Clubs, players and fans across Aviva Premiership Rugby gave their full support for Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign this weekend.
All six matches were awash with the rainbow flag in a bid to promote LGBT inclusion within sport as players and referees donned the rainbow laces.
Aviva was also on hand to dish out 32,000 laces at all matches across the weekend in support of the campaign.
Stars and fans alike have been taking to the world of social media to highlight the Rainbow Laces initiative and show off their laces:
Wasps back row Alex Rieder showed his backing to the campaign as he praised the support given across Aviva Premiership Rugby
Great seeing so much support for the #rainbowlaces from not only the @WaspsRugby lads but throughout the @premrugby . Life and freedom is about accepting all walks of life and relishing how diverse sport and society is. #LGBT#equality
— Alex Rieder (@AlexRieder1) November 26, 2017
He wasn’t the only player giving their support as London Irish’s Scott Steele showed off his boots
.@ScottSteele247 will be wearing #RainbowLaces for today’s game in support of the @stonewalluk campaign 🌈@AvivaUK will be handing out #RainbowLaces at the ground today so you can join in too! pic.twitter.com/L3npj5bpRe
— London Irish (@LiRFC) November 26, 2017
And it wasn’t just players who were changing their laces up as TMO Keith Lewis tweeted a photo of his vibrant laces
— Keith Lewis (@KeithLewisComms) November 25, 2017
Aviva Pride certainly made an impact across all fixtures, including at Bath, where they helped hand out laces to fans throughout the day
Were @bathrugby handing out #RainbowLaces. This week of sport should be filled with positivity and we’re so #proud to be doing our bit for @stonewalluk with the help of all the sponsors and #TeamPride🌈#inclusioninsport#makesporteveronesgamepic.twitter.com/HpxfBCKjrX
— Aviva Pride (@AvivaPride) November 25, 2017
— Jo Cann (@jocannmba) November 25, 2017
Northumbria Police also showed their support at Kingston Park
— LGBT+ Police UK (@LGBTpoliceuk) November 24, 2017
London Irish and Wasps fans would have been welcomed by those handing out rainbow laces at the Madejski Stadium
— Radius Sports (@RadiusSports) November 26, 2017
Sale Sharks were praised for their backing with Jonathan Hirst snapping a set of laces given out before the match
— Jonathan Hirst (@jdhirst) November 25, 2017
And the Sharks also capped off supporting the campaign by inviting LGBT friendly side Chester Centurions to their match against the Northampton Saints
— Sale Sharks (@SaleSharksRugby) November 24, 2017