24/05/2017

Accessibility | Changing Places

In the latest aspect of Watford FC’s commitment to accessibility, we are delighted to announce the opening of our Changing Places facility in the south west corner of Vicarage Road Stadium.

Over a quarter of a million people need Changing Places toilets to enable them to get out and about and enjoy the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted.

This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, as well as older people.

The latest addition to the club’s pan-disability portfolio of services and seating areas, the Changing Places facility is designed to provide the space and equipment, enabling those who need them to enjoy matches at the stadium safely and comfortably.

Standard accessible toilets do not provide the needed equipment and most are too small to accommodate more than one person.
 

The new Changing Places facility at Vicarage Road

Without Changing Places toilets, the person with disabilities is put at risk, and families are forced to risk their own health and safety by changing their loved one on a toilet floor. As well as a toilet, the facility at Vicarage Road includes a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, mobile hoist, shower, a screen to allow some privacy as well as a wide tear off paper roll to cover the bench.

The Changing Places facility is ideally positioned in close proximity to both wheelchair and ambulant/easy access spaces in the south west corner, between the Rookery and Lower Graham Taylor Stands. Those seated in other areas of the stadium will also be able to access the facility by speaking to our matchday disabled liaison officers.

Should supporters wish to be in close proximity, our ticket office staff will be happy to discuss all individual requirements and help with booking tickets in the closest spaces.

“We’re pleased to open this latest facility and further improve our provision for all disabled supporters’ said Dave Messenger, the club’s Supporter Liaison and Disability Access Officer.

“With the Sensory Room and additional wheelchair spaces for both home and away supporters already opening during the course of this season, the Changing Places facility is another significant step towards meeting the Accessible Stadia Guidelines.

“We hope the facility will be well received and look forward to hearing from supporters that might not be able to attend games without this provision being in place’

For more information about Changing Places facilities and where to find them, please visit http://www.changing-places.org/

First Team 24/05/2017

“I Dedicate It To Graham Taylor”

Sebastian Prödl showed a moment's surprise when his name was announced for a second time at the Hornets' End of Season Awards. 

His winning-battle with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Hornets' 3-1 win over Manchester United notched the Individual Performance Award, but silently he must have expected to challenge for that one. 

Rarely caught off-guard, he certainly was when applause filled the room at the news he was to be the first Graham Taylor OBE Player of the Season.

Not that he should have been surprised. He pipped Heurelho Gomes to the prize by 24 votes out of thousands, and when you consider the season our rubber-wristed goalkeeper had, you get an idea of just how much the Austrian cap's campaign was appreciated by Watford fans. 

The towering defender has only once in his career made more appearances during a season, at Werder Bremen in 2010/11.

Avoiding injuries, for the most part, was key, as was a trust placed in him by outgoing Head Coach Walter Mazzarri. Prödl made sure to mention the Italian in his acceptance speech. 

Prödl and Ibrahimovic battle it out at Vicarage Road

Prödl joins a decorated list of Golden Boys. Porter and Page, Mooney and Mahon. In fact, five of his predecessors were in the room at Wembley Stadium - teammates Mariappa, Deeney, Cleverley and Gomes, plus Hall of Famer Tommy Smith.

And the Hornets' number five seemed genuinely humbled by the recognition, speaking moments after he left the stage. 

“I think it will,” he said, when it was put to him that the award might go down as one of his proudest moments.

“I don't realise it this evening, but once I'm on my holidays, of course I will remember this season as a very good one from a personal point of view.

“This award means a lot to me, the Graham Taylor Player of the Season Award. Graham Taylor was a big manager for this club, I met him once. 

“I dedicate it to him. I know how important he is for this club. He will go down in history, and this award will go down in my own history.”