Back in 2006, an informal kick around on Gresham playing fields was the start of a new gay-friendly football club called Nottingham Ball Bois.
Over the past 9 years the club has grown in size and reputation and has proudly offered football for all – regardless of age, sexual orientation, race or gender. Football for all is a term engraved in the clubs constitution, and is at the heart of everything we do as a team.
Since the club’s first competitive GFSN fixture in 2007, we have won the GFSN league championship (08/09) and the GFSN National Cup (2010), plus countless trophies at the many national 5-a-side competitions. The Ball Bois even represented Nottingham at international competitions in Rotterdam and then Antwerp.
However, in these changing times, the members decided that the club’s name did not reflect the membership or constant campaigning the club does to raise awareness of homophobia in sport. A new name was overwhelmingly voted in by the membership in 2014 – and the club was reborn as Nottingham Lions FC.
The club will continue to compete competitively in the GFSN and MUL leagues, and will still be based at Gresham Pavilion’s 3G pitch for weekly training.
Most importantly, The Lions will continue to provide a community-based football club devoted to its members, providing football for all.