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The school pitch

As well as leading Watford to another successful Premier League finish, and slotting his 100th goal for the club, Troy Deeney has been busy raising money for Garston Manor School in Watford. 

Troy and his wife, Stacey, set up the Troy Deeney Foundation this year, with the mission of helping kids with learning disabilities and life-limiting illness, by breaking down their barriers to society.

Deeney and his wife visited a number of schools to work out which institution they would be best-placed to help in their first project. 

“Garston Manor was the only one that hit home,” Deeney tells FS.

“We knew straight away. The workers are fantastic. The way they care about the kids shone through.”

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The specialist secondary school for children with autism and learning difficulties needed £40,000 for a multi-purpose sports arena to replace the hard gravel pitch.

“Kids with autism don’t like change, and having builders in can mess up the vibe,” Deeney explains, “so we want to have this ready when they go back to school [this September].”

Deeney wants to help out in other parts of the UK, too. As well as providing funding, he hopes it will shine a light on the wider issue. Educational institutes, especially for kids with learning difficulties, really do need the extra support. A charity golf day and dinner at The Grove last month helped, and members of the public are donating, too.

“Every penny counts, and we appreciate any help. We want everyone to feel like they’re part of what we’re trying to do.”  

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Donate at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Troy-Deeney-Foundation

Lead Photo Tom Miles

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