Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith was a special guest at the London Tigers Annual Awards Ceremony in Porchester Hall, London, on Wednesday 25 October.
London Tigers is an award winning charity that uses sports to engage with disadvantaged communities across London, highly recognised for its community integration work using sports to tackle a wide range of social issues such as drugs, crime, gang culture, unemployment and community integration.
Last month's event celebrated the achievements of London Tigers participants, volunteers and staff, with over 100 awards given out on the day to a diverse range of people from different nationalities, age and background and from across the London
As well as Dean, special guests at the event included MP and international football referee Douglas Ross, Olympic boxer, John Joe Nevin, and Paralympic Badminton Champion Sharon Barne-Jones.
“I was delighted to represent Brentford FC at the London Tigers Annual Awards Ceremony,” said Dean. “It was great to meet so many of the winners and see the work of participants, staff and volunteers marked at an event like this – I hope everyone that attended enjoyed it as much as I did.”
Brentford and London Tigers developed a close relationship after working on a Sport England funded project, Southall Sports Synergy, which aimed to unite local disadvantaged communities, improve sports participation and volunteering and educate through workshops on issues such as obesity, crime and more.
As part of the project, Brentford's Community Sports Trust provided a coach for football sessions, access to the GPLZ, volunteer and coach employment opportunities, tournaments, activity access for participants within their Ealing Kicks project and 150 match tickets annually to local residents.