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🏳️‍🌈 Rainbow Laces: A Conversation with Harry Kite and Manfy Sharpe

21 October 2022

Exeter City Women's captain Manfy Sharpe and men's midfielder Harry Kite have sat down with Media Officer Craig Bratt as part of this year's Stonewall Rainbow Laces campaign.

The pair joined Craig to have an open and frank discussion about allyship in support of the LGBTQ+ community in football, with Manfy touching on her recent experiences of visiting Qatar - the country which is hosting this year's controversial World Cup.

The spotlight began with a focus on three recent male players who have come out - Josh Cavallo, Jake Daniels and Zander Murray, with Harry Kite explaining his belief that dressing rooms are a comfortable environment for gay players.

"It takes a lot of confidence in yourself to reveal that about you to your fans, teammates and the club in general. It's important that everyone can be yourself and players can always perform better when they are confident and happy.

"I think it's important that you have an open changing room. We've got a really inclusive dressing room here and we all understand how important it is to be honest with each other. On a personal note I am always there to speak to if anyone needed any advice, so I'll always be that shoulder if they need it."

Manfy added: "As players and role models we have to show we are behind everyone, and that we are there to show that all forms of discrimination are not ok.

Watch the full video below 👇

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