First Team 18/03/2020

First & Last: Abdoulaye Doucouré

Hornets midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré talks us through his picks for our quick-fire 'First & Last' interview...


First: My first car was a grey Audi A3.

Last: Now I have a Porsche that I got last year.


First: It was a French rap group called NTM.

Last: The last one I listened to was Maitre Gims. He’s a French rapper.


First: The film I remember was Green Lights. I was about 11 or 12. I didn’t really watch a lot of films when I was young.

Last: I haven’t watched any recently but the last thing I did watch was a series called When They See Us on Netflix. It was incredible.


First: It was for Rennes in May 2013. It was actually my first start too for them against Brest.

Last: Of course it was my goal against Brighton in February.


First: When I was 15, I went to Turkey with my best friend.

Last: Last summer I went to Mauritius with my family.


First: I won the Golden Boot when I was young, playing in my town for OFC Les Mureaux.

Last: I won the Player of the Season trophy here a couple of seasons ago. I also won an award for my 100 Premier League appearances. 


First: I had the Adidas Predators.

Last: I had the Adidas Nemeziz but in January I got the new Adidas Predators again! 


First: I remember making rice and two lamb steaks all by myself.

Last: I’m not a very good cook but I did make a cake recently with my daughter.


Trust: Mental Health Award Win For 'Positive Minds'

Watford Football Club’s Community Sports and Education Trust (the Trust) were awarded the Mental Health and Wellbeing Award, sponsored by Active IQ, at The Sport and Recreation Alliance’s ‘Community Sport and Recreation Awards’. Prince Edward was on hand to present the Trust’s team with the award.

The Health and Wellbeing Award celebrates clubs/programmes which use the power of sport and recreation to promote, enhance and encourage open conversations about mental health and physical wellbeing.

The Trust won for their Positive Minds programme. Positive Minds has four strands:

  • Education: A 10-week course of one-hour workshops within Primary Schools, combining classroom and practical based sessions to engage with students about the topic of mental health and wellbeing.
  • Empower: A 12-week programme for nine-12-year-olds with diagnosed mild mental health issues, or who are ‘at risk’ of developing mental health issues. Offering an hour of physical activity, followed by 30 minutes of facilitated discussion in the form of a ‘Wellbeing Workshop’.
  • Man On!: Physical activity and wellbeing session for men aged 18-65 years old. In total sessions are 90 minutes in length: 60 minutes of physical activity and 30 minutes of a conversation café.
  • Coach the Approach: A free three-hour training course designed to upskill and educate grassroot sports coaches around Mental Health, different diagnosis, statistics, solutions and how best to support those experiencing poor mental health.

All areas have been met with success with highlights such as participants feeding back that there has been an average increase of 18 per cent to their mental wellbeing after taking part in the intervention programmes (Empower and Man On!).

Accepting the award was the Trust’s Head of Health and Wellbeing Andrew Garlick, as well as Wellbeing Project Delivery Coordinator, Ryan Gunn and Mental and Physical Wellbeing Officer, Liam Dwyer.

Liam Dwyer said: “We are all absolutely delighted and honoured to have won this award. For us, we are proud to be awarded this after two years of hard work, to have our impact on those we support across all four strands of the programme recognised by Sport and Recreation Alliance is fantastic.

“We would like to put on record our thanks to the Premier League Charitable Fund, Public Health Hertfordshire – including their Health Improvement Lead Jen Beer, our Positive Minds Facilitators, all the schools, services and participants who we have worked with, and anyone who has supported the programme in the last 24 months.

“Without their input we would not have had the success or impact we’ve have been able to achieve so far. We are now aiming to use this award win to continue building upon our current work.”