3 days ago

Hornets At Home: Your Chance To Help

Watford fans’ sense of community is renowned within the football industry – and supporters have a chance to show why we’re The Original Family Club with our ‘Hornets At Home’ initiative, during what’s set to be a difficult time for many due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The club has written to all of its elderly supporters and those with a disability, drawing information from its records held, offering the help of fellow Hornets’ fans. Assistance will also be made available to those who become house-bound through illness.

We have made a general appeal to Watford fans who are in a position to help others to show our famed community ethos – embedded into the club by the late, great Graham Taylor OBE and Sir Elton John – and come forward with their offer to volunteer; whether that be chats on the phone, picking up shopping or some general maintenance tasks.

We have had an excellent response with supporters, office staff, football staff and players all signing up to help out – and these volunteers have been matched up with those who have requested help.

The number of responses from volunteers has exceeded the number of requests for help, so we would also like to direct supporters wishing to volunteer to the following links:

 Watford Borough Council's Watford Helps (Volunteering & Support) Coronavirus support pages 

  • Sign up to help volunteer HERE.

NHS Volunteer Responders

  • The NHS Volunteer Responders page is also currently paused for new recruitment, but can be found HERE.

Thank you to all who have offered their assistance so far.

‘Hornets At Home’ – a chance for Watford fans to show why family and community values are so important to all of the club’s supporters.

First Team 4 days ago

Big Interview: Christian Kabasele

Defender Christian Kabasele talks about his African roots, loving family life and his spare-time activities in a self-penned interview...


AFRICAN ROOTS

I was very young when me and my family left the Democratic Republic of Congo but as I was growing up my parents told me almost everything about the difficulties of living there. We moved because of the uncertain situation in that moment – there were riots and people stealing things – and my parents always wanted to give me and my brother a better chance in life.

BEGINNINGS IN BELGIUM

It was impossible for us, so we moved to Belgium. It was not an easy decision for them to take because they left a lot of family behind, but they thought first of all about us and I thank them every day for that. My grandmother and aunts and most of my family are still there [Democratic Republic of Congo]. I still follow the political situation there because even if I’m not living there, it is still my home country. It’s in my plan to go back there some day but I haven’t found the right moment to do so yet.

FACING COMPATRIOTS

I enjoy playing against Michy Batshuayi in the Premier League, who I know from the Belgium national team. He’s a very good player, for me one of the best strikers, and I think he doesn’t receive the credit he deserves. When you see his numbers, especially in the national team, I think he’s scoring every 70 or 80 minutes. He’s a great goalscorer.

FAMILY MAN

When I’m not playing football I spend most of my time playing with my kids in the garden or the park. Since we had kids I don’t even watch the TV anymore. I have a boy and a girl who are both under four, so the time is going fast and I want to enjoy every single moment.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

I also enjoy following the NBA and the NFL. When they came to London I went to see both of the sports, and I took my son for the first time to an NFL game recently because he loves it as well. I’m in love with the New York Giants because I went to New York with my wife in 2012 and we watched a game there. The stadium was amazing and I loved it. In the NBA it’s the New York Knicks, for the same reason. We went to see a game and I’ve loved the team ever since.