Under-23's 26/05/2017

Pereira Returns To School

Dion Pereira - Watford's 2016/17 Young Player of the Year - recently paid a visit to his old primary school to deliver brand-new football kits courtesy of the Premier League Players' Kit Scheme. 

The 18-year-old has made a big impact for the Hornets' Under-18 and Under-23 teams this season, and he also appeared twice in the Premier League against Leicester and Man City, so the children at Laurance Haines School were beyond thrilled to meet their local idol.

Pereira was accompanied by his mum, who previously worked at the school, and upon arrival was met by his old teacher Michelle Penny.

Speaking of the event, Mrs Penny said: “It was such a delight to see Dion again. He was always a determined and resilient child. It’s wonderful to see him succeed as a professional footballer. We would like to thank Watford FC Community Trust for nominating us for the kits and Dion for coming to present them to us.”

There was much excitement when Pereira presented the new Nike football kit to the school’s football team, and Laurance Haines pupils also had the chance to chat to the Watford Academy product, asking him several questions and receiving autographs.

Gabriel, captain of the boys' football team, said: “It was an inspiring moment to meet a professional player who started playing football on the same playground that we use every day.” 

The successful visit was organised by Watford FC’s Community Trust, which runs extra-curricular clubs, healthy lifestyle projects and the Premier League Primary Stars programme.

The scheme is funded by donations from players at each of the Premier League clubs, with kits provided to schools and youth organisations who take part in the open application process, as well as schools chosen by the players themselves. 



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/