Players and staff visit events to showcase work done by Brentford FC Community Sports Trust in local community
Brentford players and staff were out and about in the local community yesterday as part of the EFL’s Community Day of Action, showcasing the impact of football-led community programmes and activities in towns and cities nationwide. The Brentford FC Community Sports Trust was formed in 1987 and is now one of the leading community organisations linked to a professional football club in the country. Employing 100 staff and volunteers, the Trust engaged with more than 11,000 participants last season alone across its key themes of sports participation, health, education and inclusion.
Tuesday's Day of Action started with Konstantin Kerschbaumer and Philipp Hofmann joining the BFC Futsal Club for a training session at Ealing, Hammersmith, and West London College. After running through a few attacking drills with the players, Konstantin and Philipp joined in a training match. Alongside their on-pitch work the club also offers Post-16 students a pathway to a sporting career or to Higher Education. All Futsal Club players study for a BTEC, alongside their playing time, with every member of last year’s group achieving a high enough pass to be eligible to apply for university.
After that the Day of Action headed West with Jarvis Edobor and Chris Mepham getting involved in a Kicks Social Inclusion session which seeks to divert disaffected youth via a range of positive activities and accredited outcomes into education, training, and employment. The B Team players joined in with the drills and then helped out coaching as the session moved on to match-based activities. The Premier League Kicks (formerly Kickz) project run by the Trust aims to use football to bring communities together and engage with young people in Ealing and Hounslow Borough.
The final event saw Rico Henry and Head Coach Dean Smith attend a Girls Development Centre session in Southall. The pair took over coaching part of the session and were happy to pass on advice and tips to the girls, aged between six and 16. More than 90 girls now attend the invite-only weekly sessions which aim to development their football skills in an enjoyable environment while also giving them a pathway into local grassroots clubs.
Brentford FC Community Sports Trust CEO Lee Doyle said: “We are embedded in communities and we think about how we can be progressive. We had different sessions organised today as part of the EFL Day of Action and that shows what is happening every day across the country throughout the year. It is a really good idea to try and shine a light on that.”
To find out more about the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust and their work in our local community click here.