In quite a nice touch Watford have allocated their squad numbers a little bit differently this season. After what was described as an emotive and powerful online meeting between the squad, they decided they wanted to make a change by finding a way to support the Black Lives Matter movement and help raise awareness for black history.
The squad have each selected their number based on something that holds personal significance within the aforementioned themes.
Emma Beckett and Renée Hector shared their number selections in a powerful video that highlights the reasoning behind this decision.
Throughout the season, squad members will share their stories behind their number as the club aim to provide a platform for continued education and celebration of black history.
Renee Hector, who was racially abused back in 2019 on the pitch by the opposition, has been overwhelmed by the support from her teammates. “I am so proud to be part of this club,” said Hector. “It doesn’t want to just make a change on the pitch but it’s looking beyond the pitch to really have an impact on the world.”
Grace Williams, Watford Women’s General Manager, said: “It’s been a powerful few months with the team, with all the players leading these discussions. They have shown that they are not just a team on the pitch but all come together to support one another off the pitch. This is something we all feel passionate about, we want to understand and take a stand.”