In December 2012 Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust took over the running of Merdien Community Centre from Watford Borough Council with plans to refurbish and improve the centre both internally and externally. Their aim was to “develop a vibrant youth and community centre aiming to enhance the lives of local residents providing social benefits with its diverse programme of activities.”
As part of the plan to improve the external facilities, the Trust applied for funding to contribute towards a brand new 3G pitch for football. Watford Community Sports & Education Trust were successfully awarded a grant of £250,916 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, as well as funds from Watford Borough Council, The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation and Watford FC’s CSE Trust itself.
After a successful tender, McArdle Sport Tec were selected with TigerTurf to construct and install the new 61m x 43m pitch complete with fencing and floodlighting at an old tarmac site within the community centre grounds.
During the construction programme, the site was visited by the Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill. The Trust’s Community Director Rob Smith and Head of Community Facilities Steve Williams met with Mayor Dorothy to show the progress made to date.
Watford stars Troy Deeney, Heurelho Gomes and Jerome Sinclair joined Graham Taylor OBE, Hornets legend and Football Foundation Ambassador, officially unveiled Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust’s (CSET) new 3G pitch in November 2016.