Rayo Vallecano

Rayo Vallecano

I have to admit that I am embarrassed that I missed this story last season. It is too good not to be shared.

I have always had a soft spot for Rayo Vallecano. They are a proudly working class club with a strong community ethic. The club is based in the gritty Vallecas district just south of the Madrid city centre. It is maybe a cross between West Ham and Millwall in English terms. Most neutrals would quite like West Ham to do well and most fans who support one of the glamour clubs or those with Top Six aspirations are happy for them to do well ….except when they are not playing their club!

What I had not picked up was the concept behind their kit. A percentage of the sales’ revenue goes to a number of charities. What caught my eye was an attractive black shirt with a pink ribbon to highlight the fight against cancer. They are also a fiercely inclusive club where all fans are welcome regardless of their colour, creed, race or sexual orientation. They have zero tolerance for domestic violence and fans with physical disabilities are encouraged to integrate.

For a club that is in the shadows of its illustrious neighbours, they are teaching a lesson to Real Madrid and Atletico in terms of integration. Respect!

The full story is here in Spanish. Sadly and ironically, their website is not yet in English.

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