Simplexity Travel give youngsters Wembley chance

At the end of last year, Brentford FC’s official travel partner, Simplexity Travel, gave two students from the BFC Community Sports Trust’s Elite Development programme the chance to play at the famous Wembley Stadium.

The Elite Development programme is an opportunity for talented young male footballers (aged 16-18) to play for the Brentford FC U18 Academy Development Squad and gain a BTEC Sports qualification at West Thames College.

Those selected study at West Thames College for a recognised BTEC qualification, whilst gaining elite footballing skills from Brentford FC’s Community Sports Trust’s professional coaching staff. Study units include body systems, practical sport, fitness testing and training, tactical awareness and psychology. The team also play competitive matches against other Academy teams in a league.

The two lucky students who selected by their coaches were Jayden Ndokala and Jaden Alvis Henry (pictured above).

A special thanks to Simplexity Travel Management for donating the places and giving Jayden and Jaden the unforgettable day out.

National Citizens Service launched by Trust

When Brentford played Leeds United last month, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust launched its National Citizen Service (NCS) in west London. The awareness raising campaign, #NCSMatchday, was organised nationally and supported by the Trust to recognise the way NCS is delivered in West London. The dedicated game saw a handful of teenagers taking part in Griffin Park’s prestigious Guard of Honour and information about the programme was available to young Bees fans.

The NCS programme, which is funded by the government, offers a four-week programme that helps 16-17-year-olds develop lifelong skills and take on new challenges. The programme includes an activity week in Norfolk, learning valuable life skills at the University of West London and a social action project that NCS students have the scope and independence to shape.

Brentford goalkeeper David Raya helped endorse the NCS programme before the game. He said: “I am proud to support the Trust’s NCS programme at the Leeds match. It is a programme that offers young people a unique opportunity to meet new people and develop new skills that will equip them for the future.”

A view echoed by NCS graduate Ben Grummit who benefited from the programme last year. He said: “A project like this shows us different aspects of life that we haven’t had the opportunity to explore – I feel like I have gained important organisational skills that will help me in the future.”

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust is delivering the NCS programme to students at the following schools in west London:

  • Alec Reed Academy
  • Arts Educational School
  • Brentford School for Girls
  • Chiswick School
  • Cranford Community College
  • Elthorne Park High School
  • Grey Court School
  • Gunnersbury Catholic School
  • Heston Community School
  • Isleworth and Syon School for Boys
  • Kew House
  • Kingston Grammar School
  • Northolt High School
  • Notting Hill and Ealing High School
  • Springwest Academy
  • St Catherine’s School, Twickenham
  • St Paul’s School
  • The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School
  • The Harrodian School
  • The Tiffin Girls’ School
  • Twyford Church of England High School
  • Uxbridge High School
  • West Thames College
  • William Perkin Church of England High School

The four-week NCS programme will take place during the following dates during summer 2020:

  • 22 June-17 July
  • 6 July-31 July
  • 20 July – 14 August
  • 3 August – 21 August (three-weeks)

To register your interest email rpierson@brentfordfccst.com or visit brentfordfccst.com.

Mental health evening for fans held at Griffin Park

Brentford FC and its Community Sports Trust hosted a special screening of the documentary “Steve” to Brentford fans and local community groups at Griffin Park this week. The film, which documents how one man lost his friend Steve to suicide, highlighted the difficulties many men face in discussing their mental health and how playing sport can be instrumental in helping men overcome mental health conditions. The screening, on Monday 24 February, coincided with the Duke of Cambridge’s Head’s Up campaign that raises awareness of mental health and encourages more open conversations.

Ben, who created the film after he lost his friend Steve to suicide, has one simple aim – to help men help themselves. He said: “76 per cent of suicides are male. In fact, as a man under 45 the thing most likely to kill me is me: we need to change this and try to prevent mental ill health.

“We seem to know how to look after our physical health – but we don’t seem to know about our mental health. I hope this event will get men talking and to realise how men need to look after their mental fitness and, if necessary, join a talk club to prevent the next Steve.”

Ben hosted a Q&A session at Griffin Park after the screening finished and encouraged attendees to have open discussions about their mental health. Brentford FC and its Community Sports Trust used the evening to discuss with fans the possibility of a “Brentford Talking Club” that would provide a safe hub for male fans to discuss any mental health conditions.

Brentford fan Joe Stapleton found the documentary an eye-opening experience. He said: “The event really opened my eyes to the struggles that so many of us experience and how important it is to talk and seek help. I will be signing up to Brentford’s Talking Club to help with my own personal mental fitness, but also to learn and help others with theirs.”

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust has already been recognised for its community work surrounding mental health. In partnership with West London NHS Trust, it has been running its Hounslow Hawks FC programme for 11 years – offering local residents free football sessions as a form of therapy. Brentford FC are also working closely with the EFL’s charity partner Mind to promote mental health at Brentford games.

Graham Goodden, Communities Engagement Manager at Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, believes that this event will not only promote mental health awareness but mental health action. He said: “It was great to see so many people attend the screening to raise awareness of this vitally important subject. This screening signalled the first step in changing perceptions of men’s mental health. However, raising awareness is simply not enough and that is why we are keen to establish talking men’s clubs so that Brentford fans have a safe space to talk.”

For more information about the Trust’s mental health initiatives please visit brentfordfccst.com.

Brentford FC extend lease for Jersey Road Training Ground

Brentford FC have committed to a long-term future in the borough of Hounslow by signing a new lease for the Training Ground in Osterley. Brentford have trained at a facility in Jersey Road for around 15 years and the new 20 year lease, signed by Chairman Cliff Crown last week will ensure our presence in the area for at least the next two decades.

It will enable the Club to plan for the future in Osterley and continue our development in the local area as we prepare to move from Griffin Park, our home for 116 years, to a new stadium this summer. The lease also includes a licence to make significant improvements to the site in the future.

