2 weeks ago

Trust: Thousands of Young People Benefitting From NCS

Watford Football Club’s Community Sports and Education Trust is pleased to be part of the NCS Trust's new network.

The network of NCS providers deliver this unforgettable programme to thousands of young people each year. The Trust will be providing the programme with Reed in Partnership in Watford and Three Rivers, as well as EFL Trust in Harrow.

Over the last 10 years more than 500,000 young people have benefitted from taking part in NCS. As part of the three or four week experience during their summer holidays they spend time away trying exciting new activities, learning new skills and making new friends before returning to their communities to develop social action projects. These projects are a way of raising awareness of local causes, fundraising for charity or carrying out activities to improve local facilities.

Jess Howse, Project Manager (NCS) at the Trust, said: “We’ve engaged with over 1800 young people to date, as part of our six years of NCS delivery. Over that time we’ve seen the amazing outcomes this programme can have on people’s lives, which is why we are delighted to be able to offer this fantastic opportunity to even more young people in the future.”

Michael Lynas, Chief Executive of the NCS Trust, said: “I'm incredibly proud of everything that NCS has achieved in the last ten years. As it moves into the next phase of its life, I'm confident NCS can make a more significant difference for our young people and their communities than ever before.”

The new NCS network has been developed to deliver better value and experience for young people, parents and guardians and schools.

The Trust are already recruiting for the Summer 2020 programme in local schools. You can find out more about NCS and sign up to take part at wearencs.com.

First Team 2 weeks ago

Sánchez Flores: “I Feel Responsibility, Not Pressure”

By Kevin Affleck

Quique Sánchez Flores said he feels a great responsibility to fulfil this team’s potential but is not going to tie himself in mental knots wondering when this elusive first league win is going to arrive, preferring instead to trust a process that has served him so well during his stellar career.

The Head Coach takes his side to Everton today with a Quarter-Final in the Carabao Cup at stake and victory at Goodison Park is likely to do wonders for confidence ahead of the visit of Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.

But the Head Coach is cutting an extremely calm figure, believing there is nothing to be gained from panicking and agonising over a winless start to the league season. He remains convinced putting the building blocks in place now will yield positive results, enough to “be better when we finish the season”. He’s not about to start chasing results and being fast and loose.

“We are always preparing the matches thinking to win,” he said. “It's our concern, our goal before the matches. We prepare with the idea to win. But if we think too much about this, the only thing we are going to create is an obsession. This is not good for football. We need to be ambitious and have goals but not obsession as when you have an obsession, this is dangerous.

“You need to be clear. We need to be clear and know exactly what the goal is. It is not easy to win as it’s a long time since we have this feeling. We need to use our experience and a good mood to try to get it – but not an obsession about win, win, win.

“Even if we win [at Everton], it will be different as it's a win in the cup. What we need is a good win in the league. Everton is important but we realised, when we won against Swansea, it didn't affect what happened in the league. It is a different competition, a different line up and different goals. It’s important to win but the league is a completely different scenario.”

Not done there, Sánchez Flores then proceeded to produce one of the responses of his two spells in charge of this club. He was actually asked if his opposite number at Everton was feeling the pressure and slightly mis-heard the question, but his response was profound nonetheless and one that gave everyone in the room faith that he knows exactly what he is doing and that he's about to use all his experience with Atletico Madrid, Valencia, Benfica, Espanyol, Getafe, in the UAE, in China and in the Premier League to fix this situation.

“You can feel pressure the way you want,” he said. “It depends on the human being. We are talking about human beings – not only coaches. I can feel responsible, I can feel the responsibility but not the pressure. I can't feel the pressure because I am experienced, because I know where I am, and I control what I can control.

“I am focussed on what I can control. I know the scenario. I know what match I find [at Everton], I know the match I am going to find on Saturday because we try to analyse for days before, so I can't be nervous. It's impossible to be nervous for that. I feel safe wherever I am as my life is completely done, I am completely happy. I feel success with my family, with my kids, with my career and with my friends.

“I don't feel the pressure. I feel the responsibility every day. I wake up, I go to the training ground with clear ideas. I try to transmit my experience and feelings with the players, and I transmit that it [the process] should be slow. No-one should expect it to be quick. It's a long race and we need to take this way and live with these kinds of obstacles. We will be better when we finish the season.”

Sánchez Flores, 54, has been keen to stress since he walked in the door that there is no quick fix, no magic formula. It’s going to be about creating sustainability and putting a series of results together – not pulling off a fluke win that creates a false sense of optimism. He still feels there is plenty of time.

“We need to get the right reaction and the right reactions should be slow,” he said. “That is the only thing I know. We must try not to rush too much. We know the way will be slow, it will be difficult, it will be tough, all these kinds of things. But my experience says we need to be harder and work really, really hard for a long time if we want to change the situation. All of us we know.

“We use our experience to be calm, to try to give confidence to the players and try to recuperate the way we can be stable in the future. It is not just about a win today or tomorrow. No. It’s not done. We need to confirm, little by little, that we are improving, that we are in the right way. This is the right way for us.”