Dean Smith and players including Daniel Bentley and Sergi Canós took part in a special day that celebrated the achievements of Brentford FC Community Sports Trust. On Tuesday 20 March, all 72 EFL clubs came together for a memorable Community Day of Action. In West London, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust showcased three of their most life-changing community projects.
Brentford FC Head Coach Dean Smith, goalkeeper Daniel Bentley and midfield player Nico Yennaris took part in a Short Breaks Project at Osterley Sports Centre. The late afternoon athletics session is one of many put on as part of the project to provide much-needed respite to children with disabilities and their families.
Pictures from that event can be seen here and a video can be seen here. Victoria Romaner, whose daughter Isabella attends the project, spoke movingly of its impact. Isabella suffers from developmental delay and has hearing and sight issues. She also spoke to the BBC and that can be seen here.
Sergi Canós and Emiliano Marcondes visited a grassroots community coaching session in Acton, Ealing. They learned about the powerful impact sport can have for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds while doing some coaching and getting involved in the session. Pictures from that event can be seen here and a video can be seen here.
And at Griffin Park Brentford B players Zain Westbrooke, Bradley Clayton, Jarvis Edobor and Nikolaj Kirk were also involved in the day. After playing a friendly against Manchester United Under-23, the quartet attended a unique post-match press conference with excited school children at the Griffin Park Learning Zone.
The school children were transformed into journalists with the help of Phil Parry and Billy Reeves from BBC Radio London. After an introduction to the art of journalism the youngsters grilled the players on their performance and wrote a match report on the Brentford v Manchester United clash. Pictures from that event can be seen here and a video can be seen here. A transcript of interviews with Zain and Bradley can be seen here.
During the day, some of those involved spoke to brentfordfc.com. An interview with Nico Yennaris can be seen here, one with Brentford FC Vice Chairman Donald Kerr can be seen here and one with Project Leader Peter Shears is available here. Trust Chief Executive Lee Doyle also reflected on the day. His thoughts can be seen here.