Brentford first moved to the Jersey Road site in 2004 and the Club has improved the facility substantially in the intervening years. It hosts the Club’s First Team and B Team with four full size pitches and other associated training areas. There are also gym and medical facilities on site for the players from both squads.

Cliff Crown said: “I am delighted that we have signed this long-term lease. Everyone at the Club believes Jersey Road is the best location for us to train. We have developed it in to a great place for the players and football staff to work over the past 15 years or so and having good training facilities has helped us improve our on-field performance in that time.

“In order to continue to improve we need to make those facilities even better and to do that we needed security of tenure which the new lease provides. The landowners have worked with us over the past months to get this deal in place and everyone was pleased to get it signed. Brentford FC have always been keen to secure their training facilities in the Hounslow area. We are proud to be the borough’s club and can now say that we will be here for the foreseeable future.”

Fans turn out for annual Meet the Players event

More than 70 young Bees fans fulfilled a dream to meet their footballing heroes yesterday when they took part in Brentford FC’s annual “Meet the Players” event at Uxbridge High School. The event, run by Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, saw excited young fans showcase their football skills to the likes of Brentford forward Ollie Watkins and Bryan Mbeumo. Along with an interactive football session with 13 players from the squad, the young fans had the unique opportunity to chat to the players and take selfies with the Brentford stars.

With Brentford currently fourth in the Sky Bet Championship, there was much excitement surrounding the Brentford players who have collectively scored 55 goals this season. And the players proved scoring goals wasn’t their only talent – creating a memorable day for countless young Bees fans.

Christian Nørgaard said: “We have all been their age and we all know what it does when professional footballers visit: it makes their day. You could see when we joined in playing the games there was that extra bit of excitement and the same with the autographs. It is quite nice to give back.”

Emiliano Marcondes added: “They will remember this for the rest of their lives. I still remember being visited by professional footballers when I was younger. To see the smiles on their faces and give them little bits of advice makes us – as players – smile.”

For more information about Trust events, please contact Brentford FC CST at enquiries@brentfordfccst.com.

Mental health awareness walk at Brentford Sports FEST

Brentford Sports FEST’s popular mental health walk will return to Brentford Sports FEST for its third consecutive year. The walk, dubbed the “5k Walk and Talk”, aims to raise awareness of mental health while walking through the iconic private gardens of Syon Park. Run in partnership with West London NHS Trust, the free walk is available to local residents of all abilities to tackle the stigma around mental health and encourage more people to talk while getting active.

Michelle Nielsen, West London NHS Trust’s Occupational Therapy Technician, said: “I’m really pleased to be involved again in this annual event with Brentford FC Community Sports Trust.  The 5k ‘walk and talk’ is a great opportunity to get some exercise and have a chat about whatever’s on your mind; by connecting with somebody and starting a simple conversation can really help to improve and save lives. Walking is a free and easy way to get some exercise, to help your mental and physical wellbeing, plus a great opportunity to make some new friends.”

The 5k Walk & Talk is just one of a number of initiatives that the Trust runs to promote mental health. In September 2019, Brentford FC’s psychologist ran a wellbeing workshop for young carers and later this month Griffin Park will host a documentary on male suicide to Brentford fans.

Sponsored by Brentford Lock West, local residents and keen runners can also sign up for 10k and 5k runs through the private gardens of Syon Park. Plus, there is a 1k children’s race and paddleboarding sessions on Brentford Lock. Book your place at Brentford Sports FEST here.

Girls’ taster sessions taking place this Easter

Were you or your children inspired by the lionesses’ performance at the Women’s World Cup last summer? Then Brentford FC Community Sports Trust can help. They are looking for girls to join football taster sessions this Easter.

The taster sessions will be held at the following times and locations:

Thursday 9 April – Uxbridge Indoor Dome, Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH

Wednesday 15 April – Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub, Popes Lane, London W3 8LQ

What is the Girls’ Football programme?

Our girls’ football programme offers high-quality coaching for girls interested in playing football. With Brentford FC set to host a series of matches for theUEFA Women’s European Championships in 2021, it is exciting time to be part of the Trust’s girls’ football programme. Many participants have gone on to play Brentford FC’s Women’s Team.

How do I sign up?

You can book your place at Uxbridge’s Indoor Dome here and you can book your place at Gunnersbury Park’s Sports Hub here. For more information about our girls’ taster sessions you can email us at fdc@brentfordfccst.com.

Season Ticket renewals ahead of schedule!

2020/21 Season Tickets have been on sale for a month and demand has been high with more than 2,500 current Season Ticket Holders claiming their seats at our new stadium. See some of their stories here. This month, supporters who have been Season Ticket Holders at Griffin Park for seven and six seasons will be taking up their appointments at our Reservation Centre.

If you’re a Season Ticket Holder at Griffin Park and haven’t renewed yet, don’t forget you can invite up to two existing or new supporters to purchase a Season Ticket so that you can all to sit together*. You can create a group of up to 12 – providing the group contains at least four current Season Ticket Holders (one season ticket for every three purchased).

Early Bird prices at the new stadium are open to current Season Ticket Holders, Members and their guests and will expire on Thursday 30 April. These prices won’t increase should we get promoted to the Premier League. Full prices, estimated on sale dates and more information about 2020/21 Season Tickets can be found online here. You can also find the answers to frequently asked questions about 2020/21 Season Tickets in our FAQs here.

If you’re not a Season Ticket Holder then the best way to guarantee your seat at the stadium is to purchase a Premium Seat, enabling you to enjoy an enhanced matchday experience. With three of the six lounges already sold-out, we are now selling Red & White packages, from just £44 per match**. Simply register your interest here and a member of our team will contact you to invite you to our Reservation Centre to discuss your premium seat options.

