Successful streaming event held in stadium

Brentford FC held a successful event for around 200 supporters inside our new home on Saturday. More than 1,000 fans registered for an opportunity to watch Brentford’s game away to Stoke City in socially distanced conditions inside the stadium on Saturday afternoon. Groups of fans from the same household enjoyed food and drink while watching Brentford’s game at Stoke, beamed back live, in one of the lounges at our new stadium. The event was open to our Premium Seat Members and to supporters who froze their 2020/21 Season Tickets until next year. It was heavily oversubscribed and further events will be held in line with Government guidance at upcoming matches. The next of these will be this coming Saturday when The Bees travel to Luton Town. The Club is also working with local and na

Trust update: Tier Two restrictions in London

Following on from the government’s decision to move London into Tier Two Covid restrictions, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust would like to reassure participants that all sessions are running as planned. The Trust has undertaken a number of measures to ensure its projects are “Covid-secure” including thorough risk assessments, temperature checks and appropriate social distancing. The Trust will continue to monitor the ongoing situation closely and provide any further updates in due course. If you have any concerns regarding you or your child’s safety at any of our sessions, feel free to email enquiries@brentfordfccst.com and Trust staff will be able to assist you.

EFL statement: Meetings with clubs

EFL clubs met by division to discuss the conditional offer put forward  by the Premier League in respect to the financial support required as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The need for continued unity across the membership base was fundamental to discussions across all three divisions, and therefore there was a strong consensus that any rescue package must meet the requirements of all 72 clubs before it can be considered in full. The League has been very clear in its discussions of the financial requirements needed to address lost gate receipts in 2019/20 and 2020/21, and while EFL clubs are appreciative that a formal proposal has now been put forward, the conditional offer of £50million falls some way short of this. The EFL is keen to continue discussions with the Premier Leagu

Brentford and London Irish back Evening Standard campaign

Brentford FC and London Irish RFC have joined forces to back the Evening Standard's 'Bring Back The Fans' campaign. The Evening Standard launched their campaign last Friday, with widespread support across the capital from a host of Premier League and Football League clubs – and now Brentford and London Irish, who have a licence to play at the venue, have come together to show their support. Jon Varney, Brentford FC Chief Executive, said: “We fully support the Evening Standard’s Bring Back The Fans campaign and are delighted to join forces with our friends at London Irish to advocate for supporters being allowed in to our new stadium. This is a challenging time for everyone and the safety of all concerned must of co

EFL Statement: Financial support and Project Big Picture

Financial Support Package The EFL will meet with all EFL clubs on Thursday (today) to discuss the proposed financial support put forward today by the Premier League. The Premier League has written to the EFL in respect of a ‘much needed support package’ and provided details of an approved £50m grant and loan facility for League One and Two clubs only. In addition, the Premier League has requested further discussions with the EFL regarding the nature of this proposal and also on future, potential loan funding for Championship clubs in Covid-19 distress. The League will be not be commenting further until it has discussed the elements of the proposal with its membership. Project Big Picture The EFL notes the

Brentford FC Statement: Project Big Picture

Along with all Sky Bet Championship clubs, Brentford FC can confirm we attended an initial high-level briefing on Project Big Picture yesterday morning. The EFL confirmed its position after the meeting yesterday, following a statement by EFL Chair Rick Parry at the weekend on proposals for the future of English Football, called Project Big Picture. It is our view a number of the headline proposals are positive and require further debate and we believe the timing is now right to look at developing a new long-term sustainable future for the entire English football pyramid. Much of the press and public comment to date has been around governance matters away from the EFL environment. This is not for us to comment on and beyond our sphere of influence, but clearly needs addressing by the

Open letter to supporters from football authorities

Late yesterday, Tuesday 6 October, the following open letter was released: The Premier League, EFL, The FA, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship want to assure all fans that together we are fully committed to your safe return to football grounds as soon as possible. The health of the nation remains our overriding priority, and for many months we have been working with experts to make our grounds as safe as, if not safer than, any other public activity currently allowed. And we are consulting with the Football Supporters’ Association to keep supporters updated every step of the way. We know attendance at matches can play a positive role in people’s lives during these challenging times. And the past few months have shown how clubs can still feel the

