Brentford FC Community Sports Trust hosted a special event last month. It was announced before Christmas that the Premier League and Barclays had agreed a new three-year sponsorship deal through to the 2024/25 season. The extension was announced at the same time as Barclays extended its sponsorship deal of women's football with The Football Association (The FA) for a similar period from the start of the 2022/23 season until the end of the 2024/25 season. Our Trust hosted the launch event for the announcement.
Girls from Ealing Fields High School were invited down to Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub for the launch. They took part in a football masterclass and met former England striker Kelly Smith. The Premier League and Women's Super League trophies were also on site.
Barclays and the Premier League are this season celebrating 20 years as partners and the two organisations have agreed to extend their Banking Partner deal until 2025. Barclays will also invest more than £30million in women and girls’ football over the period from 2022-2025, doubling the existing investment, and setting a record for investment in UK women’s sport. See the full story here.
The Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub officially opened last year. It is a collaboration between Ealing and Hounslow Councils and involves Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, University of West London, the London International School and local leisure provider Better. The facilities include two top-level, floodlit 3G artificial pitches, as well as grass pitches, also suitable for rugby and cricket, plus an eight-team changing pavilion; a gym; a studio; and a sports hall, ideal for indoor sports.
The Sports Hub is being utilised by all of the Trust's departments, highlighting their mission of realising potential and providing opportunities to everyone. The event showcased it to an even wider audience. See more below.