Hornets players Adrian Mariappa and Adekite Fatuga-Dada have been awarded for their continued commitment to the Watford FC community. Both previous winners of the award, the quantity and quality of their engagement with members of the public, whether that’s appearances with the Club’s official charity – Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust (the Trust) or initiatives such as Junior Hornets and Hornets at Home, has earned them the PFA Community Champions award.
The PFA Community Champion Award aims to raise awareness of the great support that PFA members provide to their Club’s community activities during the season.
However, whilst Mariappa and Fatuga-Dada have been named winners of the award, the whole squad has given back to the community throughout the season with appearances and support to worthwhile causes and campaigns.
Highlights included Ben Foster’s support for Molly – a young Hornets fan with leukaemia:
As well as the visit of Nathaniel Chalobah, Andre Gray, Adrian Mariappa, Nina Wilson and Adekite Fatuga-Dada to the Trust’s hub in Harrow – Cedars Youth & Community Centre to meet young people taking part in the social inclusion programme PL Kicks:
And finally the attendance of both the award winners, alongside Daniel Bachmann, at the Trust’s celebration evening hosted at Vicarage Road Stadium earlier this year:
Community Director, Rob Smith said of the award:
“Adekite and Adrian are two fantastic role models for young people in our communities, they consistently showcase the values of Watford FC, the original family club. This year this has been as evident as ever, meeting fans of the club of course but also inspiring those that don’t have an affiliation with us through football.
I am particularly grateful for their support at our celebration event earlier this year, speaking on stage about their commitment to the community and why supporting the work of the Trust is so important. This trophy was the least we could do to acknowledge the contribution they have both made.”