Brentford’s match against Blackburn Rovers was dedicated to the local community and young people played a special role. The Club’s first ever Community Takeover Match took place as The Bees beat Blackburn 5-2 on Saturday 2 February, and children from Brentford FC Community Sports Trust’s projects had important matchday roles. Youngsters took over as Groundsman, Commercial Manager, Club Photographer and Club Shop Manager among many other roles and got involved with a matchday.
Leah Hunt took over as Head of Communications on the day. Leah was part of an education project – at Griffin Park Learning Zone – that supports pupils with their confidence and self-esteem. She joined journalists in the press box to write a match report and also conducted pre-match and post-match interviews.
Eira Griffiths, a budding female footballer, joined Thomas Frank in the Head Coach role. Eira is part of the Trust’s girls’ football project, which encourages girls to unlock their footballing potential. Part of Eira's role was to speak to the media before and after the game, including Leah.
The pre-match chat between Leah and Eira can be seen below.
And they caught up again post-match.