Alternatively, you can gain priority access to Season Tickets (from April) by becoming a Club Member or you can join our Season Ticket waiting list (from May – subject to availability).

*Subject to availability. This will be strictly monitored and we reserve the right to amend this policy should sales exceed expectations. The make-up of your group may impact on where you can sit – larger groups with more new fans will need to move to less central locations to ensure that longer term fans are not unfairly displaced.  

**This price is based on 23 home League games (plus our pre-season friendly and first three home cup matches), doesn’t include the licence fee and is pending our league status (25 per cent increase for Premier League and 25 per cent discount for EFL League One).

Cliff Crown visits Twinning project at Bronzefield prison

Brentford FC’s Chairman Cliff Crown joined representatives from the Twinning project and the Club’s Community Sports Trust for a visit to the Twining project at Bronzefield women’s prison in Ashford last month. The project, now in its final phase, upskills participants through an FA coaching qualification. Established in 2018 by David Dein MBE, former Vice Chairman of Arsenal FC and the Football Association, the Twinning project aims to bring together professional football clubs and prisons across the UK to provide positive pathways for participants and tackle high reoffending rates.

Cliff said: “The Twinning Project is a fantastic initiative and I was very pleased to be able to visit Bronzefield and see it in action. Brentford were one of the first clubs to engage with this scheme and our Trust coaches have already made a real impact on the lives of those in custody. I am sure they will continue to do so.

“During my visit I was able to talk with coaches and participants about ways that working with Brentford FC and our Trust will help. Coach development is important for the future of our game and this partnership benefits all. The participants will have something tangible they can do when they get out and young people all over the area will be able to learn from someone who can coach them and also give them the benefit of life experience. This is a real pathway to a better future for so many people and I have reiterated my pledge that the Club will we do all we can to make our partnership with HMP Bronzefield a success.”

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust has been running the project at Bronzefield prison since October 2019 and has already seen significant results. With only 17 per cent of offenders entering the workplace upon release, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust is in discussions with Brentford FC to offer volunteering and work placement opportunities for participants upon their release.

One participant said: “I really enjoy the programme and it has helped me with my confidence and understanding the importance of teamwork. My children are so proud that I am doing this qualification and it has given me hope that I can get involved with women’s football when I get out.”

Hilton Freund, CEO of the Twinning Project, said: “The fantastic work of the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust at Bronzefield encapsulates the Twinning Project’s belief that sport can change lives. Brentford’s ability to engage the disengaged will help provide the participating women with opportunities upon release that they may not have otherwise had.”

For more information about the Twinning project please email ce@brentfordfccst.com.

Special film to be screened at Brentford FC

Brentford FC and its Community Sports Trust will host a special screening of the film “Steve” to Brentford fans and local community groups on Monday 24 February at Griffin Park. The film, which documents how one man, Ben Akers, lost his friend Steve Yates to suicide, will highlight the difficulties many men face in discussing their mental health and to tackle the existing stigma. The screening coincides with the Duke of Cambridge’s Head’s Up campaign that aims to harness the popularity of football to help show the nation the importance of mental health.

Ben, who created the film after he lost his friend Steve to suicide, has one simple aim – to help men help themselves. He said: “76% of suicides are male. In fact, as a man under 45 the thing most likely to kill me is me: we need to change this and try to prevent mental ill health.”

“We seem to know how to look after our physical health – but we don’t seem to know about our mental health. We hope this event will get men talking and to realise how men need to look after their mental fitness and, if necessary, join a talk club to prevent the next Steve.”

Ben will host a Q&A at Griffin Park after the screening has finished and encourage attendees to have open discussions about their mental health. The event will start at 6pm in The Hive and the film itself will start at 7pm. The event will finish at 9pm.

Lee Doyle, Chief Executive of Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, said: “As a football club, we know we have a unique platform to change the conversation surrounding mental health – ensuring that football fans can have open and frank discussions about their wellbeing. We hope to emulate Ben’s passion for this subject through awareness at Brentford games and delivering meaningful change in the communities where we operate.”

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust has already been recognised for its community work surrounding mental health. In partnership with West London NHS Trust, it has been running its Hounslow Hawks FC programme for 11 years and has been crediting with using football as therapy.

To book your place please click here. For more information about the event please contact us at ce@brentfordfccst.com. See a trailer below.

Ealing Councillors highlight Trust’s young carers project

Ahead of Young Carers Awareness Day on Thursday 30 January, Ealing Councillors Simon Woodroofe and Councillor Hitesh Tailor took part in a young carers’ session last week. The Councillors, who sit on the Leisure Scrutiny panel, tried their hand at pizza making and table tennis with the young carers at Horizon’s Community Centre in Hanwell.

The Ealing Young Carers project, commissioned by Ealing Council, is run by Brentford FC Community Sports Trust and offers respite to young people living in Ealing who are looking after a relative in a caring capacity. With 700,000 young carers living in the UK, the project gives carers aged between eight and 18 somewhere to socialise, learn new skills and gain in confidence. Along with one-one mentoring, the project offers a wide range of activities including, after-school homework clubs; lunchtime clubs; fortnightly youth clubs; fortnightly swimming clubs and day trips.

“It was good to see first-hand the young carers activities in Hanwell,” Cllr Hitesh Tailor said. “The young people enjoyed the time spent there and it offered them an opportunity to relax with friends without any worries. A parent I spoke to on the night, explained how she felt the sessions had improved the general wellbeing of her young son.”

Cllr Simon Woodroofe agreed. He said: “I certainly had a very positive impression of the activities in the centre.”

Since the project has been commissioned to the Trust, participation has gone from 25 young carers to nearly 200.The project’s success is credited to the programme coordinator – Kathryn Sobczak – who was a former young carer herself.

