ITV News have shared Brentford FC Community Sports Trust's new initiative, which has seen hundreds children receive free activity packs to keep them active and healthy within their homes during this period, with the rest of London. The initiative, developed in partnership with Hounslow Council, will see packs delivered across housing estates in Hounslow over the next couple of weeks. The first drop was at Brentford Towers on 6 May and the story featured on ITV News in London on Tuesday, May 19.
With the Trust’s involvement in the borough spanning more than three decades, the activity packs were created to replace the free sports and youth activity sessions it usually runs every week in partnership with Hounslow Council. Prior to the government lockdown, the Trust was delivering weekly sports sessions to more than 500 children and young people across seven estates in Hounslow. With many local families struggling with the impact of the lockdown, the activity packs, which include a foam football and physical activity resources, were designed to provide much-needed respite to children across the borough.
Brentford striker Ollie Watkins is also lending a hand and featured in the news story. Ollie has worked with the Trust at Brentford Towers in the past and has recorded a message to encourage families to make the most of the pack drop. See the full piece here.
ITV News are not the only media showing an interest. Luke Skelhorn, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust Operations Director, spoke to BBC London about the activity pack drop at the start of last week. You can listen to that piece here.