Brentford Penguins FC, a team for people with Down's Syndrome, is now up and running. The club is the brainchild of former Bees winger Allan Cockram and is open to people aged eight to 30 who want to play football and enjoy themselves while getting some exercise.
Allan spent four years with The Bees and was part of the team which reached the 1988/89 FA Cup Quarter-Finals, playing seven times during that run. The former-winger had been coaching in the USA but returned home to take up a part-time job at UCL.
Inspired by the death from Down’s Syndrome of his best friend’s son, Allan decided to use his free-time to set up the Penguins with help from Dan Wood, founder of the World Freestyle Football Federation, Victoria Smith, and with promotional help through the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust’s extensive community network.
They ran a taster session at the start of October and the Club has now been running for four weeks. Sessions run every Thursday from 6.30-8.00pm at the Brentside High School Sports Hall, Greenford Ave, Hanwell, London W7 1JJ. A video showing some of the action from those sessions can be seen here.