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Gay - Bi - Straight - Trans
Give us a go!
Village Manchester FC is a gay and inclusive club that welcomes anyone who loves football. We have gay, bi, trans and straight players - all are welcome! In 2021 we mark our 25th anniversary, making us one of the oldest inclusive football clubs in the world.
Our First and Second Teams play in a local league on Saturday afternoons and the Third and Fourth Teams play in a local league on Sunday mornings. Our new Fifth Team plays friendlies, both external and intra-club. We play against gay and straight teams, take part in national tournaments and organise an overseas trip each year.
We’d like to welcome you to our community – whatever your sexuality – and we're sure that you’ll enjoy your time playing football, socialising and making new friends at the club. We know you’ll find VMFC to be a well-run, friendly set-up and hope that you decide to join us regularly and become a part of our footballing family.
Village Manchester Football Club was formed in February 1996 to give gay and bi guys the chance to play and support the sport they love in a safe, welcoming environment. Since then we’ve grown massively, and now have four teams giving players of all abilities the chance to play football. These days, we’re delighted to welcome many straight allies whilst remaining Manchester’s gay-friendly football club.
We call ourselves ‘inclusive’ – we welcome everyone from within the LGBTQ+ community and those who want to support. We have players of all ages and races, and from all over the world.
Our ethos is simple – everyone is welcome, discrimination is not.
We don’t care who you love, as long as you love football!
How good do you have to be?
Some of our players are really good and it's because of this that VMFC got to the gay world championship final. Some of our players are average. Some are not great players at all, but just love football. However good or bad you think you are, you can be a part of this club.
Do you have to identify as LGBTQ+?
No. Straight allies attracted by the club's ethos are absolutely welcome - indeed much of our huge growth in the last couple of years has been the increasing number of straight players who like our club philosophy, think we are well run, and want to play for a club where inclusivity and football go hand in hand.
How much does it cost?
Your first two training sessions or matches with the club are FREE so you have nothing to lose trying us out!
After that there's a membership fee of £30 or £20 per month depending on whether you are in full time employment, or you can pay per match/session.
This helps us to pay for pitch hire, referee fees, coaching, league affiliations, insurance, travel, kit and other essential running costs.
Since lockdown ended, we've experienced an unprecedented increase in numbers and have had to temporarily close our competitive teams to new players.
However, we have launched Football For Fun to give new players from the LGBTQ+ community, plus allies, a safe, welcoming space to get involved. At 7pm on Wednesdays, it's one hour of social kickabout - book your place, turn up, take a bib, and play footie. Moving on to one of the main teams during this busy season can't be guaranteed, but this is the best way to start with the club.
Please complete the form below, and we'll send you further information.
Our weekly training sessions take place at Trinity Sports Centre on floodlit top quality 3G pitches close to the University and MMU on the edge of Hulme. Training always starts with a warm up, stretch and some fitness circuits before moving on to ball drills and finishing with a game. We recommend wearing astroturf boots or moulded boots. Shin guards are compulsory for matches but not for training, but may be advised if you like a tackle! Wear any old sports/training gear. You may need to book if it looks like it's going to be busy.
Directions to Trinity
Trinity Sports Centre
Cambridge Street (pedestrians)
Boundary Lane (car park)
You need to book your place:
8.30pm Tuesday: Firsts and Seconds by arrangement only
7pm Wednesday: Thirds and Fourths by arrangement only
7pm Wednesday: Football For Fun for new players
8.30pm Wednesday: Fifths
NOTE: to manage numbers, everyone has to register to train each week. Use the form below and we'll send you details.
Covid: all restrictions have been lifted, but Covid hasn't gone away. Plese exercise caution!
So that football could return, the club worked hard to produce a Covid-19 Protocols document (our risk assessment, available on request). It contained lots of actions that the club and players needed to take to ensure football is safe.
Currently, the Government has lifted all legal restrictions. It’s up to each player to make their own choices as to sensible precautions – masks in busy internal places and regular hand sanitising are recommended, as a minimum.
You must continue to isolate if you or a close contact have symptoms or test positive. If you are told by Test & Trace or the Covid app to isolate, you must stay away from football, even if not legally required to isolate.
We do, of course, follow all current Government and FA guidance.
Covid-19 is a long way from being over!