A community initiative set up by former Watford players has been handed a £1,000 boost by a housing developer.
The Former Players Club was recently set up ex-Hornets including Watford legend Luther Blissett as a way of “giving back” to those in the community that supported them.
It was created to uphold the spirit of Graham Taylor OBE and the initiative has been helped by a £1,000 donation by CALA Homes (Chiltern).
The funding will enable the club to provide essential resources to launch fully and start delivering services for fans ranging from mental health training to events, youth mentoring and wellness community groups.
Using their personal experiences, the ex-footballers are also working with veterans to overcome retirement challenges as well as offering retraining courses and the chance to participate in mental health programmes.
Luther Blissett, ambassador at the Former Players Club said: “We are absolutely thrilled and quite amazed to have been identified by CALA Homes to receive funding.
“I and many others who played for Watford and consider ourselves “Taylor Made” were brought up at the club to put our community duties up there alongside our playing challenges.
“We wanted to recreate that unique team and town spirit and use our own life journeys to help inspire people of all ages on and off the pitch in Graham Taylor’s name. Already a great deal of work has been done and we are now waiting to launch workshops and events, which this funding will help us to kick off.”