Staff and pupils from Doon Academy braved the snowy and icy conditions recently to take part in their second Football v Homophobia tournament.

The school launched the annual event last year, as a sign of their ongoing efforts to change people’s perceptions.

Cumnock Chronicle: Brodie Logan was the resident DJ for the afternoonBrodie Logan was the resident DJ for the afternoon (Image: Doon Academy)

The day was part of Doon Academy’s continued progress towards their LGBT Youth award.

It is planned that this tournament will now become an annual event taking place in February, with this year's event being delayed.

Cumnock Chronicle: Luke Gormanley wins an inclusion award presented by HT Mr Reilly.Luke Gormanley wins an inclusion award presented by HT Mr Reilly. (Image: Doon Academy)

The wintry conditions didn't stop a team of around 60 pupils and staff taking part to show their support and ongoing efforts.

Eight teams participated in a Champions League tournament format. The final was contested between The Prima Donna's and The Doon Ultras.

The Prima Donna's prevailed and lifted the prestigious LGBT Youth Scotland Co-op Cup.

Cumnock Chronicle: Braving the conditions.Braving the conditions. (Image: Doon Academy)

Academy guidance teacher Steven Kelly has been a driving force in the school’s inclusivity work.

He said: "To coincide with LGBT History month in February, this delayed celebration of inclusion and diversity showcased an afternoon of togetherness through the vehicle of the beautiful game.

"The message is simple- Homophobia will not be tolerated within our school and community."

Cumnock Chronicle: Using football as a vehicle for positive change.Using football as a vehicle for positive change. (Image: Doon Academy)

He added: "We continue to work hard to raise awareness and understanding of the issues LGBT people face within society. We are proud to be close to being recognised as an LGBT Youth Scotland Silver status school.

"Craigmark Football Club officials and parents Mr and Mrs Wilson also presented merchandise to lucky winners including match tickets and a signed home Jersey.

"This event has become an important feature within our school calendar and preparations are already underway for next year.

"A huge thank you to the pupils, staff, parents and partners of Doon Academy for their steadfast support."