Wolves have reiterated their strong commitment to equality and diversity by signing the Muslim athletes’ charter.
The charter has been created to encourage Muslim involvement in sport and will challenge organisations to progress their support of Muslim men and women, with Wolves becoming the latest club to sign up.
The Nujum pledge and charter is the beginning of a journey for professional sporting organisations to contribute to equality and diversity, with the aim to allow clubs to better understand the needs of Muslim sporting professionals and fans.
By signing the charter, Wolves pledge to listen, learn and adopt good practice to help Muslim players and fans feel comfortable, loved and supported in the Wolves environment.
Approximately 250 Muslim players compete in the top four levels of English football, including Adama Traore, Rayan Ait-Nouri and Romain Saiss at Molineux – and now Wolves have become the fourth Premier League club to sign the charter.
The charter is based around 10 points, including non-consumption of alcohol, particularly during celebrations, and the availability of Halal food both at home and on the road.
In the future, Muslim athletes will be consulted on their faith-based needs when joining Wolves, while appropriate areas to pray will be created at Compton Park, Molineux and while travelling to away matches.
Fasting at Ramadan, which was already permitted at Wolves, will continue, while Muslim players will be provided with an opportunity to express their views without judgement and withdraw from non-Muslim religious celebrations, following discussion, should they wish.
Wolves general manager for football operations Matt Wild said: “We are very much looking forward to developing our partnership with Nujum. The number of Muslim players in the Premier League continues to increase and it’s important to us that, whether they are in the first-team, Academy or Women’s team, that our players can work, play and live in an environment where they can just be themselves and we believe this charter will help support this objective.”
Wolves human resources director, Zoe Brough, added: “Nujum are important partners and I am delighted Wolves has signed up to the charter. With every EDI initiative we launch, we aim to educate and advocate and these objectives fit well with Nujum’s objectives. We welcome the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the needs of Muslim players, staff and fans alike.”
By signing the charter, Wolves pledge to listen, learn and adopt good practice to help Muslim players, fans and staff feel comfortable, loved and supported in the Wolves environment.