More than 90 per cent of Bees fans freeze 2020/21 Season Tickets

Last month, 2020/21 Season Ticket Holders were presented with three options following the Government’s announcement that games will continue to be played behind closed doors: Freeze, reserve or refund. Supporters were asked to respond using the links in an email from the Club by the midnight deadline last Friday (2 October). The Club is overwhelmed by the response of its Season Ticket Holders, with more than 90 per cent of supporters opting to freeze their 2020/21 Season Tickets. All Season Ticket Holders will be contacted over the coming days to confirm the choice they made for the 2020/21 campaign. C

Brentford FC mentioned in Parliament

A local MP has called for a pathway from the Government for fans to return to football matches. Seema Malhotra, MP for Feltham and Heston, spoke in Parliament today about football matches, and other sporting events, taking place without fans. She asked the Government to provide a way forward. Clubs like @BrentfordFC worked hard to welcome fans back safely, but with no clear path for them to return now, the financial pressure for clubs is growing. The govt must work with experts on safe spectator return and keep clubs & fans updated. @RuthCadbury

Asahi named a Founder Partner at Brentford’s New Stadium

Brentford FC can announce that the long-standing association with the nearby Griffin Brewery, where the renowned Fuller’s London Pride has been made for more than 60 years, will continue into the next phase of the Club’s history. Brentford has reached agreement with Asahi, owner of the Fuller’s beer and brewing business, to become a Founder Partner at its new stadium less than a mile away from Griffin Park. The five-year arrangement will see a range of Asahi’s brands available for fans of both The Bees and London Irish RFC, who will also play at the stadium, at bars across the venue, both in Premium and General Admission areas. Following on from its role as Presenting Partner for the final season at Griffin Park – a

Brentford FC involved in recovery conference

People from across the London Borough of Hounslow gathered online earlier this month to discuss how to support and empower communities through coronavirus and the looming economic and social impact. Jon Varney, Brentford FC Chief Executive, was among those taking part in the session. Hounslow is expected to be one of the hardest hit boroughs with 42,500 residents on furlough, 47.7 per cent of jobs in severely impacted sectors, and a forecasted £1bn loss to the local economy because of the reduced number of visitors to Heathrow. At the session, 210 delegates from local community groups, businesses, public sector partners and residents attended what is thought to be the first borough-wide recovery conference of any local authority in the UK to help shape a joint vision for Hounslow's reco

Trust’s online health sessions continue

With the Covid-19 pandemic still ongoing, Brentford FC Community Sport Trust have remined that they are still offering a variety of online health classes. The Trust's #BeeatHome initiative kept people active during the Covid-19 outbreak and that was followed by the #BeeWell inititative, launched to continue the stay healthy message. See more here. #BeeWell includes a variety of ways for people to stat fit while at home. Classes are on at times to suit, whether you are working from home or looking to do more around daily life. See more below.

FA update following Government Covid-19 measures

Earlier this week the Government announced a decision to suspend plans for the return of fans to matches. See more on the BBC here. EFL Chair Ricky Parry issued a response to that, which can be seen here. The FA have also updated after the news: We understand the Government’s decision, as the health of the nation is the priority. However, it is important to recognise that the impact on football will be huge. Clubs up and down the country are really struggling, and many will have been looking forward to crowds coming back in order to provide much-needed income during these difficult tim

Season Ticket Holders sent options for 2020/21 season

All Brentford supporters who have secured Season Tickets for our 2020/21 campaign will have received an email from the Club today, Thursday 24 September, outlining three options for this season following this week’s government announcement that games will continue to be played behind closed doors. As we explained last week, the Club had been working towards having fans in our new home from next month. Sadly, the government update earlier this week means we are now preparing for games to continue behind closed doors until the end of this year, although we will be ready to host our supporters as soon as the g

University of West London is first New Stadium Founder Partner

Brentford Football Club is delighted to announce that long-term partner the University of West London (UWL) has extended its relationship with The Bees. The University campus is spread across sites in Ealing and Brentford, while the Berkshire Institute for Health at Fountain House is in Reading town centre. As the Club’s Official Education Partner and Stadium Founder Partner, UWL’s branding will appear at The Bees’ new home for both Brentford and London Irish fixtures; a visible sign of the University’s commitment to supporting the local community as a provider of first-rate higher education courses. UWL will also benefit from bespoke digital campaigns across the Club’s official website, app and social platforms. Fundam

