Club Statement: Black Lives Matter

Date: 13 Aug 2020

Wasps is a diverse and inclusive club, and we are proud of it. We place great importance on tolerance, respect and equal opportunities. We have always offered a home for people from all countries, from all walks of life.

We are committed to doing more to calling out discrimination and to providing a platform for our supporters, players and staff to speak out about the inequalities and struggles that they have faced.

Racism is an issue that no one should have to deal with. Hatred, in any way, shape or form is completely unacceptable and we stand together as a club in our determination to end it. Together, we believe we can create change. However, the last few months have highlighted, yet again, just how much work there is to do.

We all have a responsibility to tackle prejudice and inequality, we can all make a difference. Sport has the power to shine a light on these issues, but we must do better and ensure that we create long lasting change, something which the club are committed to delivering.

We have not found it easy to determine how best to respond to recent events, which is why we felt it was important to take a step back, listen, consult, educate ourselves and seek to understand.  

This is not about politics or hijacked agendas. We would all love to live in a world where all lives matter, but the simple reality is that not all lives have mattered. As we approach the restart of rugby, we will be united in our backing of Black Lives Matter.

Racism of any kind is unacceptable.