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The John Henry Newman Catholic School and The Nobel School learn about the World of Work at Waford F

Year 9 students on the Rising Futures programme from The John Henry Newman Catholic School and The Nobel School participated in their World of Work day at Watford FC on Thursday 6th December.

We were greeted by Lucy, our guide for the day, at the media suite entrance to the stadium. It was really exciting to see the room that is normally only seen on screen for pre and post match interviews!

Lucy introduced herself to the group and explained her role as part of the charity component of the football club. We then took a full tour of the stadium which was access all areas, including the pitch side dug outs and changing rooms!

As we toured, Lucy pointed out all the different jobs which have to be completed in order to run Premier League fixtures throughout the season. Many of the students had never considered the wide variety of career roles available within a football club before and it was a real eye opener to consider the vast array of opportunities that Premier League football creates, beyond that of player and manager.

It was also interesting to hear about the ever changing development of the club. Lucy pointed out the current works going on to increase disabled access, the newly opened sensory room for fans with additional needs and plans to further increase general seat capacity in the future. Lucy also pointed out the role of corporate sponsors and we enjoyed having a sneak peek in to one of the top level boxes!

After lunch, Lucy organised our very own press conference in the media suite. The students got to test their presentation and communication skills by acting as a manager or player and answering questions from the “press officers” sitting in front of them. It was great to see so many of our students confidently speaking into the microphones and responding to questions from the floor!


Finally, Lucy gave us some more information on her role as part of the charity sector of the club and her involvement with the broader community, including schools, clubs and other charity organisations. The students had the opportunity to ask any final questions before we waved goodbye to the stadium and hopped back on the coach home!

It really was a fantastic day – Thank you to Watford FC and Lucy for hosting us!

Our World of Work days is an integral part of our Yes Futures programmes.

To find out more about the programmes and how we can support your students, please contact Sophie Bartlett:

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