Brentford attacker Sergi Canós has been speaking about the work being done by the squad to help in the community while being unable to leave home. The players, like the rest of the country, are only leaving home for essential journeys. They are not training as a group and there are no games, but they are assisting with the work of Brentford FC Community Sports Trust.
As part of the #BeeatHome initiative, the Trust are keeping people active at home. They are also using their time to teach some new skills, including gymnastics and football skills, as well as offering educational help. A full range of what is on offer as part of the #BeeatHome initiative can be seen here.
Sergi - who was named Community Player of the Year and PFA Community Champion in 2019 - has missed part of the season with a knee injury but has used the last six weeks without football to assist. Like other players, he has worked with the Trust to encourage people to stay active. And, speaking to The Independent last week, Sergi said the whole squad were united to help.
“We are a team that does these kinds of things,” he said. “It’s not just me, it’s everyone. We like to do this as a club and it gives an incredible feeling in the dressing room, because we are people before footballers, and all those things translate onto the pitch.”
Sergi has also worked to raise awareness around mental health and this became a pillar during his recovery from his knee injury. The attacker suffered the serious injury in October against Nottingham Forest. A date has not been set for his return but his work in the mental health area has been useful for him.
“With mental health, it’s important to talk about these things,” he said. “I think some people struggle to make those steps to find how to say: ‘I need help, I need to talk to someone’. I had my ups and downs [while injured]. I can’t describe how much my family have helped me these past months. It’s important to talk and if I didn’t when I had those downs, I wouldn’t have been able to make it up again.”