Embroidered laundry bags for frontline workers

“We’re seeing five times the number of funerals”

May and June are usually the busiest months for Pot Pourri, the florist on Chiswick High Rd.

“We have lost all the weddings and the events we usually cater for” says owner Dominic Hughes. “I had an August wedding postponed just yesterday. We’ve also lost all our corporate work. People like the hotel chains – Novotel in Hammersmith for example – and the private schools which normally have flowers for their end of year presentations and dinners.”

The shop is closed, but Dom and his colleague Louise are working, taking orders online and over the phone. What they’ve lost in weddings, they’ve made up for in funerals.

“There has been a marked increase in the number of funerals. We are seeing five times the number we normally do at this time of year”.

Image above: ‘Dom’s bunch’

“People have been so kind”

I spoke to Dom just as he arrived back from his second trip to a funeral parlour that day. But there is a brighter side to the pattern of consumer demand.

They are also doing brisk business with bouquets as presents for all occasions – birthdays, anniversaries, or just people trying to cheer up their friends and themselves. They’ve also found that people want to support the shop and keep the business going during these difficult times.

“We’ve had so many nice notes from people saying they want to support us” he told The Chiswick Calendar. “People have been so kind”.

Dom has started doing a Coronavirus lockdown special – a bouquet of flowers he calls ‘Dom’s bunch’ for £15. Buy one of those and a pound goes to the NHS.

To order flowers from Pot Pourri, phone the shop on 0203 936 8974 or order online

potpourriflowers.co.uk

Autocheck Chiswick open for business

“Many of my customers are surprised to find we’re still open” says Les Magiera, owner of Autocheck Chiswick.

Garages are allowed to remain open, as they provide an essential services, but the Government has given drivers six months lee-way on getting their MOT done and since very few people are driving anywhere, he’s had very few customers over the last month.

“We’re not closed, but we’re not open every day” says Les, “We only open when we build up enough work and then we don’t open with a full staff”.

Before the lockdown the garage was always very busy, working six days a week. A well-established car servicing and body repair specialist, Les, who opened the business in 1983, specialises in German cars, including BMW, Audi, VW and Mercedes Benz. The business has grown a strong reputation for reliability and service quality, undertaking all manner of car maintenance and body work as well as MOTs.

“Business has halved”

Since the lockdown his business has halved.

“A lot of people don’t realise we’re still open” he says. “To be honest it’s a bit of a mess. Nothing is a hundred percent clear. The Government has told people to stay home, so that means less work for for us. I think the Government should have done a proper lockdown so that everything stopped. A stricter lockdown would have been better. Spain and Italy have had a stricter lockdown”.

I asked Les whether they are able to maintain cars and practice social distancing, with one mechanic working on each car.

“No, not really” he tells me. “Very often you need a hand from another guy and you have to work closely”. His mechanics come to work by public transport, one from east London, another from Hanwell, so they are at risk.

Line many other businesses he has had to make the decision whether to furlough his staff or keep going and bring in enough money to pay them. “Everyone has taken a cut” he says.

Read more stories on The Chiswick Calendar

See more: Work restarts on the Chiswick Cinema site

See more: The Good Wine Shop is closed, but is taking online bookings and delivering wine to your door

Work restarts on the Chiswick Cinema site

Work has started again on the Chiswick Cinema site, which has been shut down for over a month. Builders from Conemar started back at the site earlier this week.

“The Government is beginning to encourage construction again” says Lyn Goleby, the entrepreneur behind the Chiswick Cinema, “and the workers on our site will be working in a socially distanced way.”

What are her thoughts on when the cinema will now open and how the movie-going landscape has changed as a result of the Coronavirus? She spoke to The Chiswick Calendar.

Image above: Lyn Goleby

Sky News is reporting today that when cinemas reopen, Odeon cinemas will not be showing Universal films. The reason? Universal released Trolls World Tour direct to on demand services, since the cinemas are shut.

