PRemier LEague Academy Education
Kick It Out screen WONDERKID to Chelsea and Liverpool youth squads as part of their Premier League programme
WONDERKID Screening in Russia
We went to Moscow for a special screening of the film - click the link below to find out how we got on
WONDERKID Back On SKY
WONDERKID broadcast on Sky Sports 1 HD for a second time and made available On Demand
Clip 1: Football Match
Clip 2: Training
Clip 3: Love Scene
Clip 4: Wembley
*Warning: these clips contain strong language and flashing images
Behind The Scenes Documentary
WONDERKID first gained widespread attention during a Kickstarter campaign launched in 2014 with the help and support of Sir Ian McKellen. The campaign was a huge success and the project has since gone on to gain the support of other big name celebrities like Stephen Fry and Alan Carr as well as organisations including The Telegraph, adidas, Sky Sports, the FA, the Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford FC and Kick It Out. The film is part of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about a lack of openly gay professionals in the sport.
Homophobia in Football
DID YOU KNOW?*
72% of football fans say they have heard homophobic abuse while watching live sports in the past five years.
Nearly two thirds of people say more should be done to make LGBT people feel accepted in sport.
63% of young people say they wish more sports players were open about their sexual orientation.
Nearly 90% of supporters say they would be either 'proud' or 'neutral' if their favourite player came out as gay.
Food for thought
In 2018, Russia hosts the FIFA World Cup Finals. It is illegal in Russia to promote or engage in 'propaganda' relating to LGBT relationships.
In 2022, Qatar hosts the FIFA World Cup Finals. Qatar is one of 10 countries in the world where being gay is illegal and punishable by death.
*ICM survey, August 2016, commissioned by Stonewall
Support Our Friends
Below are some of our favourite charities. If you like the film and it's message, please check out the great work carried out by these three incredibly important organisations.
Kick It Out
Kick It Out's educational programmes and work with the footballing authorities have been hugely important in changing attitudes in the game. Kick It Out have played an integral role in making this film possible. They have made so much progress in the game with racism and now target all forms of discrimination. We have been working with Kick It out around homophobia and cannot recommend this charity enough.
Co-founded by our friend Ian McKellen, Stonewall has been one of the most important LGBT charities of all time. The Rainbow Laces initiative has been the most influential campaign we have seen to date in uniting everyone in the game and bringing the issue of homophobia in football to the masses. We can't wait to see this year's campaign. Check out the Stonewall website to learn about the other great work they do.
Football V Homophobia
The FvH month of action is a campaign we really admire and have enjoyed watching it grow in recent years. The campaign has done great things for LGBT inclusion, working with professional clubs, LGBT fan groups and grassroots football. This year's month of action was the best one yet. FvH played and integral role in making our Moscow screening possible. Check out the website to see how you can get involved.