Brentford FC Community Sports Trust has secured a nomination for ‘Community Project of the Year’ at the London Football Awards on Thursday 1 March. The nomination is for the Trust’s journalism project, which is run in partnership with the Fearless Foundation. The community project encourages local children to unlock their creative potential and receive expert training by some of London’s leading sports journalists.
Over the past year, the project has engaged with more than 2,000 local children at Griffin Park Learning Zone – situated within the heart of Brentford’s stadium. The nomination was announced at the prestigious Coutts bank in London and Brentford were nominated along with QPR ‘s #Game4Grenfell and AFC Wimbledon’s girls’ football programme.
Lee Doyle, Chief Executive of Brentford FC CST, said: “We’re delighted to be shortlisted at the London Football Awards; our Fearless Journalism Project has empowered thousands of children to discover their talents through creative writing. Working in communities across west London, we continue to push the boundaries – helping more children and young people achieve their life goals.”
The Fearless Foundation was set up in memory of Danny Fullbrook – a well-known and respected journalist for the Daily Star.
Mark Dickinson, who was friends with Danny Fullbrook since their university days and helped set up the Fearless Foundation in 2013, said: “When we set up the Fearless Foundation our ethos was always about encouraging children and young people to be ‘fearless’ with their aspirations. By helping thousands of children discover their writing potential, Danny’s legacy lives on.”
Brentford FC is also up for a string of awards with Daniel Bentley in contention for the Goalkeeper of the Year prize while Romaine Sawyers and Josh Clarke are both on the five-man shortlist for the EFL Player of the Year. The winners will be announced on Thursday 1 March at Battersea Evolution as part of an evening which has become an increasingly high-profile event in the sporting calendar, with attendees in recent years including Arsene Wenger, Dimitri Payet, Aaron Ramsey, Roy Hodgson, Harry Redknapp and Harry Kane.
The awards, selected by a panel of leading ex-players, football administrators and journalists, raise funds for the Willow Foundation, the only national charity providing Special Days for seriously ill 16-40-year-olds. The charity was set up by former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson and his wife, Megs, in memory of their daughter Anna, who died of cancer aged just 31. Since 1999, the charity has fulfilled more than 13,000 Special Days for young adults living with life-threatening conditions such as cancer, motor neurone disease, cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy.