COPA90 sponsors London Titans LGBT football tournament

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by Mark Johnson

Global football platform COPA90 has donated profits from its best-selling Pride t-shirts to fund its sponsorship of the London Titans 14th Birthday Tournament.

The event kicks off this Saturday (12 October) on Wandsworth Common.  

This forms part of a wider commitment to support London Titans, via storytelling as well as sponsorship and it follows a COPA90 Creator Commission film (below) produced earlier this year by John Reavey, a London Titans player, which won an award for Best Documentary at the 2019 Barnes Film Festival. 

LGBT and football

The film explores what it means to be gay and play football today and how a club like London Titans can bring people together and change lives.

London Titans Birthday Tournament, now sponsored by COPA90, is one of the biggest LGBT football tournaments in London and will play host to seven teams from across the UK.

London Titans is one of the biggest and friendliest LGBT+ clubs in the country and was formed in 2005 with the belief that there should be no barriers to playing sport. The club provides a safe environment for anyone to come and play football - regardless of sexuality, age, race, religion or ability.

London Titans play across the Middlesex County Football League and LGBT+ leagues in London and nationwide, as well as entering tournaments all over the world, including the USA, Germany, Mexico, Finland and Argentina. 

London club nights

As well as regular 11-a-side football, London Titans offer five-a-side games and social events - not just the odd pint or two after training sessions and matches either, they host a monthly club night at The Two Brewers in Clapham, which has raised tens of thousands of pounds for various charities.

"We’ve always sought to tell amazing football stories, from transgender teams in Mexico to exploring the lack of openly gay footballers”, COPA90’s VP of Marketing Scott Fenton said. 

“So we're delighted to continue our support of London Titans and the great work they are doing in the LGBT+ community. 

“Being able to support such a fantastic initiative and showcase the work going on at grassroots level across the UK makes the Titans the perfect partner for COPA90. 

“We can't wait for the tournament to kick off this Saturday."

Knock-out tournament

The tournament kicks off at 10am and while most tournaments of this nature are five or six-a-side, London Titans Birthday Tournament is 11-a-side. 

Short, intense group fixtures in the morning are followed by knock-out matches in the afternoon. The winners will be announced with a trophy presentation at 4pm.

The teams taking part are London Titans COPA90, London Titans Two Brewers, Titan Hybrid, Trowbridge Tigers, London Romans, Barnes Stormers and Soho Football Club.

London legacy

The first London Titans Birthday Tournament took place in 2006 and has grown steadily over the years, helped by the dramatic increase in LGBT+ clubs in London and across the UK, to become a popular event on the LGBT+ footballing calendar, providing LBGT+ players the chance to play competitive football in a friendly atmosphere.

The Pride t-shirts, originally launched to celebrate Pride month in June are still available to buy via the COPA90 online store and future profits will continue to go to London Titans to support the development and growth of the team, the company said. 

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