“The row is over blown by the media” Lyn tells me. “It’s more likely that Cineworld will only show Universal films if they agree to abide by the 17 week window, allowing films to be shown in cinemas first”.

Having a film available only in the cinema makes it more special, the consumer feels they’re privy to something which is not universally available; they’re seeing it first and it gives going out watch a film on a big screen a sense of occasion. But the row is symptomatic of the concern in the film industry about how the experience of the Coronavirus lockdown, with the public consuming all their films at home, will affect the cinema landscape once the lockdown is eased. Will people want to go and sit in an enclosed space, next to strangers? Some cinemas are considering selling tickets just for alternate seats, but it depends on their capacity, says Lyn. For some that is just not viable.

“It’s very difficult in low capacity cinemas with fewer seats. It will probably be easier for multiplexes with a lot of screens and spare seats, and harder on independents”.

Images above: Mark Brown, project manager; Cinema site as it was in November 2019

At the moment it hasn’t affected her thinking on how the public’s experience at Chiswick Cinema will be.

“We’ll see what the landscape looks like towards the end of this year, whether there will be an immediate bounce back or whether people will react with fear and caution. A big bit of me says people are impatient to get back. There’s been too much fear spread by the media, with the emphasis always on the death toll”.

Her only concession to the Coronavirus so far has been to plan for automated ticket machines.

“We had them in the plan originally, but then I decided against them. preferring personal customer service. Now I think I will probably put them back in”.

“We won’t be opening in September”

Where she has been forced to compromise is on the date the cinema will be ready. Not only has their been no work on the site for over a month, but supply chains in the building industry have been disrupted.

“We won’t be opening in September” she says. “Inevitably there will be a delay”. They had the steels and fixings on site already, before everything was shut down but they are waiting for a revised schedule from Conemar, who are in turn talking to their suppliers.

But at least they’re back at work and the show is on the road again.

Read more stories on The Chiswick Calendar

See also: Chiswick Cinema update, November 2019

See also: Perspex screens go up in Snappy Snaps

The latest from the #BeeatHome campaign

Dedicated #BeeatHome webpage launched

Children, young people and parents home-schooling can access engaging educational and physical activity content. Along with maths and literacy challenges, there is a range of physical exercises – developed by experienced coaches. You can find all the content here.

Primary Stars coordinator talks to BBC Radio London

Primary Stars coordinator, Calum McHardy, spoke to BBC Radio London last week about the #BeeatHome campaign and the work supporting parents home-schooling through Premier League’s Primary Stars content. Listen to the interview here.

Chair-based exercise class for older people who might be self-isolating launched

Following on from the success of online health classes, a chair-based exercise class for those over the age of 60 or adults with limited mobility will start this week. The sessions will be held every Wednesday at 10.30am and will start on Wednesday, 15 April. Funded by One You Hounslow, the sessions are available for adults who live or work in Hounslow.

These sessions are ideal for older people self-isolating. The class will focus on strengthening muscles that are used in everyday activity and at a pace that suits participants involved. You can book your place at health@brentfordfccst.com.

The 30-Second Series challenge goes global

The second 30-second challenge was launched this week and Football Development triallist Jin Woo Pyo joined in from South Korea. Watch his video here.

For more information about community activities please email us at communications@brentfordfccst.com or you can donate to the Trust here.

Trust offering Premier League Primary Stars resources

As part of the #BeeatHome initiative, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust are making education resources available. The Premier League’s Primary Stars scheme provides free, flexible and easy-to-use curriculum-inked teaching resources for schools. And while schools are closed to the majority of children, these are available on the Trust’s website.

A mental arithmatic challenge was made available can be seen here. You can also use Ethan Pinnock to test your child’s way with words. See more here. Ollie Watkins and David Rayacan also help your child with their language skills. See more here and here.

The Trust have now launched a PLPS Educational Resources portal. They have various educational resources for young people ages 5 to 12 years old. Sign up here.

