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Oct 9, 2017

History made

Streatham IHC became the first UK team to use Pride Tape in a competitive league fixture during their game against Milton Keynes Thunder last weekend. The use of the tape showed support for the LGBTQ community and associated organisations.

The club had to seek special permission to use the tape in a game as the colours ordinarily violate the rule book, hence this was a UK first.

 The build up to the game was used to show support for players, coaches and fans in the LGBTQ community, whilst also educating all groups about use of casual homophobia and transphobia in and around hockey. Streatham Head Coach Jeremy Cornish explained why the club got involved.

 “We had feedback from some of our supporters that we could help support the LGBTQ community. We have a diverse crowd of fans and we want everyone to feel welcome when they come to watch or play hockey.’

 “One of our sponsors Stefanie Reines, who is in the music industry helped us get hold of the Pride Tape from North America as it’s not available here in the UK. The guys all bought into it and used the tape on their sticks until it ripped as all tape tends to do during a game.”

 National Ice Hockey League Manager Richard Carpenter said:

 “I was delighted to be able to approve the use of Pride Tape for Streatham IHC’s fixture against Milton Keynes Thunder. It’s superb to see NIHL sides and Streatham in particular taking a pro-active approach in showing support to the LGBTQ community and showing first hand that ice hockey is for everyone.”

Buying Pride Tape helps support LGBTQ youth outreach initiatives, such as You Can Play and the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services based over in the US, however a number of UK retailers are currently looking at ways to stock it ​and promote UK based outreach programmes.

For full pictures of the game click HERE

More information about Pride Tape can be found here: