Mission: Making a positive difference for all through sport and learning
Vision: Improving lives, enhancing communities
Values: Passion, innovation, professionalism, inclusivity, integrity
Watford Football Club has a long and proud tradition of serving its community.
It has established a reputation as a ‘Community Club’ – a club which actively provides a range of services to those who live in and around the area. It also provides a sense of community to everyone who supports the Hornets.
How did it all come about? Well it would be fair to say that at Watford the introduction of family areas, player appearances at community events and community activities was pioneered by former manager Graham Taylor.
In the early 1990s Watford FC established a Football in the Community scheme. At the time this consisted of one member of staff who was tasked with using football as a way of increasing participation while also promoting the club.
Fast-forward 25 years and the Trust now employs 21 full-time staff with over 50 part-time and sessional staff. The Trust currently runs activity programmes within Hertfordshire and its surrounding areas, as well as in the London Boroughs of Harrow and Hillingdon.
Although the Trust may traditionally be seen as purely a football provider, this is certainly no longer the case. Current focus is on five key themes overarching all Trust activities - sports participation, social inclusion, health, education and community facilities.
To find out more about the Trust’s work visit www.watfordfccsetrust.co.uk