Chair-based exercise for the over 60s in Hounslow

Following on from the success of online health classes, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust are launching a chair-based exercise class for those over the age of 60 or those with limited mobility. Delivered by experienced and qualified instructors, this class is ideal for older people self-isolating during Coronavirus outbreak.

The sessions will be held every Wednesday at 10.30am and will start on Wednesday 15 April. Funded by One You Hounslow, the sessions are available for adults who live or work in Hounslow. Streamed via online platform Zoom, the class will focus on strengthening muscles that are used in everyday activity and at a pace that suits participants involved.

Carol Clark, Interim Health Programmes Lead, said: “Exercising in later life can help improve muscle strength and balance, which helps with everyday tasks, such as walking up stairs or reaching up into a cupboard. These classes will help people who are self-isolating to connect with other members of their community and reduce feelings of isolation while helping them to maintain their health and fitness.”

The #BeeatHome campaign encourages children and adults to stay active within their homes. The Trust aims to deliver educational and physical activity content to children and adults in the local area while simultaneously urging people to stay at home to help save lives. To book your place email health@brentfordfccst.com.

Football Development Centre Challenge: Dribbling

As part of the #BeeatHome initiative, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust are running  football skills challenges and the latest has been released today. The Trust’s Football Development Centre, where youngsters get a a high-quality football education experience – enabling them to improve in a player-centred environment, has released it’s latest challenge. Have a look at the Dribbling challenge below.

This is the second weekly challenge from the Football Development Centre after a Five Level Challenge, kept fans busy last week. You can see more on the Football Development Centre here. Some 30-second challenges have also been released. The first, to do keepie uppies, was published on the Trust’s Twitter page and can be seen here. A new stepover challenge was released yesterday.

Weekly Skills Challenge: Stepovers

As part of the #BeeatHome initiative, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust are running weekly football skills challenges. The first, to do keepie uppies, was published on the Trust’s Twitter page and can be seen here. The second, a Five Level Challenge, also kept fans busy. A new stepover challenge can be seen below and more will follow.

It can also be seen on the Trust’s YouTube channel.

Next Daily Education challenge from Brentford FC

As part of the #BeeatHome initiative, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust are also making education resources available. The Premier League’s Primary Stars scheme provides free, flexible and easy-to-use curriculum-inked teaching resources for schools. And while schools are closed to the majority of children, these are available on the Trust’s website.

A mental arithmatic challenge was made available last week and can be seen here. Today’s is another literacy one. Use Ethan Pinnock to test your child’s way with words. See more here. Ollie Watkins and David Rayacan also help your child with their language skills. See more here and here.

The Trust are also keeping people active. Online fitness sessions are available to Hounslow residents and have begun in the past week. Trust coaches are also preparing football challenges and more can be seen here.

Take part in the Brentford SportFEST virtual run

After the decision by Brentford FC Community Sports Trust to reschedule Brentford Sports FEST, a new online alternative has been set up. It was announced last month that Brentford Sports FEST would now be held on 18 October 2020. Brentford Sports Fest will take place in the grounds of Syon Park, one of west London’s most iconic parks, and offers exciting 10k and 5k runs for more than 600 local residents.

The Trust, as part of their #BeeatHome initiative, have made an effort to keep people active and training for the event by setting up an online option. They are inviting fans to join the new Strava Club and stay in touch. This will also allow members to take part in weekly 5k and 10k challenges ahead of the rescheduled event.

The Strava Club records exercise done in line with Government social distancing policies. You can record distance run and time active. Join here for more information and to see the current leaderboards.

Another Brentford FC Daily Education challenge

As part of the #BeeatHome initiative, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust are also making education resources available. The Premier League’s Primary Stars scheme provides free, flexible and easy-to-use curriculum-inked teaching resources for schools. And while schools are closed to the majority of children, these are available on the Trust’s website.