Kathryn said: “Too often, young carers can feel socially isolated and invisible. It took me a long time to realise I was a young carer. If I had known that other people were going through the same thing, it would have reassured me that I wasn’t alone. Whether your caring for parents siblings, family members we all do the same job, it’s about supporting each other.”

For more information about our Young Carers project please visit www.brentfordfccst.com

Soccer schools to run in half term

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust will be hosting Soccer Schools during the February half term holiday. The Half Term holiday in Hounslow will run from 17 to 21 February 2020 and the Trust have activities on for the week. The Trust’s Soccer Schools will run on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – 19, 20 and 21 February – and each day there will be activities between 9am and 4pm at GOALS Soccer Centre, in Osterley, and at Uxbridge High School.

Brentford FC Soccer Schools provide every participant fun and technical football sessions during the holiday period. Test skills on new challenges and develop core technical and social skills, whilst having a great time in a safe and fun environment. Participants can be between five and 12 years old. All coaching staff are FA qualified and have completed their Safeguarding Children, CRB and Emergency Aid certificates.

Discounts are available for buying multiple sessions in one transaction. A promotional rate of £55 for three days for one child is a big discount on the £25 per child per day rate. Full information on the Soccer Schools and how to book can be seen here.

Buzz joins in 90th birthday party

Brentford fan James Passey kicked off the new decade with a surprise visit from Brentford’s mascot Buzz at his 90th birthday on New Year’s Day. James, who has been attending Brentford matches since the 1930s, couldn’t quite believe it when Brentford’s iconic mascot walked into The Bridge Hotel in Chertsey. Growing up on Distillery Road, a quarter of a mile from Griffin Park, James started supporting Brentford from the age of eight.

His granddaughter, Kerry, believes it will be a birthday he will never forget. She said: “Buzz’s surprise visit to his 90th birthday gave my Grandad the biggest smile. He absolutely loved the surprise and everyone was talking about it after – it was definitely the highlight of his birthday.”

“I remember walking to the stadium with my dad and the sound of the fans getting louder and louder as we got nearer,” James said. “In those days they were no seats – we used to stand in the Ealing Road end. My favourite memory of Griffin Park was when Sir Stanley Matthews played at Griffin Park in a charity match – it was an incredible atmosphere that day.”

With Brentford’s new stadium set to be ready for the 2020/21 season, The Bees are using their last season at Griffin Park to commemorate fans’ favourite memories. If you would like to book a mascot package for Brentford’s last season at Griffin Park click here or contact us at matchday@brentfordfccst.com.

Premium Season Tickets sold out

With rising attendances at Griffin Park and our move to the new stadium this summer, there’s never been a better time to join the Club. Thousands of supporters have already booked their Premium Seats and Season Tickets at Brentford Community Stadium. We’re also pleased to announce that our Premium Season Tickets which include access to the Dugout, our sports bar concourse, are now sold out.

2020/21 Season Tickets are on sale to current Season Ticket Holders and will be made available to Club Members in April and to supporters on the waiting list in May. If you want to secure your place at the new stadium now, don’t forget all Bees supporters can already secure Premium Seats. Our Club Level packages range from private dining and luxury seating to a more relaxed matchday experience with a little extra comfort and a prime view of the pitch. All our Red and White package offer a great range of food and drink options with a high-backed padded seat and good legroom. Enjoy a premium experience at our new stadium from as little as £44 per match*. 

Don’t miss out, simply join our waiting list at newstadium.brentfordfc.com and a member of our team will contact you to invite you to our Reservation Centre to discuss your premium seat options. 

Register your interest now

*Price excludes the licence fee and is based on 23 home League games (plus the pre-season friendly and first three home cup matches).

University of West London on board for FA Cup campaign

With Brentford Football Club playing their final Emirates FA Cup tie at their historic Griffin Park home, the University of West London further expanded their long-standing partnership. Brentford lost to Leicester City, third in the Premier League, in a Fourth Round tie at Griffin Park on Saturday, 25 January. And a sell-out crowd saw the last ever cup tie at Griffin Park as The Bees prepare to move to the brand-new Brentford Community Stadium in the summer.

UWL signed a deal to be Brentford’s official Emirates FA Cup Shirt Sleeve Sponsor for the 2019/20 season. Their logo appeared on the left sleeve of all shirts when The Bees faced Leicester. UWL have been a long-standing supporter of Brentford FC and are our official Education Partner as part of a relationship that is in to its eighth year. Their logo appears on top tier of the Brook Road stand at Griffin Park and on the back of First Team and B Team shirts and shorts as well on the Club’s LED perimeter advertising.

Professor Anthony Woodman, UWL Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said: “At UWL we take people with talent and ambition and provide them with great teaching, excellent facilities and outstanding student support so they can connect with successful and rewarding careers. Given the impressive performance of Brentford’s young team, it is apt that UWL sponsored the Club’s FA Cup run this year. Our sponsorship reflects the close working partnership we have with Brentford FC that helps us to deliver the very best sports facilities for our students and give back to our local community.”

Mike Sullivan, Brentford FC Commercial Manager, said: “Our relationship with the UWL continues to grow and grow. They have been brilliant in showing their support and commitment to the Club, over the last nine years, and have always been open to any new innovative ideas. We are delighted that the UWL have agreed to be our official Emirates FA Cup sleeve sponsor for the second season running.”

Community Sports Trust working to get girls active

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust has joined 13 professional football clubs to tackle physical inactivity of girls in disadvantaged areas across London. Funded by The London Marathon Charitable Trust, Brentford will join the likes of Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Chelsea to encourage 5,000 inactive girls and young women to participate in football and physical activity sessions. The London Marathon Charitable Trust have awarded £820,000 to London United, a conglomerate of 14 professional football clubs that tackles social challenges in the capital.

