Watch: The Trust At 25
Broadcasting legend John Motson, OBE, lent his unmistakeable voice to a unique video reflecting on Watford FC’s proud heritage of being a community club, in particular the work of Watford Football Club’s Community Sports & Education Trust.
The video, entitled One Man’s Dream, pays homage to the influence of Graham Taylor as the spearhead for the Club’s community ethos and also features Watford greats past and present in the form of Luther Blissett and Troy Deeney.
As well as the appearances of Blissett, Deeney and Motson, the video also uses participants of the Trust’s current activities to help tell the story.
Having been involved in plenty of Trust activities over the years, including being mascot at Watford FC’s trip to Wembley in 2016, local boy Thomas is seen playing in a disability football session at the Trust’s recently renovated Meriden Community Centre.
From one Trust community hub to another as Simin is then seen taking part in an Over 55’s Club at the £4.2million Cedars Youth & Community Centre in Harrow. The Over 55’s Club at Cedars YCC is part of the wider Extra-Time programme, delivered by the Trust across both centres and Vicarage Road Stadium.
Next on screen are teenagers Cara and Kiera, as they take on an abseiling wall at Phasels Wood. The girls were re-enacting just one of the activities they conquered during the National Citizen Service programme with the Trust last year. Kiera is now preparing to come back as a staff member this year.
The penultimate participant is Amy of Bromet Primary School as she participated in a Premier League Primary Stars session. Primary Stars is just one of the schools programmes delivered by Watford FC’s CSE Trust across Hertfordshire and Harrow.
Finally we meet Alan, a participant of the Trust’s Shape Up programme. Shape Up is an adult weight management course that makes up part of the health provision delivered by the Trust.