A mental arithmatic challenge was made available last week and can be seen here. Today’s is another literacy one. Use David Raya to test your child’s way with words. See more here. Ollie Watkins can also help your child with their language skills. See more here.

The Trust are also keeping people active. Online fitness sessions are available to Hounslow residents and have begun in the past few days. Trust coaches are also preparing football challenges and more can be seen here.

Watch: Phil Giles answers fan questions

Phil Giles, Brentford FC Co-Director of Football, spent Saturday afternoon answering questions from fans. The Griffin Park Grapevine, an online forum where Bees fans can offer opinions on everything Brentford related, hosted a video question and answer session for supporters. Phil tackled questions including what the players are doing while there is no football and his role within the Club. See the full session below.

Listen: Calum McHardy updates on #BeeatHome initiative

Calum McHardy, Premier League Primary Starts Coordinator at Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, updates BBC London 94.9FM. He talks about the Covid-19 outbreak and the Trust’s #BeeatHome inititiave that is keeping people active in their own homes. Claum was speaking to Phil Parry on Saturday, April 4.

#BeeatHome – The story so far

Last week, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust launched its #BeeatHome campaign that encourages children and adults to stay active within their homes. Here is a round up of what what has happened so far.

The Trust launches free health and fitness classes

In partnership with One You Hounslow, free health and fitness classes for adults who live or work in Hounslow are available. All the classes are streamed online and delivered by our experienced and qualified coaches. To view the full timetable click here and to book your place email us at health@brentfordfccst.com.

Educational resources for parents home-schooling

In partnership with the Premier League’s Primary Stars, exciting educational resources in numeracy and English exercises are available. This week there is a Literacy challenge with Brentford player Ollie Watkins and Creating a seven-a-side team. Email your answers to schools@brentfordfccst.com.

Brentford Sports Fest virtual run launched

Join the new Strava Club and take part in weekly 5k and 10k challenges ahead of Brentford Sports FEST on Sunday 18 October. Join here.

PE with a difference: coaches transform keyworker school into an obstacle course

With the majority of schools still shut, coaches are still delivering P.E in some keyworker schools. Using their imagination, our coaches transformed Chase Bridge School in Twickenham into a obstacle course for the pupils’ PE lesson. Watch what they did here.

The 30 Second Series

Along with our physical activity and educational content, exciting football challenges you can do in your own home are available. Look at the Trust’s Twitter and YouTube channel

For more information about our #BeeatHome campaign, email communications@brentfordfccst.com.

Daily Education challenge from Brentford FC

As part of the #BeeatHome initiative, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust are also making education resources available. The Premier League’s Primary Stars scheme provides free, flexible and easy-to-use curriculum-inked teaching resources for schools. And while schools are closed to the majority of children, these are available on the Trust’s website.

A mental arithmatic challenge was made available last week and can be seen here. The next challenge is a literacy one. Let Ollie Watkins help your child with their language skills. See more here.

The Trust are also keeping people active. Online fitness sessions are available to Hounslow residents and have begun in the past few days. Trust coaches are also preparing football challenges and more can be seen here.

EFL Statement – Season suspended indefinitely

Yesterday afternoon a statement was released by the EFL updating fans on the status of the ongoing 2019/20 season in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. This followed a Premier League statement promising financial help to EFL clubs. The Premier League statement can be seen here and the EFL statement is below.

Brentford FC released an open letter from Chief Executive Jon Varney, Chairman Cliff Crown and the Board updating on how we are operating through the Covid-19 pandemic yesterday afternoon. This referenced the indefinite suspension of football in the EFL statement, which came out a few moments before ours. The Brentford FC letter can be seen here.

EFL STATEMENT

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the EFL, Premier League, FA and Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship has today collectively agreed to postpone its football competitions until it is safe to resume. Football is committed in supporting the Government’s efforts in tackling the COVID-19 outbreak and the staging of football matches in this country. It is clearly something that simply cannot happen at this time. The thoughts of everyone associated with the EFL and its member Clubs are with anyone currently affected by the Coronavirus.

