Kate takes up the story of how WOW moved from being an idea to something that will become a safe space for all women at Watford FC.
“In March I appeared on Hive Live to celebrate International Women's Day and discuss being a female fan. One question I was asked really made me think: how do I feel as a woman attending away games? I suddenly realised I had never, and most likely never would, go to an away game by myself.
“I don't pretend to speak for all females here by any means, we all have different journeys, but for the most part feeling unsafe in the streets is a common-lived experience for a lot of us.
“That same week saw the death of Sarah Everard at the hands of a stranger as she was walking home in the dark, prompting many women to share their own stories of being followed or simply not doing something they would like to out of fear for their own safety.
“To say that was a heavy week would be an understatement. But, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, something brilliant has been born! The club got in touch to discuss what more could be done to make things better for our female fans and it has been decided that the best place to start is founding a female supporters' group.
“We welcome all who agree with our aims, regardless of gender identity. We stand for community, allyship and diversity amongst plenty of other things and, if you relate to that and want to ensure Watford FC is a positive experience for all, we’d love to have you with us.