Watford FC and their official charity Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust (Trust) have partnered with several local businesses, through Watford FC Premier Network (WPN) to launch a new initiative that aims to educate and inspire local young people into the world of work.
This initiative will be aimed at 12 to 25-year-olds and will complement the Trusts’ current youth provision.
The young people on their programmes will now have access to a range of local opportunities, sector specific training and career related activity via a number of resources, guest speaker workshops and personal connections.
Rob Smith, Community Director at the Trust, said: “We are proud of our positive track record in the youth engagement sector, but we are always looking for ways to improve our offer.
“The Watford FC Youth Network allows us to do just that; with the generous support and knowledge of many local businesses we can give young people a unique view of the world of work and hopefully inspire the next generation of business people.”
Watford FC setup WPN in 2019 with a drive to connect local businesses through a love of sport, providing events and networking opportunities to celebrate stories and share learnings from across both business and sport.
Joint founder of WPN and Commercial Director at Watford FC, Paul O’Brien added: “Right from the outset we wanted to create a supportive and inspirational professional network that would unite the business community with a mutual love of Watford and sport. With the ethos of WPN being about growing together, it seemed the next most logical step was to work with the Trust’s youth development team to develop a professional support network for the young people in our community, we look forward to seeing the network grow.”
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