The situation will be kept under constant review with matches only returning at an appropriate point and based on the latest guidance provided by the relevant Government departments and health authorities. The EFL also notes and appreciates the decision taken today by the Premier League in respect of the short term financial relief it is to provide EFL Clubs through the advancement of solidarity payments, parachute payments and Academy Grants. These actions will have a positive impact on individual Clubs across our three divisions at a difficult and uncertain time.

Letter from Jon Varney, Cliff Crown and Brentford FC Board

We are writing this letter to you, our supporters, to update you on the unprecedented situation we all find ourselves in, specifically how it impacts Brentford FC and how we intend to operate for the foreseeable future.

It is just three weeks ago that we were preparing for a West London derby against Fulham and the final nine games of the season, including our Farewell Griffin Park celebrations. In the days that have followed, the Club’s senior executives have been assessing our position in light of the Covid-19 outbreak and plotting the best way forward to keep our great Club on course through these unchartered waters.

The football authorities have just announced an indefinite suspension of the game. We also know public gatherings are not permitted by government order. Our players cannot train as a group, we have closed all our offices and the staff who can perform some of their daily duties from home are doing so.

Our new home at Lionel Road was due to achieve what is known as Practical Completion during April leaving the Club on track to complete our move in July 2020. Last week Buckingham Group, Stadium Principal Contractor to the developer, Eco World, had to take the serious, but prudent decision, to urgently pause the bulk of the works underway to allow time for the position to be assessed. This was a very important action and was fully supported by both the Club and by Eco World with whom we are in constant dialogue.

At its recent peak over 400 people were travelling to and from work on the stadium site each day. In light of current Government Covid-19 Guidelines, Buckingham Group have now decided that it is imperative that they dramatically scale back activity at the stadium site for the present and this has been implemented. Subject to review again in two weeks’ time it is intended that for now works will be mainly targeted at electrical safety, care and maintenance and security areas and any activities will be conducted strictly in accordance with current government Covid-19 guidelines. The absolutely minimum and essential requirement during this period is to ensure, as far as possible, that the site is made and kept safe at all times especially in respect of hazardous unfinished electrical installations and, where feasible, other dependent critical live safety and related systems. Given the evolving situation regarding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic it is not possible at this stage to reliably forecast when the new stadium will be fully complete.

We believe we have an outstanding and dedicated group of people working at Brentford FC. They are doing a superb job and they work hard for our players and fans every day. As some departments are not able to carry out their day-to-day duties, we must therefore shift our priorities and focus our efforts and resources on other areas so that we can continue to operate efficiently and effectively.

These include activities vital to keeping our Club running successfully. Some of the medical team are required to keep the players fit and well and some of the finance team have to work on revising budgets and forecasting. We need to ensure we continue to support Season Ticket migration and Premium Seat sales and the Club Shop will continue to service mail order purchases. We have a move to our new stadium to prepare for and deliver and it’s imperative we keep communicating with our supporters and Club partners.

Similar to many football clubs and other businesses, a number of our staff are simply unable to carry out their day-to-day duties from home or their workstreams have been severely hampered. We have therefore taken the decision to furlough a number of our staff by utilising the Government’s Covid-19 Job Retention Scheme. We are incredibly grateful to them for their commitment to Brentford FC and thank them for their understanding.

After careful consideration, one area we will continue to service is Season Ticket migration. Two weeks ago, we took the decision to move all Season Ticket renewal appointments to telephone calls or online. This has proved popular with our supporters and has enabled us to protect the integrity of the sales process by keeping to the location and longevity criteria. We have approximately 250 Season Ticket holders with confirmed appointments remaining and, therefore, by 6 April we will have completed the migration of all our current Season Ticket holders.

To date we have sold more than 6,000 Season Tickets and a further 950 Premium Season Tickets in the area known as The Dugout. Once we have completed selling to our existing Season Ticket holders, we will move on to contacting our 6,000 Members followed by supporters on our 4,000-strong waiting list. We are confident we will have a record number of Season Ticket holders when we move into our New Home.

