-friendly club?
Homophobia is still prevalent in male dominated team sports like football and it can be quite intimidating for lgbt people. The reason for starting the club was to provide gay men and women in throughout Devon with an opportunity to play football in a non-judgmental and friendly environment. At the same time, we’re keen to use the football club as a springboard to challenge homophobic attitudes. Linking in with the Justin Campaign, we’re planning on going into schools and colleges to hold workshops and discussion groups which might help to breakdown the stigma and preconceptions associated with homosexuality in sport.
Do I need to be a talented footballer in order to join?
Absolutely not! We welcome players of all abilities and our training sessions cater for those who have never kicked a ball in their life before to those who are more experienced players.
Is there a social side of the club?
Yes, the social aspect of the club is equally important (and for some of our members probably more important) as the football. Our Wednesday training sessions are swiftly followed by a trip to the pub for a drink and a chat and we try to arrange a social event once a month which can vary from a night out on the town, to a trip to the beach!
Where and when do you play?
We regularly train every Wednesday evening in Exeter at St Peter’s Church School, Quarry Lane, Exeter EX2 5AP.
What are the costs involved?
In order to encourage new players to come along and meet us, the first training session is FREE!
Training costs £3 for members and £4 for non-members
Match subs are dependent on the fixture but are usually between £4 and £5.