A better community centre for Meriden

Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust is starting a complete refurbishment of Meriden Community Centre.

Published: Monday, 22nd February 2016

The first stage is set to be completed in early May with the installation of a state of the art artificial grass pitch. The refurbishment is thanks to a grant of £250,916 from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund, which is administered by the Football Foundation, as well as funds from Watford Borough Council, the Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation and Watford FC’s CSE Trust itself.


Replacing the weathered multi-use games area, the pitch will make better use of the space, be easier to look after and can be used in any weather. People of all ages and abilities will be able to make use of the new pitch.


The Trust are working through the final planning stages for the refurbishment of the rest of the centre.


Rob Smith, Community Director, Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust, said: “We hope that the community will take full advantage of the new pitch. It will provide excellent facilities for local players and teams that want to improve their skills and fitness as well as have some fun. It’s an exciting first step in our planned new look and feel for the centre.”


Watford Mayor Dorothy Thornhill said: “Meriden is a great community and I am happy to see that Watford FC supporting local people. Don’t worry if you are not local to Meriden, there are many other community centres across our area. Take a look at the Watford Council website.”

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