It’s no great secret any club’s most significant expenditure is on player wages and we are no exception. Last week a conversation was initiated between a group of the senior players at Brentford FC and the Club management about how the players could support the Club as we face this challenge as one united team. The outcome of that and subsequent conversations was the First Team players have deferred a significant proportion of their wages until football is back and games are being played without restrictions.

These are the direct words of our Captain, Pontus Jansson: “The players have been speaking about how we could show the Club our support through a difficult time. Our team spirit has been a big factor in our results this season, so I am very pleased that we, as a united squad, are able to show how much we appreciate being part of this Club.”

On behalf of Matthew and the Board, we would like to put on record our deep gratitude to the players for their support. The key value of Togetherness is something the coaches, the players and the staff all live by, the compassion and support shown by our players has been truly outstanding and as soon as we can shake them all by the hand to say thank you, we will!

We have a lot of young players in our B team squad that live away from home and many are from outside the UK. We took the decision to get those not involved in First Team training back to their families soon after football was halted. Our coaching and support staff are in regular contact with them to make sure they are OK.

While we have taken the decision that arranging B team friendly matches and tours in the current climate is inappropriate, we are still awaiting the decisions of both the Middlesex FA and London FA regarding the completion or otherwise of their respective cup competitions.

We would like to thank our supporters for their backing so far this season and especially in recent weeks. We have received some brilliant messages of support, and everyone has understood the position we have found ourselves in. This has been a real boost to everyone at the Club at an incredibly difficult time.

As well as Togetherness, another of our key Club values is Community. Staff have been working behind the scenes to support those who need it in our local area, coordinated by our award-winning Community Sports Trust. The Mayor of London has asked us if we can make facilities and medical staff available to assist with the work being done to tackle the spread of the virus. We are in an open dialogue with the Mayor and local health authorities to see how we can help.

We also want to alert fans of ways they can help those working in the care sector at this challenging time. We know of members of our staff who have been furloughed who are using their time to volunteer for the NHS and our Crowd Doctor is working on the front line, supporting the local community. This makes us very proud and we hope you are as well.

There are many of our fans that are also working in our local hospitals and who are facing a very difficult time. Others are working in the care sector or the other vital services – schools, shops, deliveries and public services to name a few. We are thinking of all of you and look forward to welcoming you back to Griffin Park in the future.

Togetherness is a particularly difficult value to hold on to when we cannot be physically together. As a Club we have shown great Togetherness this season and that has enabled us to be in a strong position on and off the pitch. During these tough times we are asking our players, staff and fans to continue to pull together. By supporting each other we will come out of this stronger than ever.

If you can help us, our Community Sports Trust or other fans in any way then please do so and if you want help from us, please ask. Despite the tough times we all find ourselves in, as Bees fans we have so much to look forward to. We are a resilient bunch and together we can see a bright future for our great football club.

It only remains for us to wish all you and your families good health.

Stay Safe,
Jon, Cliff and the Board

Daily Challenge: Five Level Challenge

As part of the #BeeatHome initiative, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust are running daily challenges. The first, to do keepie uppies, was published on the Trust’s Twitter page this earlier this week and the second is a Five Level Challenge. More will follow.

It can also be seen on the Trust’s YouTube channel.

More sketches of Brentford Community Stadium produced

More more sketches of Brentford Community Stadium have been released. Over the past few years, during construction of the stadium, sketch artist John Webb is continuing to record progress. John, a member of London Urban Sketchers, has taken on the role of regularly visiting the site to fill his sketchbook as the work progresses. The latest views, taken earlier this year before restrictions were placed on movement, can be seen in the gallery above.

During Brentford’s Farewell Griffin Park season, presented by London Pride, John is sketching at both sites. We hope to have an exhibition of John’s work at the new stadium when it opens. In the meantime, if you would like to see more of his work, do take a look at his website at johnawebb.weebly.com.