EFL statement: Update from EFL Chair

On behalf of EFL Chair, Rick Parry, the EFL has provided the following update: Following the successful return of supporters to seven fixtures last Saturday, 19 September, the EFL is disappointed at yesterday’s decision to suspend plans for the return of fans to matches. [See more on the BBC here] Of course we recognise that the UK is facing a significant public health crisis and that sport has to play its part in helping the Government manage the spread of the virus at this difficult time. This is why over many months we have helped the Government devise, refine and pilot stringent stadium protocols designed to keep supporters safe. Staging professional football matches is one of the most heavily regulated areas of crowd managemen

September updates from the EFL

A number of EFL Clubs will be permitted to admit spectators into Sky Bet League matches this weekend as part of the ongoing ‘return of fans’ pilot programme. As per the current guidance, crowds will be capped at a capacity of 1,000 as discussions continue with the Government about return for supporters’ in greater numbers post October 1, 2020. The move to extend the programme follows a successful pilot staged at Cambridge United last week when fans were in attendance at a professional football match for the first time since March.  This statement from the EFL, which can be seen in full

Saturday morning Football Development Centre

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust's Saturday Football Development Centre at Gunnersbury Park launches this week. The new programme aims to provide fun, engaging and technically-focussed football sessions. Hosted at the brand new Gunnersbury park, participants will enjoy the excellent facilities on offer. These sessions are perfect for Boys and Girls aged 5-11 that enjoy playing football and the first one is tomorrow, Saturday 19 September. Youngsters can be booked on single sessions or in blocks and more can be seen here. ✅Expert coaching ✅ State-of-the-art facilities at @Gunnersbury1 ✅

Brentford FC backs calls to get fans back to watching in stadiums

Brentford Football Club is supporting the EFL in its efforts to achieve the safe return of fans to stadia and is working with local MPs, our Safety Advisory Group and fans to develop and implement detailed plans to achieve it. The EFL and other sporting bodies met with Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, yesterday to discuss the financial impact that Covid-19 is having on the sports sector and issues around the partial return of fans to sports events which is currently under review by the Government. In the meeting, the EFL stressed that the safety of fans and staff remains paramount and outlined the extensive arrangements that will be put in place to ensure the controlled return of fans follows all relevant public health guidelines. Eight EFL games

Official handover of Griffin Park complete

After more than a century and more memories than can be counted, Brentford FC are no longer the owners of Griffin Park. The Bees have moved in to a new stadium and began life at our new home with a Carabao Cup win over Wycombe Wanderers. With our new home now ready for use, ownership of Griffin Park has changed hands. Brentford FC moved in to Griffin Park – a former orchard initially leased from the Fuller, Smith and Turner brewery that is still associated with the Club – in 1904, and first played on the ground on 1 September that year, against Plymouth Argyle. The stadium saw top-flight football, redevelopment that took it to a highest capacity of more than 38,000, Second World War bombing and a fire before it was vacated last month. Once a safety certificate was achieved for the n

Council congratulations as we open our new home

Brentford FC received the congratulations of Hounslow Council after opening our new home last week. The Bees began life in the new stadium with a penalty shoout-out win over Wycombe Wanderers in the Carabao Cup. They will play their first league fixture in the stadium this Saturday, 19 September, against Huddersfield Town. Hounslow Council has been working with Brentford FC to make its 17,250-seater Brentford Community Stadium on Lionel Road Covid-secure. The local Safety Advisory Group gave the Club a safety certificate at the end of last month. Games are currently being played behind closed doors and will continue to work with local authorities to get fans inside the stadium when it is safe to do so. After the game, Hounslow Council Leader Steve Curran, said: “It’s great to see

Community Trust activities continue

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust has announced that its activities will continue despite changes to regulations on social gatherings. The Government announced last week new rules that restrict indoor and outdoor gatherings in England and Scotland. This is due to a rise in confirmed cases of Covid-19 with the pandemic that forced severe restrictions on movement earlier this year still in circulation. But the Trust has confirmed that its sessions confirm to Goverment regulations and will continue. ❗️UDPATE Despite the government changes to Covid-19 regulations, we are still running all our community activities as normal. All our sessions adhere to the guidelines and we are committed to keeping all our participants saf

