The first gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans football team in Scotland are to play their first 11-a-side game in Haddington this weekend.
HotScots FC was founded in February 2007 with the aim of organising socials and regular kick-abouts and to provide a social outlet for LGBT people who wish to watch and participate in football with other like-minded people.
The club now boasts more than 75 members and hold kickabouts every Thursday and Sunday.
Although based in Edinburgh, membership is open to players fans from across Scotland.
“There is a well-established Gay League in England but there has not yet been a move to establish something similar in Scotland,” the team explains on their website.
Their opponents in Saturday’s friendly match are Haddington Select, a team made up from local boys coaching staff.
The fixture came about when they responded to an advert placed by HotScots FC for teams to play.
“It’s all football at the end of the day, and there’s no reason why it can’t be enjoyed by everyone,” a Haddington Select spokesman said.
Kevin Rowe, chairman founder of HotScots FC, told PinkNews.co.uk:
“This is an exciting day in the team’s development and will be instrumental in our preparation for the London Gay World Cup in August this year.
“Also, by playing regular local teams, we can continue to break down barriers surrounding homophobia in sport, and dispel a few myths that gay people and football simply do not mix!”
The match will place on Saturday 19th January at Aubigny Sports Centre, Haddington with a 2.30 p.m. kick-off.
For further information or to join HotScots FC, visit their website or text FOOTBALL to 60300 (texts cost 25p).