As part of this on-going commitment, the club would like to remind all supporters that racial, homophobic or discriminatory abuse, chanting or harassment is strictly forbidden and will result in arrest and ejection from Vicarage Road.
A true commitment to EDI (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) is borne of actions much more than words. And the driving of those actions by dedicated and committed personnel who are passionate about achieving successful outcomes for everybody involved.
Here at Watford, we regard ourselves as ‘The Original Family Club’. While it’s a pleasant tag to use, it’s a statement deliberately made to invite scrutiny and measure of our work to be as inclusive a club as Graham Taylor and Elton John showed football could be when they refused to erect hooligan fences in the 1970s and 80s and instead made Vicarage Road a place where football was enjoyed by all whilst retaining its competitive heartbeat.
Everyone, regardless of their background or beliefs, should feel truly welcome to be part of or be associated with our wonderful football club.
Our senior leadership team regularly draws on the club’s history for putting people first so that we can commit to being at the forefront for greater equality within our sport, holding ourselves accountable for our progress at all times.
Our ‘Watford Welcomes’ initiative has allowed us not only to establish but to cement relationships with local groups representative of a wide range of beliefs, faiths and purposes. Our pledge is that we continue to better represent our local community’s demographic among our club’s workforce and supporter base.
Awareness and education are vital tools for positive change, and we use those as part of our ‘We’ campaign which encourages the calling out of all forms of discrimination – wherever they may occur in relation to the club’s activities within the community.
There is no finishing line here. We have committed to an ongoing journey of inclusive development and we’re proud to have set out ambitious milestones.
This is a club for everyone, with our EDI activities representing and engaging with the heart and soul of the community which surrounds it.