To mark the EFL Community Day of Action, Brentford FC Head Coach Dean Smith and his players will be out and about in the local area. Representatives of the First Team and B Team squads will showcase the community work of Brentford FC Community Sports Trust on the Day of Action today, Tuesday 20 March. They will attend events and highlight what goes on in the name of Brentford FC in the community.
From Plymouth to Peterborough and Sunderland to Southend, EFL Clubs across all three divisions will showcase the innovative and ground-breaking work they do for young people in tackling some of the biggest issues in society across education, health, community engagement and participation. Dean will join Daniel Bentley and Nico Yennaris at the Short Breaks project, which provides much-needed respite to children with disabilities. Sergi Canós and Emiliano Marcondes Camargo Hansen will take part in a grassroots community coaching session at Acton Park in Ealing and a selection of B Team players will take part in the Trust’s education project at Griffin Park Learning Zone.
Dean said: “Our Community Sports Trust is a big part of what we are and who we are at Brentford FC. Our ties with the community are through the Trust and in my experience, it is one of the best that's out there and touching parts you wouldn't normally get to. The EFL Community Day of Action is a chance to show this off. I am proud to be part of the day and I am pleased that so many of our players will be out in the community getting involved.”
The EFL Community Day of Action, which brings together all 72 EFL clubs, has been earmarked to raise awareness of football clubs’ involvement in local communities. With more than 1 million people now participating in football-led community programmes, the Day of Action highlights the positive impact football can have in changing young people’s lives.
EFL Chairman Ian Lenagan said: “Football continues to support its communities seven days a week, 365 days a year through our unique network of Club community trusts. Bringing all 72 together on one day for the EFL Day of Action highlights the special role the EFL has in society and our collective ability to make a positive and lasting impact to the lives of millions of people."
Established in 1987, Brentford FC’s Community Sports Trust is now one of the leading community organisations linked to a professional football club in the country - engaging with more than 11,000 people across West London.