With the world full of debate regarding equality and treatment of others it is heartening to see football clubs take a stance on many of the issues that affect us all. In Madrid, La Liga side Rayo Vallecano have had a tradition of being outspoken and proud of their social standing and for the 2015/16 campaign they will wear a symbol of that pride. For next season the new club shirt will feature a rainbow design that pays tribute to ‘the unsung heroes of society’.
Each colour on the rainbow sash represents a different group that has faced issues socially and culturally –
Red: People fighting against cancer.
Orange: People fighting for the integration of those with disabilities.
Yellow: People who refuse to lose hope.
Green: People who fight to protect the environment.
Blue: People who fight against child abuse.
Pink: People who fight against domestic and gender violence.
Gold: People who fight against homophobic discrimination.
Around £5 from each strip sold will be donated to the causes represented on the shirts, and the club have also released a third kit that features an all pink sash to support cancer awareness (roughly £3 from each of these shirts will be donated to cancer charities)
Vallecano have always been a socially aware club (much stemming from their poor beginnings) so it is wonderful to see them stand up for many people who don’t have a voice. It is interesting that it is always the smaller clubs who do the most isn’t it? A pity that their neighbours Real Madrid can’t throw their significant financial weight behind similar projects.