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Why is the club called Bexley Invicta?


This is the name picked by the club’s founder, Brian Silk. He wanted a name that is local to where he lives (in the Borough of Bexley), but that also signifies that the club is for south east London (Bexley is a south east London Borough) and also for Kent (Invicta – see question about Invicta).

What does the ‘Invicta’ bit of the club name mean?


Invicta is the county motto of Kent. It is a Latin phrase meaning ‘undefeated’ or ‘unconquered’ and is widely used in Kent and ‘suburban Kent’ (ex-Kent London Boroughs of Bexley and Bromley).


Why do you have a white horse in your club badge?


The ‘white horse rampant’ is a symbol of Kent and appears on the county Coat of Arms. It is widely used by organisations and sports clubs in Kent and ‘suburban Kent’ (ex-Kent London Boroughs of Bexley and Bromley).


What is a gay-friendly football team?


Some gay footballers and supporters are not comfortable participating in mainstream football due to the sometimes homophobic atmosphere in the changing rooms and on the pitch, and the need to sometimes hide their sexuality. Many players and supporters, not necessarily gay, are drawn to gay-friendly football as it is generally less aggressive than mainstream football (see below). Others are attracted to the social aspects of gay-friendly football (see below). A gay-friendly football club, such as Bexley Invicta FC, exists to provide a footballing environment that aims to be non-homophobic, inclusive and enjoyable.


So a gay-friendly club is not just for gay people?


That’s right – football clubs such as Bexley Invicta are gay-friendly, not gay-exclusive. Although it is recognised that the majority of players are likely to be gay, there are many non-gay players playing for gay-friendly teams. These include players for Trowbridge Tigers FC, a nominally “straight” football club, which plays in gay-friendly leagues and tournaments. They say that they have found ‘the social aspect very good’ and ‘although it was competitive you didn’t get the same aggression.’ See also: http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/trowbridgetigers/113773/News/view/426225


By setting up a gay-friendly football club and participating in gay-friendly-only leagues and tournaments, are you not just creating a division between gay-friendly football and mainstream football?


Some gay footballers and supporters are not comfortable participating in mainstream football due to the sometimes homophobic atmosphere in the changing rooms and on the pitch, and the need to sometimes hide their sexuality. Many players and supporters, not necessarily gay, are drawn to gay-friendly football as it is generally less aggressive than mainstream football (see above). Others are attracted to the social aspects of gay-friendly football (see below).


Bexley Invicta FC is interested in working with others to make all football gay-friendly, including mainstream football, so that gay footballers and supporters have an effective choice. We play against mainstream teams, including an annual trophy fixture with Bexley Police FC, and work with the Kent Football Association.

What are the social aspects of gay-friendly football?


Typically, when two gay-friendly football teams play each other, they will go out together for a ‘night on the town’ before the game and they will also socialise after the match. Tournaments are bigger versions of this, with often a large number of gay-friendly teams taking over venues for the duration of the tournament and for much informal socialising to go on.

Is Bexley Invicta FC a mixed gender team?


Yes, we welcome all genders.

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