First Team 18/05/2018

Pre-Season 2018/19: First Fixture Confirmed

The Hornets will travel to face Championship side Brentford for a pre-season friendly on Saturday July 28 (3pm KO) as part of their preparations for the 2018/19 Premier League campaign (ticket details will be confirmed in due course).

Further information about other pre-season arrangements will be published on once confirmed.

This will include details of The Graham Taylor Matchday at Vicarage Road on Saturday August 4, which will begin with the official ceremony to unveil the statue commissioned by the club in honour of Watford’s greatest ever manager.


Trust: Mental Health Programmes Launched

As the nation supports this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust is proud to not only get behind this campaign but also provide brand-new mental well-being programmes through the School Mental Health Project and The Empower Group.

The School Mental Health Project is a six-week programme that consists of one-hour workshops combining classroom and practical-based sessions, using sporting scenarios to engage with students about the topic of mental health. The agenda for this programme focuses on the topics of resilience, body image, eating sensibly, anxiety and stress, building positive relationships and consolidating learning. This project is being delivered across Watford and Hemel Hempstead to primary and secondary schools. 

The Empower Group is a 12-week programme offering mental health-focused physical activity sessions, including sports such as football, boxing and dance. The sessions, aimed at both Year 6 and Year 9 students, also involve a 30-minute facilitated discussion section in the form of a ‘conversation café’. 

Funded by Hertfordshire County Council and the Premier League Charitable Fund, both the above mentioned programmes make up the Trust’s mental health provision which has been commissioned for three years. Once a successful pilot phase has been completed, two further programmes will be added to this provision, a coach education section and a project aimed at 18-25-year-old males.

Mental and Physical Well-being Officer at Watford FC’s CSE Trust, Liam Dwyer, said of the programme: “Mental health is an important issue amongst young people, especially in the modern environment.

“By delivering this programme, we are looking at tackling the stigma around mental health by encouraging conversation and ultimately improving well-being. With six facilitators already on-board, we’re excited to get started and start making a positive difference.”

For more information on the programme, or to make a referral, contact Liam at