Update from the EFL about Coronavirus on 2 April

Representatives from the EFL, Premier League, League Managers’ Association and Professional Footballers’ Association met yesterday. After the meeting, they released the following short statement. More will follow in due course.

Lee Doyle Radio London interview

Lee Doyle, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust Chief Executive, speaks to BBC London 94.9FM. He updates on work going on in the community during the Covid-19 (aka the Coronavirus) outbreak.

The interview was conducted on 21 March 2020.

Free health and fitness classes online for Hounslow residents

As part of Brentford FC Community Sports Trut’s #BeeatHome campaign, a series of free health and fitness classes online for adults who live or work in Hounslow have been launched. You can get your heart pumping in your living room with our Bootcamp sessions or de-stress with our Yoga and Pilates sessions. Delivered by our experienced and qualified instructors, and funded by One You Hounslow, these classes are the perfect way to keep active and healthy at home.

All classes are streamed through the conferencing platform Zoom. The full list  can be found below:

Class Time and date
Yoga for Beginners -Every Monday 9:15am -10:15am – starting Monday 6 April
-Every Thursday 6:30pm-7:15pm – starting 2 April
Intermediate Yoga -Every Monday 6.30pm-7:15pm – starting Monday 6 April
-Every Thursday 7:30-8:30pm – starting 2 April
Boxfit Every Monday 7:30pm-8:30pm – starting Monday 6 April
Pilates -Every Tuesday 6pm-7pm – starting 31 March
-Every Wednesday 6pm-7pm – starting 1 April
Bootcamp (basic level of fitness required) Every Wednesday 7pm-8pm – starting 1 April.

The #BeeatHome campaign encourages children and adults to stay active within their homes. The Trust aims to deliver educational and physical activity content to children and adults in the local area while simultaneously urging people to stay at home to help save lives. More on the educational resources available can be seen here.

To book your place and receive the link for the classes, please email health@brentfordfccst.com.

Daily #BeeatHome Challenge: Keepie Uppies

As part of the #BeeatHome initiative, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust are running daily challenges. The first, to do keepie uppies, was published on the Trust’s Twitter page this morning. More will follow.

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust are also making education resources available. More on that can be seen here.

Primary Stars education resources available

As part of the #BeeatHome initiative, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust are also making education resources available. The Premier League’s Primary Stars scheme provides free, flexible and easy-to-use curriculum-inked teaching resources for schools. And while schools are closed to the majority of children, these are available on the Trust’s website.

The sheets can also be found here. Keep an eye out for more coming as schools remain closed.

Watch: EFL Day of Action – Lee Doyle interview

During the EFL Day of Action earlier this month – before Government policy regarding public gatherings was in force – Brentford FC Community Sports Trust were showcasing their work. Donald Kerr, Brentford FC Vice-Chairman, visited a girls’ football session in Brentford, which also aims to offer mentoring to teenage girls surrounding their physical and mental wellbeing. Less than a mile away, Brentford FC also showcased the impact of their weekly youth club at Haverfield estate, which is nestled between Griffin Park and Brentford’s new stadium. Have a look at the session here.

At the end of the day, Lee Doyle, Chief Executive of the Trust, gave his thoughts on the event and the work being done in the community. See the interview below. Also on the day, Ben Lampert put on a session for the Trust’s Football Development Centre. See that session here and an interview with Ben here.

#BeeatHome campaign launched by Community Trust

With the government restricting all but essential movement across the UK, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust have launched the #BeeatHome campaign that encourages children and adults to stay active within their homes. The Trust aims to deliver educational and physical activity content to children and young people in the local area while simultaneously urging people to stay at home to help save lives.

To launch the campaign, our lead female football coach, Amber Lloyd, delivered a Soccercise session to help young people stay active in their homes. The video of this can be viewed below.

