Brentford Penguins FC are raising funds to support the running costs of football training for young people with Down's Syndrome in West London.
The Penguins were set-up by former Brentford winger Allan Cockram last October 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 tragic 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.
Training takes place every Thursday evening throughout the year and has been self-funded to date. In order to sustain this exciting programme and keep the club running, the Penguins need to raise money for this wonderful project. All funds will go towards the running costs of the group, such as the hall hire, equipment, kit, and other extra-curricular activities which are organised on a regular basis throughout the season.
It has been proven through various studies that young people with Down's Syndrome have greater life expectancy when they engage in regular physical activity. The results from the Brentford Penguins group have already far exceeded expectations, with notable improvements seen in the health, attitude, behaviour and skill levels of the students participating since October 2017.
To pledge your support to the Brentford Penguins, visit their crowdfunder page.
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