First Team 11/03/2020

Hughes: “The Fans Play Such A Big Part”

By Kevin Affleck

Will Hughes wants to give Leicester City the same sort of searching examination Liverpool and Manchester United got when the Foxes come to Vicarage Road on Saturday.

The Hornets have only lost one of their last seven Premier League matches at home and kept five clean sheets in the process. Only Liverpool have won more points at home since Nigel Pearson's first match in charge. With five of the remaining nine games this season taking place in WD18, that sort of form is going to be crucial if the Golden Boys are to stay out of the bottom three.

“Going into the last nine, every game is huge now,” said Hughes. “We'll look to win every game, home and away, but the likelihood is that the home form is going to be massively important.

“At home we are capable of anything, as we showed against Liverpool. Our away form has been a bit off-ish lately which is frustrating, but we are a real threat at home and we are keen to keep that going against Leicester.

“The fans play such a big part, especially against Liverpool. After we scored the first goal, they really helped push us through.”

The Hornets are outside the relegation zone on goal difference and the number crunching and outcome of the remaining fixtures of all the sides down there is well underway by fans and pundits.

“You can't look at it and say we need a certain amount of points or we'll pick up points there or pick points here,” said Hughes.

“We are going into every game looking to win it and that's the mentality we all have. Things change week by week, teams pick up results when you wouldn't expect them to, so you do have to take it game by game.”

The next one is against Brendan Rodgers' side and the Hornets are eyeing a fourth successive home 2-1 win over the team from the East Midlands.

“They are a good side and you just have to look at where they are in the league to see that,” said Hughes. “They've been really consistent throughout and are on the up after that win over Villa, but they are coming to our place and they know what a difficult game it's going to be. We'll be doing our best to make it difficult and win the game.”


Careers: Trust Community Coach (Core School Delivery)

An exciting opportunity to work for Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust as a Community Coach (Core School Delivery) has become available.

The Trust is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, motivated and committed individual to this 25 hours per week, part-time role. This position presents an exciting opportunity for a dynamic individual to join our team, based at Watford FC training ground, London Colney.

The postholder will be responsible for delivering and organising one of the Trust’s School Sport PPA (Planning Preparation and Assessment) contracts. This role will also include delivery across other school-based programmes including after school sessions, PL Primary Stars and Move & Learn. In addition, the post holder will be expected to be involved in delivery of one of the Trust’s Player Development Centres.

The role involves providing high quality football/sports coaching and education sessions for children and teachers in selected primary schools, both during curriculum and extra-curriculum time, with the aim of retaining and increasing the number of schools working with the Trust. 

The postholder’s role is to educate young people around enjoying the benefits of sport with the aim of enhancing their physical literacy and fundamental movement skills. Outside of school term times the postholder will be expected to deliver their weekly contracted hours on other Trust related activities including holiday courses.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • At least two years’ experience of working with children and young people of all abilities in a school environment.
  • Coaching qualifications including a Level 1 in Coaching Football, First Aid and Safeguarding.
  • Experience of delivering PE / educational content within a primary school setting.
  • Experience of working with teachers in a primary school setting.
  • Proficient IT skills including presentation skills.
  • Good organisational and problem-solving skills. 
  • A full and valid UK Driving Licence, as well as access to a vehicle for work.
  • A passion to make a difference through sport and education.


  • Working towards achieving or has completed the Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport award (AFPE)
  • Good knowledge of the Primary School Curriculum and OFSTED guidelines for PE in schools

Applicants will need to have a flexible approach to work and be available during curriculum and extra curriculum time. In return, we will support and develop the successful candidate.

To request an application form and job description please contact Sophie Read on 01923 496352 or by e-mail at Please apply by sending your application form and a covering letter outlining your suitability for the position, via e-mail to Sophie Read, or by post to Sophie Read, Trust Business Support Officer, Watford FC CSE Trust, Vicarage Road Stadium, Watford, Herts, WD18 0ER.  Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Download the job description HERE.

Closing Date: Monday March 23, 5pm

Interview Date: Thursday March 26*

*The interview will consist of practical delivery and a spoken interview

Watford FC’s Community Sports & Education Trust is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  The necessary Disclosure and Barring Service check will apply to this post.

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