Speaking about young people staying active, Amber said: “It is massively important to stay active during these times, which will help with your concentration when learning! We have produced some videos that can be done on your own or with your family members, adding a bit of healthy competition.”

The Trust will also be streaming live fitness, yoga and Pilates classes to local residents in Hounslow. The first Pilate sessions will be held next Tuesday at 6pm. Along with physical activity sessions, the Trust will deliver engaging educational content, including weekly Maths and English challenges.

Lee Doyle, Chief Executive of Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, said: “Our commitment to local communities remains steadfast. We will be innovative in how we can create a positive difference in the most challenging of times. We are working closely with local stakeholders to support those most in need while reiterating the government’s message of staying at home to save lives.”

With the Trust already working with a number of vulnerable young people, online resources will be available to support young people’s wellbeing and mental health while in isolation. To access all online material, please follow the Trust’s YouTube channel here or visit brentfordfccst.com.

You can also email enquiries@brentfordfccst.com.

A March 27 update from the EFL on Coronavirus

The EFL have today, Friday 27 March, issued the following update on the current situation regarding Covid-19 (aka the Coronavirus):

The Premier League, EFL and PFA met today and discussed the growing seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was stressed that the thoughts of all three organisations continue to be with everyone affected by the virus.

The Premier League, EFL and PFA agreed that difficult decisions will have to be taken in order to mitigate the economic impact of the current suspension of professional football in England and agreed to work together to arrive at shared solutions. The leagues will not recommence until April 30 at the earliest. They will only do so when it is safe and conditions allow.

Further meetings will take place next week with a view to formulating a joint plan to deal with the difficult circumstances facing the leagues, their clubs, players, staff and fans.

Last call for Season Ticket Holders

Despite our Reservation Centre being closed to visitors, sales of Season Tickets and Premium Seats for our new stadium continue at pace as large numbers of supporters have been securing their seats via phone appointments. We are extremely pleased with the response from fans since closing the Reservation Centre and are incredibly grateful that lots of Season Ticket Holders have shown their support to the Club and have secured their place at our new home over the phone.

There are still a few Season Ticket Holders that we’ve not been able to contact via phone and are doing our best to ensure long-serving fans their maintain priority. If you’re a current Season Ticket Holder and would like to renew, don’t delay, simply email reservations@brentfordfc.com or call 020 3750 9705 today, tomorrow or next week.

Hundreds of Club Members have already booked their appointment and will be able to purchase their Season Tickets from Monday 6 April. All Club Members should have received an email and have the opportunity to group with other supporters (based on your Ticket Access Points). Please note, this email may go into your Junk folder. We advise Club Members who haven’t received anything to email reservations@brentfordfc.com.

Please note Early Bird prices expire on Thursday 30 April at 5pm, Season Ticket Holders, Club Members and their family and friends can still save up to £50 on their Season Ticket.

It’s too late to become a 2019/20 Club Member but you can still join our waiting list. Should Season Tickets remain available after Members’ priority window, they will be offered to those on the waiting list first.

Join our Waiting List now

Alternatively, all supporters can guarantee their place at the New Stadium now with a Premium Seat. Our Red & White hospitality option is our last remaining package and is perfect if you are looking for more than a regular matchday experience. Register your interest here and a member of our team will contact you to discuss your premium seat options.

Watch: Community Sports Trust at work

During the EFL Day of Action earlier this month – before Government policy regarding public gatherings was in force – Brentford FC Community Sports Trust were showcasing their work. Donald Kerr, Brentford FC Vice-Chairman, visited a girls’ football session in Brentford, which also aims to offer mentoring to teenage girls surrounding their physical and mental wellbeing. Less than a mile away, Brentford FC also showcased the impact of their weekly youth club at Haverfield estate, which is nestled between Griffin Park and Brentford’s new stadium.

Have a look at the sessions below. Also on the day, Ben Lampert put on a session for the Trust’s Football Development Centre. See that session here and an interview with Ben here.