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WONDERKID is a short film by Rhys Chapman, which tackles one of football's biggest issues - homophobia. Starring Chris Mason and featuring Sky Sports' Martin Tyler, Alan Smith and Geoff Shreeves, the film depicts the inner turmoil of a gay professional footballer. WONDERKID launched at the Raindance Film Festival, debuted on television with Sky Sports 1 and is now being used by Kick It Out as an educational tool for Premier League clubs. WONDERKID is available to view online for FREE. Click the link below to watch.

 
 
 

SUPPORTERS

Phyllis Davis
Anthony Sato
Janet Jenkins
Mark Alexander
Elizabeth Clark
Christina Liu
Janet Dominga
Janet Amirpour
Katherine Dominga
Rose Nowak
Gloria Sharma
Gary Martinez

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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

Featured Clips

Clip 1: Football Match

Clip 2: Training

Clip 3: Love Scene

Clip 4: Wembley

*Warning: these clips contain strong language and flashing images

 

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

 

WONDERKID Soundtrack Ep

Soundtrack by Brain Rays and SIREN Music is now available on iTunes.

1.THEME I
2.THEME II
3.AWAKENING
4.THEME II (SLHHMYR REMIX)
& THEME I (BRAIN RAYS KUIPER BELT REMIX)

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.

 
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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.

 
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Stonewall

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.

 
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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.