Ben Lampert, the UK’s only full-time deaf football coach, was among the winners at this year’s UK Coaching Awards. Ben, who works for Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, took home the Changing Lives Award – supported by Sport England. And his story has continued to attract media attention
Through his Deaf Sports Plus project with the Trust, Ben breaks down barriers by providing free sporting activities to deaf children. That is in addition to working with hearing and deaf children in West London schools, where he coaches football and teaches sign language. New for 2019, the Changing Lives Award is awarded to a coach who is leading the way to empower, inspire and connect people from diverse communities to overcome life challenges using the power of Great Coaching.
Ben spoke at length about his coaching journey to the AFP news agency and explained about his work coaching with the Trust and elsewhere. That piece can be read here.
Brentford staff and players have been busy in the media with lots of stories around the Club attracting national interest. Head Coach Thomas Frank sat down with John Cross, from the Daily Mirror, and that piece can be read here. Co-Director of Football Phil Giles spoke to The Guardian for a piece that can be seen here and Pontus Jansson did an interview with The Sun that can be seen here.