An auction of signed shirts worn by Watford FC players during the Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League game – the club’s annual Trust Awareness Matchday – raised a total of £5,088 for official registered charity Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust.
The auction was hosted at www.matchwornshirt.com, a global online shirts sales website where auctions start at kick-off, facilitating auctions for clubs all around the globe, allowing supporters from across the world to bid for a unique piece of memorabilia.
Bidders could own their favourite player’s signed match worn shirt whilst raising vital funds for the Trust, with an average final bid of £282 per item.
Shirts came from Ben Foster, Ismaïla Sarr, João Pedro, Moussa Sissoko, Emmanuel Dennis, Samir, Kiko Femenía, Joshua King, Edo Kayembe, Juraj Kucka, Hassane Kamara, Adam Masina, Tom Cleverley, Craig Catchcart and Christian Kabasele.
Bid winners came from the United Kingdom, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Belgium, Japan and Sweden. Bids also came from Slovakia, Netherlands, United States, France, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Uruguay, Switzerland, Norway, Spain, Turkey, Croatia and Italy.
MatchWornShirt Founder, Tijmen Zonderwijk, commented: “The community matchday is always a special occasion so we are pleased to have been able to offer fans the chance to support the Trust and own a piece of the match simultaneously."
“The auction was part of the annual Trust Awareness Matchday – a Watford FC men’s first-team game at Vicarage Road stadium used to shine a light on the fantastic contribution of the club’s official charity to their communities and the lives of people their work touches.”
Community Director at the Trust, Rob Smith, said: “We always look forward to our Trust Awareness Matchdays; having the auction this year really magnified the support from our Watford FC family. Thank you to everyone that placed bids and to the players for their part in supporting our continued mission to make a positive difference to all through sport, physical activity and learning.”
For more information on the community work the money raised by the auction will go towards, please visit www.watfordfccsetrust.com or follow the Trust on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram – just search @WFCTrust.