Our Commitment

Our ‘Watford Welcomes’ initiative launched at the start of 2018/19 season and brings our historic family club ethos together with the ongoing work towards equality, diversity and inclusion. As a Club we are committed to identify, confront and eliminate discrimination, whether by reason of age, disability, gender reassignments, marriage & civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion & belief, sex or sexual orientation.

The Chief Executive Officer and board will ensure anyone who wishes to engage with the club is able to do so, whether a supporter, staff, player, participant in Community Trust programmes or any other person engaged with the club’s activities.

Watford Football Club is an equal opportunities employer. We aim to ensure that all employment decisions are taken, without reference to irrelevant or discriminatory criteria, and that staff feel valued and are able to aspire to achieve their full potential.

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.

If supporters experience any form of abuse or discrimination inside the stadium, please help us eliminate it by texting us on 07825 535269 or by reporting it using the free reporting app created by Kick It Out.

We will treat your message in the strictest confidence and take the necessary action against offending parties.

We Campaign

Watford FC is proud to have launched the We campaign in 2019, encouraging inclusivity and tackling discrimination directly.

We want everyone to know they’re welcome at Watford. We care about how people feel when they talk to us. We respect everyone’s right to be different. We trust others to feel the same as we do about being inclusive. We believe what we do can help encourage others to do the right thing. We unite against hate crime and discriminatory behaviour of any kind. We support calling out discrimination quickly, and will work directly with the Police to educate or prosecute offenders.

We means everyone; players, ex-players, staff, supporters, the local community. We can make a difference by being different; acting quickly and being consistent in our reporting is a great start. We want to tackle all forms of hate crime – on all days, not just matchdays. We will take all reports seriously and act quickly to get meaningful results. We are delighted to be working directly in partnership with Herts Police Hate Crime team.

Help us identify offenders fast. Call out discrimination on your social media using: #watfordfc #BuzzOff.

Black Lives Matter

Watford FC are proud to join clubs across the country to support our players in the push for equality and the sentiments behind Black Lives Matter.

To quote from the statement made by the players: “We, the Players, stand together with the singular objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists, to bring about a global society of inclusion, respect, and equal opportunities for All, regardless of their colour or creed.”

This decision should not be confused with support for the individual BLACK LIVES MATTER UK group, their views and statements, or those of any other individual organisation.


Sam Gillings
HR & Equality Lead Officer: 01923 496262

Useful Numbers:

Kick It Out:
Phone: 020 7253 0162
Email: info@kickitout.org

Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS):
Phone: 0808 800 008
Textphone: 0808 800 0084
Website: Equality Advisory and Support Service

Watford Football Club were awarded the Intermediate Level of the Premier League Equality Standard Assessment in March 2018.