PL Kicks - Matchday Package
Saturday 28th October 2017
Kicks U16 Squad List: Jurgen Berisha, Isaac Grant, Meluleki Mpande, Archie Sayer, Kavanagh Byron, Nathan Tannion, Haidar Said, Mustafa Samir, Abdi Hassan, Clinton Agyekum-Tenkarang
With community cohesion in mind, we arranged a ‘Kicks’ Matchday Package vs Stoke City. Participants from both Trust’s came together to play in an 8v8 friendly match, attend a substance misuse workshop and get the chance to watch the Hornets at Vicarage Road Stadium.
“I thought it was a really good day out and I enjoyed every minute of it! I learned that you should enjoy every moment of life and be happy and lucky that you have parents that are there for you and love you. I really liked playing against Stoke City and meeting their players. I would just like to say thank you to Watford FC CSE Trust for giving me the opportunity!” (Archie Sayer)
We partnered with Russell Symons from Impressionable Minds who delivered a fascinating workshop to both sets of players around the causes and effects of illegal substances. His stories and life experiences certainly stunned the young people as Russell drummed home his message of how to avoid making the same life choices he did at their age. We hope to work with Russell again in the future, as we have received very insightful feedback from the classroom based session which we hope will have a positive impact in the long term.
After the workshop, a friendly took place on the Westfield Academy 3G. Despite Watford running away with the victory, the game was played in a respectful manner, with both teams showing teamwork skills, fair play and sportsmanship. The game gave the young people the opportunity to build positive relationships with one another by sharing their own stories and finding common interests.
Premier League Fixture
Despite a disappointing result for the Hornets, largely due to Stoke City’s resilience and defensive organisation, the Kicks participants were very grateful to be given the chance to witness a Premier League game at Vicarage Road Stadium. Sitting together for the duration of the match allowed for new friendships to be formed, and of course some football rivalry banter!
Our young people’s behaviour was exemplary throughout the day, and they showcased the Trust and the Kicks Project in the best possible light.