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.