Black Country Fusion aim to be the first gay and transgender football team to try and kick discrimination out of the game when they join the Wolverhampton Sunday League.
Newly-formed Black Country Fusion FC are set to take on other gay and transgender teams from up and down the country in friendly clashes ahead of the 2016/17 season in the Beacon League.
The team will be managed by Andy Corfield, an experienced football man who ran the Wolverhampton Harts FC at the height of their success.
Sky Stewart, co-chairman of the team, is hoping Fusion can break down barriers and prove successful on the pitch.
Sky told the Express and Star: “I think there is a gap in the market, there are a lot of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who want to get into the game but feel like they can’t because they’ll be discriminated against.
“We want to give them the chance to come and play football in a safe environment with other people who won’t judge them.
“We’re going into the Beacon League in Wolverhampton on Sundays for the 2016-17 season, it’ll be the first time a gay or transgender team has played in the league in Wolverhampton.”
“The whole team isn’t gay or transgender,” Sky added. “We do have heterosexual players as well. The idea to to try and include everyone and break down barriers.
Lesbians also train with the team.
“The manager is openly gay, I’m openly transgender. Football should be about community, and that’s what we’re trying to achieve.”
Wolverhampton health insurance agency Paycare have offered sponsorship to team and will provide new kits and equipment.