Our Story

James formed Unicorns in 2021 when he realised there was no fully inclusive netball club for the LGBTQIA+ Community. Having been a member of London Frontrunners, and with friends in LGBTQIA+ clubs for other sports, James realised the importance and benefit of creating a safe and inclusive environment for these communities to play sport. James asked his team mates Clare and Louise to help him get it off the ground, and with the help of our friends at Knights Men's and Mixed Netball, we held our first friendly session open to all in October 2021. Since then our committee has grown to include Al, Vanessa, Calvin and Nikki, and we're building partnerships with other LGBTQIA+ organisations.

Our aim is to make netball more accessible to everyone, regardless of their gender identity, sexual orientation or skill level. So, whether you haven’t played since school, play regularly at social level, or just want to give netball a try, you’ve come to the right place. This group is an inclusive safe space for all members of the LGBTQ+ community, and our allies.

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And Join us on the Court!

We're an ever growing club and would love for you to join us! The options are detailed below, but we want to make it clear that we always intend to be a not-for-profit venture that’s financially accessible to everyone. If you’re on a low income and want to be involved, talk to us.

We still aim to promote a beginner-friendly environment that’s relaxed and fun, but as we start to offer memberships, all participants will need to register with us and agree to the code of conduct and club rules. This is so we can protect you and meet the requirements of venues we book. See below our membership options and click the sign up button to go to our registration form.

**The first two sessions will always be free for newcomers**

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Membership options

Name Description Price
Full membership
  • Valid until 31 March 2023
  • No need to pay-per-session
  • Priority booking for sessions
  • Option to represent the club in tournaments and events
  • First pick to join any club teams we create in the future
£25.00
Associate Membership
  • Pay-per-session
£5.00
Low Income Membership
  • If you’re on a low income but want to be involved, talk to us. We care about making netball accessible to everyone, and won’t turn people away just because they can’t afford our membership fees.
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Upcoming Events

We currently hold monthly training sessions on Saturday afternoons at various locations across London. We also hold other events outside of this, including tournaments and socials. Scroll down to read more.

Unicorns Christmas Party!

Unicorns LGBTQIA+ Netball Logo
Wednesday, December 7th
18:00 - late
Zodiac Bar

Unicorns Training Session

Unicorns LGBTQIA+ Netball Logo
Saturday, January 14th
15:00 - 17:00

Location TBC

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Unicorns Training Session

Unicorns LGBTQIA+ Netball Logo
Saturday, February 11th
15:00 - 17:00

Location TBC

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Unicorns Training Session

Unicorns LGBTQIA+ Netball Logo
Saturday, March 11th
15:00 - 17:00

Location TBC

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Latest News...

We're now an award winning club!

This weekend our incredible Club was voted Most Inclusive Club at the Out for Sports Awards. Inclusivity and creating a safe space for all genders, sexual orientations and abilities sits at the heart of what Unicorns is all about. So winning this award was extra special for us. We would not be where we are today without our members and all the people who have supported us along our journey, so this is for all of you!

Out for sports awards Most Inclusive Club photo

Out for Sport Sport Awards

After returning home from the tournament in Amsterdam, we were delighted to hear that Unicorns has been nominated for the Most Inclusive Club Category and the Emerging Club of the Year awards at the Out for Sports Awards Ceremony being held on Friday 18th November 2022. We were also thrilled to find out that our very own committee member Nikki has been nominated for the Unsung Hero award. Wish us luck, and we'll let you know how we get on!

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Amsterdam Tournament Champions!

In November 2022, Unicorns sent a team to Amsterdam where they won their first international tournament! This was an incredible day and definitely a team win with everyone playing their hearts out! What a moment to reflect on everything we have acheived as a club in just over a year! Thank you to Amsterdam Netball Club for putting on a brilliant tournament and to all the wonderful teams we played!

Unicorns Amsterdam Tournament team photo

Nike LGBTQIA+ Diversity and Inclusion Fund Interview

In early October 2022, we were interviewed by Jon Holmes from Sports Media LGBT+ about the Nike LGBTQIA+ Diversity and Inclusion Fund, which Unicorns, along with six other Out for Sport member clubs received in the summer. "As the newest of the seven clubs, Jon was keen to find out what the grant meant to us and how it's already having a huge impact on the club."
You can read the full article here.

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In The Media

In October 2022, Sky Sports featured us in their #rainbowlaces campaign coverage. It was so exciting to see our Club on the telly helping us to reach new Unicorns!

Meet the committee

James founder of Unicorns LGBTQIA Netball Club

James (he/him, they/them)

Founder and Chair.
Favourite position: GS

Louise vice-chair of Unicorns LGBTQIA Netball Club

Louise (she/her)

Vice-Chair.
Favourite positions: GA/C

Vanessa vice-chair of Unicorns LGBTQIA Netball Club

Vanessa (she/her)

Vice-Chair.
Favourite positions: WA/C

Al welfare officer at Unicorns LGBTQIA Netball Club

Al (he/him)

Safeguarding and Welfare Officer.
Favourite positions: GD/GA

Calvin secretary of Unicorns LGBTQIA Netball Club

Calvin (he/him)

Secretary
Favourite position: WA/C

Nikki website manager of Unicorns LGBTQIA Netball Club

Nikki (she/her)

Website Manager
Favourite positions: GA/GS

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