Last week, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust hosted an exciting friendly against an elite Australian team called the Australian School of Football – who are based in Canberra. Participants from the Trust’s Premier League Kicks project played against the team at Northolt High School, a venue that regularly runs community coaching sessions for young people.
The players, who were riding high after their ten-goal thriller against academy players from Crystal Palace the week before, started the match in control – pressing forward and not allowing the opposition to be comfortable on the ball. Their hard work and possession was rewarded with an early goal – much to the delight of Brentford FC CST.
As the game progressed, energy levels from Brentford started to decrease, and the opposition became more comfortable with the ball. The Australian team’s commitment paid off with a late goal – making the final result 1-1.
Kevin Lema, Head Coach of the Premier League Kicks project, said:“Overall, I am very satisfied with the match. This was a fantastic opportunity for local players to play against young people from a different country – it was a great experience for everyone involved.”
Brentford FC CST runs an array of community engagement initiatives across west London; the Premier League Kicks project engages with more than 800 young people and has supported nearly 100 young people with mentoring and volunteering opportunities over the past year.
For more information about our community engagement projects please contact the Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0208 326 7030.