Pre-Season | Dons Friendly Lined Up

Watford will travel to League 1 side AFC Wimbledon as part of their preparations for the 2017/18 season. 

The Hornets will face the Dons, who are managed by Neal Ardley, in a pre-season friendly at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Saturday July 15 at 3pm.

Ticketing arrangements will be confirmed at watfordfc.com in due course. 


Academy Host Families

Watford’s Academy are looking to recruit potential host families to support young players aged between 16 & 23-years-old. 

We currently have around 150 young players within the Academy, some of whom stay with host families, allowing them to take the opportunity of full-time employment at the club as either an apprentice or professional player. 

The successful candidates will provide a room (per player) and an evening meal in either a six night per week or seven night per week agreement, as well as providing a suitable and safe environment. 

It is advantageous if your home is close to the Club’s primary venues of;

Vicarage Road Stadium, Vicarage Road, Watford, WD18 0ER


UCL Sports Ground, Bell Lane, St Albans, AL2 1BZ.

If you feel you would be able to successfully support some of our young players, please send an e-mail to Chris Thurston (chris.thurston@watfordfc.com) expressing your interest. 

As part of the recruitment process the Club would complete several visits to determine the suitability of location and to ensure that the home meets the requirements for hosting a young player with the Football Club. 

This role will have regular contact with children and it is therefore required by law to have a DBS Enhanced Criminal Record Check with children’s barred list check for all house occupants aged 18 or older. 

Application process

Please express your interest via email to chris.thurston@watfordfc.com or by post to Chris Thurston, Watford Football Club, UCL Sports Ground, Bell Lane, St Albans, AL2 1BZ.