Watford match will celebrate diversity and inclusion

Monday’s fixture against Watford is the return of our annual Game for Equality as we celebrate the club’s diversity and inclusion work.

Chelsea Football Club is proud to hold the Advanced Level of the Premier League’s Equality Standard, a recognition of our commitment to creating a club where everyone – from our players and fans through to our staff and volunteers - feels welcome, valued and included as part of the Chelsea community.

Through Building Bridges, our club-wide equality initiative, we bring together anti-discrimination campaigns and charities as well as football authorities, to highlight the importance of tackling all forms of discrimination and creating an inclusive environment for everyone.

Players throughout the club play a crucial role in spreading this message. 

This season’s highlights included Eden Hazard joining schoolchildren as part of the Chelsea Foundation’s equality workshops, Nathaniel Chalobah discussing discrimination with Kick It Out at a school and our groundbreaking Asian Star initiative, which will make its Stamford Bridge debut next month.

Cesar Azpilicueta believes the Game for Equality is an important way to celebrate this year-long work from all at the club.

He said: ‘I am proud to play for a club where everyone is welcome, whoever they are, whatever their background and wherever they come from.

‘At Chelsea, being different is what makes us strong and helps us to be successful on and off the pitch. The Game for Equality is a great opportunity to celebrate that.

‘Supporting Chelsea means supporting equality for everyone. My Chelsea celebrates diversity and doesn’t discriminate.’

At Monday’s game the team will warm-up in t-shirts promoting equality and will wear the Building Bridges logo on their kit. This will be the fourth time the players have worn the Building Bridges logo on their kit.

We will also once again join forces with Kick It Out, Football v Homophobia, Show Racism the Red Card, the Gay Football Supporters’ Network, the Premier League and the Football Association on the night to spread the message of equality.

You can find out more about Building Bridges by clicking here.