Reece Robertson joins JBG? as Patron

Just a ball game? (JBG?) are excited to announce our first patron from the world of Rugby League in former Keighley Cougars junior-Reece Robertson.

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As an 18 year-old playing Rugby League and working in a brewery pub while studying at University, Reece Robertson is your average young man, who just happens to identify as Gay!

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A couple of years back Reece wrote an article for an LGBT news page, he then took the brave decision and came out to his team mates not once but twice, the result, mostly positive. Reece says, “I thought to myself, I have come out to the rest of the world, why should I hide who I am from my team mates?” “They didn’t care, I had played alongside most of these boys since I was 7 years old, I was still the same Reece.”

A year later Robertson was playing for a re-formed Keighley Albion open age side, he left the field of play on a high as man of the match, back in the changing rooms an ex-junior team mate mentioned his sexuality,Reece’s heart began to race. One of the older players laughed then commented, “He’s played awesome, he’s an Albion boy, who cares about his sexuality.”

On becoming a Patron for Just a Ball Game? Reece had this to say,” I am gratified at being asked to become a Patron of JBG? who are starting to work towards eradicating homophobia from football and other sports, and I very much wanted to support their campaigns. It’s good to raise awareness on LGBT issues and great to get community people together.”

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