With rising levels of youth violence increasingly affecting girls and young women, the project – called Kicks Girls – aims to offer a safe space for teenagers to enjoy sport. Along with physical activity sessions, the project will also offer a series of educational workshops and qualifications for teenage girls living in London.

Sarah Ebanja, Chief Executive of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and member of London United, said: “London United’s 14 professional football clubs are delighted to be collaborating with The Trust to use the power of the beautiful game to get more girls and women physically active. This applies regardless of fitness levels, age, disability – it’s a sport that all can get involved in – from recreational, grassroots, through to professional.”

Sarah Ridley, Chief Grants Officer of The London Marathon Charitable Trust, said: “We are delighted to have awarded £820,000 towards this terrific project, which is synonymous with The Trust’s vision to inspire activity. Our mission is to enable people to become and remain physically active regardless of gender or background. We’re passionate about getting more women involved in a wide range of physical activity and look forward to seeing the positive impact this programme will have on girls across London over the coming years.”

With a multitude of Premier League and EFL clubs in London taking part in the initiative, the project will utilise the clubs’ female players to inspire thousands of girls to enjoy physical activity. To help tackle period poverty and the anxiety of girls taking part in physical activity during their periods, the Trust will provide a selection of free sanitary products at every session.

Start the New Year by signing up for Brentford Sports FEST

Local residents are encouraged to lace up their running shoes and take part in Brentford’s biggest running event – Brentford Sports FEST. The event will take place in the grounds of one of west London’s most iconic houses, Syon House, and will offer runners the opportunity to run in the private grounds of the prestigious estate. Run in partnership with Brentford Lock West, the event will be held on the 5 April 2020 and will offer a range of sporting activities for all the family.

Residents of all ages and abilities can take part in a 10k run, 5k run, 1k children’s fun run and a 5k Walk and Talk (in association with West London NHS Trust). For water lovers, there is an opportunity to take part in an exciting paddleboarding lesson at Brentford Lock. Plus, the event is also offering a free health and sports village – local residents can sample hatha yoga or try their hand at making a healthy pizza.

Anna Rutowicz, who took part in the 10k last year, said: “Taking part in Brentford Sports FEST was such a fun experience that contributed to my motivation for running more. The course takes place in the grounds of Syon Park, including sections that are usually closed off to the general public – making it a picturesque route. It is definitely one to track on Strava!”

For runners hoping to beat their personal best, all races have chip timing.

James Stockdale, Development Director at Waterside Places, said: “We are delighted to be once again, sponsoring the Sports FEST. The event provides ample opportunity to get out and get active – whether you are a serious runner, or you are just looking to keep fit or run with friends.

“There is always a really welcoming atmosphere on the day and it has been great to see the event grow year on year. Many of the residents of Brentford Lock West are now regulars to event – with many also participating in the paddleboarding, which takes place, right in front of our development.”

Sign up for the event at www.brentfordsportsfest.co.uk.

First fans Take Their Seats at Brentford Community Stadium

It was a special day yesterday for some long-standing Brentford fans who were among the first to secure Season Tickets at our new home. Premium Seats and Premium Season Tickets have already been on sale and many supporters have snapped these up but Season Tickets in all areas of the Brentford Community Stadium, set to open in the summer, went on sale yesterday. The first ‘8+ year’ Season Ticket Holders were invited to attend their appointments at our Reservation Centre yesterday.

Also in attendance were some famous Brentford faces, and the media. Mathias Jensen, Dominic Thompson and Ollie Watkins were on hand to meet our first Season Ticket Holders, along with Peter Gilham. ITV News were among the media that had a look at what was going on and their piece on the day can be seen below

In case you missed it, Early Bird prices at the new stadium will expire on Thursday 30 April and will not increase should we get promoted to the Premier League. It also means that current Season Ticket Holders, Members and their guests will have exclusive access to the Early Bird prices. Full prices, estimated on sale dates and more information about 2020/21 Season Tickets can be found online here. You can also find the answers to frequently asked questions about 2020/21 Season Tickets in our FAQs here.

20/21 Season Tickets on sale to current Season Tickets Holders

The wait is over. The Bees will kick off in our new stadium this summer and we have invited all ‘8+ year’ Season Ticket Holders to attend their appointments at our Reservation Centre this month. Telephone appointments are also available for those unable to come into the Reservation Centre and online booking windows will be available at the end of each priority access window.

Our move is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sit with friends and family. Existing Season Ticket Holders are able to invite up to two existing or new supporters to purchase their Season Ticket with them, as well as grouping with more fans (up to a maximum of 12 – assuming the group contains at least four Season Ticket Holders).

In case you missed it, Early Bird prices at the new stadium will expire on Thursday 30 April and will not increase should we get promoted to the Premier League. It also means that current Season Ticket Holders, Members and their guests will have exclusive access to the Early Bird prices. Full prices, estimated on sale dates and more information about 2020/21 Season Tickets can be found online here. You can also find the answers to frequently asked questions about 2020/21 Season Tickets in our FAQs here.

With 2019/20 Club Memberships still available for only £25 Adults and £5 Juniors, this is another great reason to join over 4,000 current Members and gain priority access to Season Tickets in the new stadium.

Become a Club Member now

Alternatively, you can also join our Season Ticket waiting list at newstadium.brentfordfc.com

*Subject to availability. Season Ticket Holders will be able to buy two additional Season Tickets in the one purchase. These could be for new Season Ticket Holders, or fellow Season Ticket Holders who are in a later priority window group. Season Ticket Holders can also group up with fellow Season Ticket Holders and their ‘plus two’s’. This will allow you to team up with others that you want to sit with, up to a maximum group size of 12 – assuming your group contains at least four Season Ticket Holders. This will be strictly monitored and we reserve the right to amend this policy should sales exceed expectations. The make-up of your group may impact on where you can sit – larger groups with more new fans will need to move to less central locations to ensure that longer term fans are not unfairly displaced.   

