The owner of Brentford FC, Matthew Benham, visited Brentford FC Community Sports Trust last Monday with Nity Raj – one of the club’s directors. They experienced a ‘day in the life of the Trust’ – learning about the charity’s extensive community work and visiting Griffin Park Learning Zone – a vibrant space that supports local children and young people in education and mentoring.
Matthew was certainly impressed with the Trust’s engagement stats with more than 6,000 coaching, education and mentoring sessions delivered over the past 12 months.
Matthew said: “On our recent visit, we saw the breadth of activities the Trust is involved with. It was great to see how we are positively affecting the lives of so many people, bringing opportunities for learning, health and fitness to the people that need it most in the club’s local community.”
Lee Doyle, Chief Executive of Brentford FC CST said:“We discussed the culture, values and working practices that will promote success both on and off the pitch. Success does not happen by chance and by understanding how we can work better together we are setting a framework for continuous improvement.”
Nity Raj, pictured below, also attended a football coaching session at Green Dragon Housing Estate near Griffin Park.
He said: “It was inspiring to see how much work the Trust is doing in the community. A highlight for me was being part of the street sports session at the Green Dragon Estate. I spoke to parents who told me that the sessions provided a much needed opportunity for kids to meet from different towers, have some fun together and develop their football skills.”
With community work spanning three decades, the Trust offer a portfolio of programmes that educate, motivate and inspire people from all walks of life.