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Watford FC to run community centre in the Meriden estate
The running of a community centre in the Meriden estate has been taken over by Watford FC.
The Hornets’ community sports & education trust successfully tendered for the management of the Meriden Community Centre in Garsmouth Way and will now work alongside Watford Borough Council in managing it.
The trust has already established a team of people at the centre including a new centre manager, two duty officers and a cleaner and says it aims to establish a forum to allow local people to have their say on how it is run.
Club officials say there are also plans to invest in upgrading the facilities but will consult with the community to ensure the new community hub is fit for purpose.
The centre currently hosts a range of activities for people of all ages including an art club, 50+ line dancing, youth club activities, dance and judo.
Watford Mayor, Dorothy Thornhill said: "Whilst other areas of the country have had to close community centres and facilities, I am delighted that here in Watford we have been able to invest and modernise five of our council community centres and secure their future.
"This is the last to have its operator finalised, but I know it will be in very good hands as Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust is highly regarded. They will provide a better service that will reach more people, for less money - so it is a win-win."
Rob Smith, Community Director at Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust, added: "We are delighted the transfer of the centre has now been completed.
"The focus for the Trust now is to work with local partners in developing a vibrant community centre which caters for all."