Limited availability to play at Griffin Park

There is a little over four months to go now until we play our final Sky Bet Championship game at Griffin Park when we face Barnsley. What better way to say your goodbye to Griffin Park than by getting your boots on and stepping foot onto the field that has been our home for 115 years.

Following our final game, our annual pitch-hire period will take place from 26 May until 6 June, with three time slots available per day. Do not miss out on the chance to have an experience of a lifetime with your friends, family or work colleagues.

Available from £2,000(+VAT)*, our pitch hire is valid for three hours including use of the dressing rooms for 15 players per team. That’s 45 minutes pre-match, a full 90-minute match with a 15-minute break and 30 minutes post-match. Please note: kits and footballs are not provided.

With limited availability, don’t delay, simply e-mail Joanne Surgeoner on jsurgeoner@brentfordfc.com, or call 020 8380 9930 to hire our pitch.

*Additional costs may apply depending on need for officials, floodlights and anything else requested

Become a “Mini Bee” at new sessions at Gunnersbury Park

Held at Gunnersbury Park’s new sports hub, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust is relaunching its Mini-Bees programme in January.  Delivered by the Trust’s experienced football coaches, Mini Bees offers exciting football sessions at Gunnersbury Park’s new state-of-the-art facilities on Saturday mornings for children aged five-12 years old.

In January, the sessions will expand to offer children as young as 18-months old the opportunity to play football in a fun and engaging environment. Plus, for budding gymnasts, the Trust will be offering “Tumble Bees” gymnastic lessons for children aged 18 months to 12.

One parent whose son has attended the Mini Bees session, said: “I think the Mini Bees session is great – the coaches are very professional and are fantastic role models.”

The new facility, which boasts one of the largest outdoor sporting facilities in London, will mean local people will soon have access to a huge range of activities to help them maintain a fit and active lifestyle. Along with Mini Bees, the Trust will be offering adult and junior leagues football sessions – along with girls’ football sessions.

To pre-register for our football sessions click here and to pre-register for our gymnastic sessions click here. For more information about our Mini Bees programme, please email us at minibees@brentfordfcccst.com.

Club hosts lunch for older residents

Dozens of the area’s older residents were treated to a sumptuous meal at the Annual BFC Christmas Luncheon, held in The Hive, at Griffin Park. This event, now in its ninth season, was put a week before Christmas Day. More than 50 people from local church and community groups, as well as Lifeline members and attendees from Brentford FC Community Sports Trust programmes, enjoyed the festivities.

Attendees enjoyed a three-course meal, supplied by the Brentford FC catering staff, with traditional turkey on offer. The afternoon continued with guests singing Christmas carols playing bingo and taking part in a quiz compiled by Peter Gilham. Further entertainment was also enjoyed by the guests and there were goody bags to take away. Buzz Bee was on hand to join in the celebrations and a great time was had by all.

The Club would like to thank Levy UK, the official food and hospitality partner at Brentford Community Stadium, for their support of the event. They provided table decorations, mince pies and crackers to ensure the event went with a bang. Left over mince pies and decorations were donated to Hounslow Community FoodBox.

Brentford FC 2020/21 Season Ticket pricing update

In case you missed it, most Season Tickets at our new stadium will be purchased from our Reservation Centre (in person or on the phone) and current Season Ticket Holders will be able to purchase up to two additional Season Tickets and form a group of up to 12 supporters*.

We’ve emailed our current Season Ticket Holders with their login details to access our Online Reservation Centre so they can create their group and confirm their contact details ahead of their appointment at the Reservation Centre. Estimated on sale dates for 2020/21 Season Tickets can be found here.

We’ve also sent our Season Ticket brochures by post to current Season Ticket Holders and confirmed that Early Bird prices at the new stadium will expire on Thursday 30 April and will not increase should we get promoted to the Premier League. It also means that, current Season Ticket Holders, Members and their guests will have exclusive access to the Early Bird prices at the new stadium. Full prices and more information about 2020/21 Season Tickets can be found online here.

You can also find the answers to frequently asked questions about 2020/21 Season Tickets in our FAQs here.

With 2019/20 Club Memberships still available for only £25 Adults and £5 Juniors, this is another great reason to join our 4,000 current Members and gain priority access to Season Tickets in the new stadium.

Become a Club Member now

Alternatively, you can also join our Season Ticket waiting list at newstadium.brentfordfc.com

*Subject to availability. Season Ticket Holders will be able to buy two additional Season Tickets in the one purchase. These could be for new Season Ticket Holders, or fellow Season Ticket Holders who are in a later priority window group. Season Ticket Holders can also group up with fellow Season Ticket Holders and their ‘plus two’s’. This will allow you to team up with others that you want to sit with, up to a maximum group size of 12 – assuming your group contains at least four Season Ticket Holders. This will be strictly monitored and we reserve the right to amend this policy should sales exceed expectations. The make-up of your group may impact on where you can sit – larger groups with more new fans will need to move to less central locations to ensure that longer term fans are not unfairly displaced.

Players spread Christmas cheer at West Middlesex Hospital

They have been delivering on the pitch in recent weeks but on Monday members of the First Team and B Team squad delivered in a different way at West Middlesex University Hospital.

Pontus Jansson, Ollie Watkins, Bryan Mbeumo, David Raya, and Joel Valencia spent time distributing presents, signing autographs, and chatting to adult patients on the Kew Ward while Simon Andersson, Jonny Mitchell, Ali Coote, and Joe Hardy visited the Starlight Children’s Ward to spread some Christmas cheer in the run up to the big day.

The visit has become a tradition with gifts donated by Brentford Football Club players and staff handed over to adults and children who have to spend time in hospital over the Christmas period.

