News: Lord’s Taverners Walk Ends At Sensory Room

Nearly 20 supporters of the Lord’s Taverners took to the roads this weekend to take part in a fundraising walk and help raise valuable funds and awareness for disadvantaged and disabled young people in Hertfordshire.

The seven-mile walk started at the Black Boy pub in St Albans and finished at Watford Football Club where those taking part got to witness first-hand, a multi-sensory room that has already been installed at the club that helps young people living on the Autism spectrum.

The sensory room was installed at the end of 2016 as part of the Premier League and BT Disability programme. BT and the Premier League teamed up with The Shippey Campaign and the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity the Lord’s Taverners, to fund sensory rooms across the twenty Premier League clubs, and the one installed at Vicarage Road was one of the first.

These unique spaces allow children with sensory difficulties to watch live football matches from a room with a window onto the pitch, in a calm environment away from the noise and crowds.

Watford FC Supporter Liaison and Disability Access Officer, Dave Messenger, said: “We were delighted to host Lord’s Taverners and the Walk for Wheels team at our award-winning Sensory Room” said Dave Messenger, Watford FC’s Supporter Liaison and Disability Access Officer.

“As part of our Watford Welcomes initiative we are committed to helping disadvantaged and disabled young people. It was a pleasure to support this cause and show the Sensory Room, which the Lord’s Taverners played a key role in developing.”

To take a virtual tour of the Sensory Room, please click HERE or HERE.

If you would like to get involved with the Lord’s Taverners in Hertfordshire, please contact Regional Chairman, Mike Keith, on LordsTavernersHert@lordstaverners.org.

For more details about the Sensory Room, please contact Dave Messenger on dave.messenger@watfordfc.com.

First Team 11/06/2019

My Matchday: Gerard Deulofeu

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


Not just on a matchday but all through the week I always eat chicken or fish with vegetables and some pasta or some rice. The way I eat now is much better than in previous years. My weight is exactly perfect for performing well at the weekend.


On the bus I always sit with Pereyra, Kiko and Masina. Sometimes we play a game on the iPad called Parchis. It’s like a dice and board game. Sometimes Masina brings a speaker too and he puts on some music.


Before I used to but now I don’t really like to listen to music too much on a matchday. If I do it’s because somebody else has put something on.


When I get to the stadium I always stay in the dressing room and have some physio before the warm-up. Some players like to go and look at the pitch but I don’t really do that.


I wear the same type of boot every game. I have a special boot made for me with a protector at the back of my foot and I feel really good when I’m wearing it. Every three months I change my boot but it is always the same model. 


Here in England I am playing with leggings because I feel much better this way. Also when it’s cold I wear gloves and under armour. Towards the end of the season it’s too hot for those things though. 


I do have things I like to do as part of my matchday routine at home and at the stadium but I like to keep them secret!


During the whole week I eat, train and rest well and then after a game I normally go for dinner with family and friends to eat something different and relax. There is a restaurant in Mayfair which I think is the best in England!