In December 2012 the Trust took over the running of Meriden Community Centre from Watford Borough Council amidst plans to refurbish the centre both internally and externally, including a projected redevelopment of a tarmac area.
Four years later, in November 2016, Meriden Community Centre officially re-opened after a nearly £2million investment from a number of organisations and a complete refurbishment of the facilities both internally and externally.
A host of special guests were on hand to help Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust commemorate the official re-opening of the Meriden Community Centre after an almost £2million refurbishment. Elected Mayor of Watford Baroness Dorothy Thornhill MBE, former Watford FC and England manager Graham Taylor OBE, and Watford FC’s Troy Deeney, Heurelho Gomes and Jerome Sinclair all joined Meriden Community Centre funders and Trust partners to celebrate the momentous occasion.
The Meriden Community Centre project was made possible by funding and support from several organisations; Sport England, Watford Borough Council, The FA and Premier League Facilities Fund delivered by the Football Foundation, Watford Community Housing Trust, Watford Football Club as well as Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust itself. The vision of all of these organisations has now been made reality as the Centre boasts brand new facilities such as the 3G artificial grass pitch, male and female changing rooms and state of the art gym, as well as the revamped main hall, flexible space and café.
The refurbished facility has been designed for the whole of the local community, irrespective of age, ability, gender, ethnicity, or background. The Meriden Centre will offer everything from 5-a-side to a Veterans League, while also equipped for table tennis, yoga, martial arts and dance. As well as sport, the Centre will offer areas for hire and a variety of activities such as, art class, music gym and social clubs.