Brentford FC top scorer Ollie Watkins said: “It’s nice to put a smile on people’s faces and give them a little surprise. Coming here opens your eyes and you realise how lucky we are to do what we love to do. It really makes you appreciate the little things.”

Director of Nursing at West Middlesex University Hospital, Vanessa Sloane said: “We would like to say a big thank you to Brentford FC for visiting our patients and for the kind gifts. Everyone was delighted to meet the players and it was a lovely festive treat at what can be a difficult time to be in hospital. Together with our charity CW+, we are very proud to be working with Brentford FC and incredibly grateful for all the support they show us and our patients throughout the year. We wish them lots of luck in their next match on Boxing Day.”

Become a Brentford Sports FEST ambassador just like Anna

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust’s biggest event of the year returns on April 5 2020. The Brentford Sports FEST will return next year with the popular 10k & 5k trail runs and 5k Walk & Talk, through the private grounds of Syon Park.

The event continues to go from strength to strength and this year we are excited to announce our new event Ambassadors. All event ambassadors are regular runners, ranging from beginner to more experienced. Our ambassadors will be able to share their experience and help anyone that needs extra information regarding our event in April.

We are happy to announce our first Brentford Sports FEST ambassador, Anna Rutowicz. Anna participated in the 5k run in 2019  and is a regular attendee at Park Run in Gunnersbury Park. Anna started running at the beginning of this year and since taking part in regular training and different running events including the  Brentford Sports FEST, her passion for the sport has grown along with her motivation to encourage others to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

Ambassador Kit:

  • Unique code to book your place
  • Ambassador referral code – 20 per cent offer for ambassador referrals
  • Marketing Collateral and Brentford Sports FEST 2019 giveaway shirts

If you would like to become a Brentford Sports FEST ambassador, please contact events@brentfordfccst.com.

Anna’s Story:

“I started running frequently just this year after getting involved in a local charity 5k. The sense of achievement after completing the run inspired me to challenge myself further, signing up for the Vitality London 10k. I began regular training and came across Brentford Sports FEST, which was taking place a couple of weeks before the anticipated 10k. Taking part in the Sports FEST was such a fun experience that contributed to my motivation and confidence in running long distance. Fast forward to now and I am training for my first ever half marathon!

“Last year’s Sports FEST was very well organised. With a range of activities and running distances, including a family walk and talk, there really was something for everyone. The course took place in the grounds of Syon Park including sections that are usually closed off to the general public, making for a picturesque and interesting route, definitely one to track on Strava. Overall, the event was fun, relaxed and family friendly. Events like this really bring the local community together and I am looking forward to Brentford Sports FEST 2020!’’

Radio link-up for youngsters

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust teamed up with local radio station Westside Radio to offer a DJ masterclass to young people living in Ealing in October. The partnership saw young people from our intervention projects learn how to operate broadcast equipment; learn how to play songs; basic presenting techniques and learning how to prepare and conduct a radio interview. The workshop culminated in the young people interviewing Brentford players Matej Majka and Gustav Mogensen in an interview-style setting.

And after Brentford’s stunning 7-0 victory over Luton Town in November, the youngsters put their skills to the test when they attended the game and took part in the post-match press conference. Rose, 14, had the unique opportunity to ask Brentford Head Coach Thomas Frank what his favourite moment of the game was.

Rose, who is a young carer for her mum, said: “I really enjoyed taking part in the workshop and then testing my skills at the press conference. I am proud to be the only female ‘journalist’ to ask a question!”

Commissioned by Ealing Council, the young people involved in the workshop are part of the Trust’s Young Carers and Brighter Futures projects, which offers educational and support activities. Along with playing the best hip hop and R&B, Westside Radio deliver community content related to Ealing and surrounding boroughs and upskill young people with a range of educational workshops.

Wilzy, Radio Presenter and tutor at Westside Radio, said: “It was a great pleasure training young people from Brentford FC Community Sports Trust in radio presenting. They really enjoyed the experience of presenting a radio show alongside interviewing some of Brentford’s players. Hopefully we have discovered some future stars of sports broadcasting!”

Brentford v Fulham sponsor plays role in tackling loneliness

Football clubs across Britain are urged to bring older and younger people together to help tackle loneliness and ageism and improve health, care and learning across generations. The call comes from United for All Ages, which is sponsored the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Fulham at Griffin Park in December. This is the first of several activities in the coming 12 months to mark United for All Ages’ tenth year as a social enterprise and the growth of intergenerational activities across the country.

Brentford is one of several football clubs which support projects that enable older and younger people to mix and share activities and experiences. In our case, this work is done via Brentford FC Community Sports Trust As well as supporting intergenerational walking football, the Trust is organised a Christmas cookery project bringing together young people on its National Citizens Service scheme with older people living in local sheltered housing. A group of youngsters on the NCS project cooked up a storm when they rustled up a festive Christmas dinner for elderly residents at Brooklands College in Weybridge.

The youngsters are part our football education programme that combines classroom-based learning with a rigorous football training schedule. To complement the learning, students are also taking part in the government-backed NCS programme with the English Football League Trust. The programme aims to provide young people with important life skills, and students earmarked a cooking project as their chosen social action project.

Hansa Darbar, Events, Community and Business Development Officer for Age UK Hounslow, said: “The students were so friendly and made our members feel very welcome and special. They enjoyed the delicious lunch prepared by young chef.”

United for All Ages is aiming to encourage more clubs and their community trusts/foundations to move from supporting age-segregated activities for older people and for young people to doing more to bring older and younger people together to tackle issues like loneliness and ageism, while improving poor health, care , housing and learning, thereby building stronger communities and a stronger country.

Stephen Burke, director of United for All Ages, said: “Football clubs have the power to bring different ages together at a time when there is so much loneliness and division. Brentford’s Christmas cookery project is a great example of the benefits for both young and older people of bringing generations together. Mixing really matters! Enabling different generations to mix and share activities and experiences can tackle loneliness and ageism and improve care, health, housing and learning.

