To mark the start of the EFL Community Day of Action, Brentford B Team Assistant Coach Allan Steele joined Strength and Conditioning Coach Tom Perryman last night for a fitness session with local residents in Richmond. The session, which saw a number of Brentford fans take part, aims to improve men’s fitness and live healthier lifestyles. The men were put through their paces as they took part in a series of challenging exercises to improve their fitness and lose weight by Brentford’s FC’s football and fitness experts.
The initiative is just one of a number of events taking place to highlight Brentford FC Community Sports Trust's important work in west London. The celebration of community work is taking place across the country today, Tuesday 19 March, on the EFL Community Day of Action.
Allan Steele said: “As a club, I think we have a responsibility to use the power of football for a good purpose - reaching out to the local community and making a meangiful impact. Every day we speak to the players about keeping fit and living a healthy lifestyle - I suppose the question is why wouldn’t we use our skills and experience to help the men here today in the same way.”
Brentford FC will highlight the legacy of sports journalist Danny Fullbrook through its journalism project with the Club’s Community Sports Trust. More than 60 pupils from Heston Primary School will join Brentford players Yoann Barbet, Emiliano Marcondes and Tom Field for a masterclass in sports journalism. The journalism project, which is run in partnership with the Fearless Foundation and Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, supports local children with their creative potential.
And pupils will unlock this potential when they take part in an exclusive Sky Sports News press conference with the EFL’s CEO Shaun Harvey on Tuesday morning. Both events will see local schoolchildren receive expert training from some of the country’s leading journalists.
Along with its journalism project, Brentford top goal scorer Neal Maupay will join defender Julian Jeanvier for a grassroots football coaching session in Southall. The project, run in partnership with the housing provider A2Dominion and BBC Children in Need, is credited with creating a safe space for young people to enjoy sport.
The EFL Day of Action will see all 72 EFL Clubs come together to highlight the work undertaken to tackle some of society’s biggest issues. Up and down the country, managers and players from the EFL’s 72 Clubs will also be attending events to pay special visits to participants and turn their hand to some of the activities taking place throughout the day.
EFL Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey said: “The EFL Day of Action brings together all 72 Clubs to highlight the special role they play in enhancing the lives of millions of people around the country. The scale of ground-breaking projects across our network of clubs continues to grow year-on-year and their delivery is integral to our aims of improving lives in a range of areas including inclusion, homelessness, education and health.”