As part of the Brentford SportsFEST event earlier this month, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust hosted a special heart screening with the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). Held at the Hilton Syon Park, more than 80 young people benefited from the heart screening and no cardiac abnormalities were detected among the people screened.

The screening was established in memory of Brentford FC’s Sporting Director Robert Rowan, whose life was tragically cut short in November 2018 when he suffered a fatal cardiomyopathy episode at only 28 years of age. Every week in the UK, around 12 young people (under the age of 35) die suddenly from a previously undiagnosed heart condition.  80 per cent of these deaths will occur with no prior symptoms.

Andy Scott, who worked with Robert during one of his three spells at Brentford FC, was at the event. He spoke about the screening and his work as a Patron of CRY.