“Brentford is truly a football club for all ages – a real community and family club and a great place to meet friends old and new. In the 2020s together we can make Britain a country for all ages.”

Volunteer at oral history project

Brentford FC and Brentford FC Community Sports Trust has teamed up with educational charity Digital Works to develop an oral history project. We are looking for 16 volunteers to get involved in this exciting new project that will record and preserve the history of fans, players and staff of Brentford FC. If you want to interview the likes of Brentford legends Peter Gilham and Kevin O’Connor then this is the project for you.

All volunteers will receive training and support to conduct oral history interviews. You will be working with local archives in Chiswick as well as accessing the archives of the football club.

Benefits of becoming a volunteer:

  • Tour of Griffin Park
  • Talk and workshop from a historian
  • In-depth training from digital:works in oral history interview techniques and using audio equipment
  • Research workshops at local archives
  • Learn to write interview summaries
  • Support conducting oral history interviews
  • The opportunity to interview some of Brentford’s most well-known people

These recordings will be used to develop an oral history-based documentary that will be shared online, on TV, and at community history groups across the UK.

Your commitment:

You will need to be able to take part in all three training days plus a research visit to Chiswick Library Archives.

Training days are Monday 3 February, Monday 10 February and Thursday 13 February from 10am to 4pm at Griffin Park Learning Zone, Brentford.

There will be an additional research visit to Chiswick Library Archives – date and time to be confirmed.

You will conduct at least one day as part of an interview team. These will mainly take place in the Brentford area throughout March 2020. There will be a big launch event for the film and interviews later in 2020.

Some volunteer expenses will be covered.

Places are limited so please contact us asap to find out more and book your place. To sign up to become a volunteer please contact Matthew Rosenberg at mat@digital-works.co.uk or on 07949 107 023.

Award win for Ben Lampert

Ben Lampert, the UK’s only full-time deaf football coach was among the winners at this year’s UK Coaching Awards. The prestigious annual celebration of Great Coaching, which demonstrates the role coaching plays in transforming lives and inspiring an active nation, was held last month at The Tower Hotel, London. Ben, who works for Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, took home the Changing Lives Award – supported by Sport England.

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 who is also Assistant Manager of the England deaf men’s football team, said: “Coaching is so different to playing. You need a whole host of different skills to coach. We’ve been running the deaf football scheme at Brentford (Community Sports Trust) for ten years and at first we struggled but you come to realise that sport is the same whoever takes part in it.”

The full winners on the night were:

Awards for Coaches:

Children and Young People’s Coach of the Year – supported by sportscotland

Sasha Moore (multi-sport, Stockport)

Community Coach of the Year – supported by Spond

Andrew Beech (multi-sport, London)

Changing Lives Award – supported by Sport England

Ben Lampert (football, London)

Talent Development Coach of the Year – supported by UK PCA

Danielle Brayson (swimming, Glasgow)

High Performance Coach of the Year – supported by UK Sport

Mel Marshall (swimming, Derby/Loughborough)

Young Coach of the Year – supported by Sport Wales

James Galt (football/futsal, Lancashire)

Coaching Moment of the Year – supported by Sports Journalists’ Association

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool FC – 4-0 win over Barcelona in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League semi-final

Lifetime Achievement Award

Judy Murray OBE (tennis)

The Coaching Chain

Ben Stokes (cricket) – Jon Gibson, John Windows, Geoff Cook, Andy Flower and Trevor Bayliss

Hannah Mills (sailing) – Anne Barrett, Ollie Green, Alan Williams and Joe Glanfield

Awards in Support of Coaches:

Coach Developer of the Year

Sue Ringrose (horse racing, Linconshire)

Transforming Coaching Award – supported by Believe Perform

Great Britain Hockey Coach Development Offer

Coaching for an Active Life Award

The Bulldogs (boxing, Port Talbot)

UK Coaching’s Director of Coaching, Emma Atkins said: “What a fantastic night. It has been such a privilege getting to meet so many inspirational coaches. The range of coaching talent in the UK is astonishing and the UK Coaching Awards offers us a chance to recognise the exceptional achievements of just a fraction.

“Whether it’s at community or world class level, Great Coaching is all about people – a great coach focuses on a participant’s character, their feelings and motivations to help them thrive. They create healthy and happy lives and in many cases, can even change the trajectory of someone’s life for the better. You cannot fail to be inspired by the finalists and winners at tonight’s Awards. Congratulations to all of them – and to the work of all coaches doing great work all over the UK”.

Players lend a hand at Hounslow Community FoodBox

Brentford players have once again offered their support to a local charity. David Raya, Rico Henry, Dru Yearwood and Luca Racic visited the Hounslow Community FoodBox in Brentford.  As part of the visit they were able to support and witness the work undertaken by a team of volunteers in providing food and other provisions for the needy in the London Borough of Hounslow.

The four players – along with Player Welfare Manager Peter Gilham – spent time at the volunteer run FoodBox last week. They helped prepare 7-day food boxes for families and individuals in the lead up to Christmas.  Boxes prepared by the Brentford contingent will go in to the local community in the coming days.

While the players were there they learned about the charity – which provides emergency food to those who are in need and live in the Borough and can also help to make referrals to other organisations who can give further support and advice – and also took part in some promotional work to raise awareness of the charity, particularly with Christmas approaching.  It is the second year that Brentford players have worked with the charity.

The FoodBox, located at the Brickfield Community Centre in Brentford, is continually looking for more volunteers and of course donations particularly of non-perishables and money to help extend the service.  For further information, please email info@hounslowfoodbox.org.uk.  You can also read more at hounslowfoodbox.org.uk/ and see latest news @HounslowFoodbox.