James Murray, newly elected MP for Ealing North, visited our Kicks football session in Northolt last week. James Murray, who previously worked as Deputy Mayor for Housing under Sadiq Khan, was keen to learn about the Community Sports Trust involvement in the local community and how the Trust has cultivated successful projects in Ealing.

Speaking about attending the session, Mr Murray said: “It was great to learn that Brentford FC Community Sports Trust are making such a profound impact to young people in my constituency. I was delighted to learn that the Trust not only deliver grassroots football sessions such as Kicks, but they also offer much-needed respite to young carers through their Young Carers programme. I look forward to working closely with them on projects in my constituency and highlighting how sport can be the catalyst for changing young people’s lives.”

With Kicks being established in 2006, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust were one of the first organisations to take part in the pilot, with the aim of creating safe spaces for young people to enjoy football. Now, in 2020, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust boasts 14 Kicks sessions and engages with 600 young people. Along with football, the Trust also addresses topics covering everything from equality and inclusion to youth violence and knife crime.

Lee Doyle, Chief Executive of Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, was keen to highlight how the Trust’s work in Ealing encompasses more than just football projects. He said: “I think James was impressed with the scope and breadth of our projects in his constituency – particularly our transformational work for young carers and young people on the edge of care. Since the 1980s, Ealing has always been an integral location for our community projects and with James advocating strongly for our charity we hope to build on our existing success in the borough.”

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