Academy: Host Families Wanted

Watford FC’s Academy are looking to recruit potential host families to support young players aged between 16 to 23 years old.

The Academy currently have around 180 young players, some of whom stay with host families, allowing them to take the opportunity of full-time employment at the football club as either an apprentice or a professional player.

The Academy are looking for families in central Watford and the St Albans or London Colney area who can provide a room (per player) and an evening meal in either a six-night per week or seven-night per week agreement as well as providing a suitable and safe environment. 

Transport is provided by the club for each player.

If you feel you would be able to successfully support some of the club's young players, please send an e-mail to our Academy Welfare and Safeguarding Manager Carlan Edgar - carlan.edgar@watfordfc.com - expressing your interest.

As part of the recruitment process the club would complete several visits to determine the suitability of location and to ensure that the home meets the requirements for hosting a young player with the football club. 

This role will have regular contact with children, and it is therefore required by law to have a DBS Enhanced Criminal Record Check with children’s barred list check for all house occupants aged 18 or older. 

Closing date for applications: Ongoing

Watford Football Club is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Ladies 09/07/2019

My Matchday: Adekite Fatuga-Dada

The Golden Girls talk us through their matchday rituals, routines & habits.


I normally just wake up, get showered and ready, have something to eat then leave - nothing too exciting! One thing though, music is always playing from the minute I get up.


I can’t eat a lot before games so if it’s a 3pm kick off I’ll try and have a big breakfast rather than have two meals. I’ll have something light like popcorn on the way but anything too heavy is a no-go.


There's always music on in the car or coach on the way. I play it mainly through my headphones just so I can get myself to focus a bit. I’m quite anti-social before a game.


It's always Hip-Hop/Rap! A lot of J.Cole, Lil Baby and Bugzy Malone - that kind of vibe. Always the same playlist though - it's kind of a routine now.


Nike! I can’t wear anything else. I’ve worn Mercurials for a while now so would say those are my favourite at the moment.


I’m quite particular with my kit. I’ve always got to have undershorts on - no matter the weather - and I can only play in cut socks! I’ve got these pair of “lucky” Adidas crew socks that I have to wear on match day, and if it’s cold I’ll definitely have my snood and every layer possible on.


I have a few to be fair that I’ve mentioned already... the biggest one is probably the music/focus. I’ve found that if I don’t focus myself and listen to something that gets me going, I won’t have a good game.


I’ll normally shower, eat everything I see and watch the football if it’s still on by the time I get home! Normally my baby cousin will be around, so I’ll spend time with him and the rest of the family.