Update on EFL return to match pilot

Cambridge United have cancelled a plan to have a second match in front of fans this weekend but the Government have confirmed pilot events can continue despite changes to restrictions on meeting people. It was announced last week that supporters would return to EFL fixtures next week, with two matches confirmed as test events in line with the Government's pilot scheme. The first took place on Tuesday, 8 September, as Cambridge played EFL Trophy fixture against Fulham Under-21. But the second, due to take place tomorrow, has been called off. Cambridge were chosen by the EFL to host the two test events, having previously been part of a joint project by the EFL and the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) that looked at the safe application of social distancing at football grounds. That

Livestream Brentford FC games

Livestream Brentford FC games The Government's new Covid guidance says that organised outdoor sport is still exempt from legal gathering limits across all levels, which includes 'organised outdoor team sport' like football. Though you may not be able to go to the pub to watch any football games, Brentford FC's iFollow software is available to watch any which will be played over the second lockdown. It has a range of features including live match video streams, live audio commentary and 'exclusive club content.' The Basic Pass is free, and allows you to watch match highlights, behind the scenes content and see the club's newsletter. Other passes start from as little as £2.50, with the live stream video pass being £10.00. A full list of the pass prices and feature

Stadium newsletter sent out to residents

The sixth Brentford Community Stadium construction newsletter has been delivered to around 4,000 local residents and businesses close to the site over the last few days. The Club, working with Development Partner EcoWorld London, have been keeping people in the local area updated as the building work has continued. A series of newsletters have been sent and the latest is out now. The newsletter provides an update on how the development of the whole site is continuing. Brentford have played their first games inside the stadium in the past week after gaining a safety certificate. There is also news of work being done in the local community. See the newsletter

Brentford FC move in to new home

The next chapter in the Brentford FC story is ready to be written as our new stadium is now complete and ready for use. We can confirm that in the last few days a safety certificate has been granted for our new home to host games behind closed doors. The stadium was completed earlier this month and the first match will be played on the pitch in the coming days. Work on the 17,250-seat stadium began in early 2018 and was almost complete at the start of this year when restrictions on movement were put in place due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Our Development Partner EcoWorld London and their stadium principal contractor Buckingham Construction Group Limited have been working safely to get the stadium ready over the past five months. The work of all involved from the Club, Lionel Road Develop

2020/21 – fans attending matches August update

More than 11,000 fans, including our Premium Seat Members, have now secured their seats in our new stadium. We can also announce that more than 10,000 of these seats are General Admission and Premium Season Tickets, in ‘The Dugout’. The government has released initial guidance on planning for social distancing in sports grounds. This may, if all goes well, allow fans into our new stadium to watch games before the end of 2020, but this is yet to be confirmed. We now know the first matches at our new stadium will be behind closed doors and, following that, the attendance will be restricted so that social distancing can be maintained. At this moment in time, government advice states that the earliest that fans could return to football stadia is 1 October. We are working through this

Community Trust offering free Zumba classes

As part of the ongoing #BeeWell campaign, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust is now offering free online Zumba classes. With many now returning to work, the Trust have adapted their sessions to fit around everyone’s busy schedules. The #BeeWell campaign, aims to support children and adults with their physical and mental wellbeing, offering an array of online activities to support during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The #BeeWell campaign follows on from the Trust’s successful #BeeatHome campaign, which saw a staggering 1,000 children and young people take part in online activities during the government lockdown. Onlin activities are continuing and Zumba classes are now available. ?In partnership with

Brentford FC supports #KeepHounslowSafe message

Hounslow Council has issued a message from Kelly O’Neill, Director of Public Health. It has been reported that Covid-19 cases are rising in the borough. Brentford FC is encouraging all borough residents to follow the advice of the local authority to keep each other safe. Be part of the team and help #KeepHounslowSafe - Get a test if you have any of these symptoms: • High temperature • New, continuous cough • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste Call 119 or visit ?https://t.co/2QkLR2lcNY@LBofHounslow

Investment in female sport in local area

Sport England has awarded £1m of National Lottery funding to England’s hosting of the UEFA European Women’s Championship in 2022 (WEURO2022) with a view to increasing the number of adult women playing football in England. In keeping with Sport England’s continued commitment to women’s and girls’ sport, the investment will support the development of local plans within the proposed EURO 22 host cities: London, Trafford, Manchester, Sheffield, Rotherham, Milton Keynes, Wigan and Leigh, Brighton and Hove and Southampton. Brentford Community Stadium is currently scheduled to be hosting games in the tournament. Eight Host City Legacy Groups have been established with key partners from Football, Local Authorities, Active Partnerships, Education, Public Health and Culture coming toge