Why EFL Clubs are more important than ever

The power of football and its clubs has been undeniable for some time, its importance and influence increasing year-on-year and extending well beyond the 90 minutes on the pitch. Now, that importance is more apparent than ever, with the positive impact of clubs on their respective communities - including supporters, businesses and educational facilities - brought to the fore by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. And today, Monday 26 October, the EFL is sharing some of the stories of work being done in the community. The work done by Brentford FC Community Sports Trust has never been in question. Formed in 1987 as part of a joint initiative between Brentford Football Club and the two London boroughs of Hounslow and Ealing, the Trust is now one of the leading community organisations linked

More media reports from inside new stadium

Brentford FC are now established in their new home with the new 2020/21 season well underway. We have played five games at our new stadium and already had some memorable moments. There has been a West London derby win over Fulham and two Sky Bet Championship victories. All games at the moment are, unfortunately, being played behind closed doors but media, including the Sky Sports cameras, are in attendance. Thomas Frank has also done pre-match media inside the stadium this week. Some of the media responses to our stadium can be seen below. Brentford Community Stadium. Very impressive, will be even more special when fans eventually allowed in. Club done a great job, detail, rake, location etc ?

Brian Burgess congratulated after British Empire Medal award

Brian Burgess has received congratulations from across Brentford FC and Brentford FC Community Trust after being named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Brian, who has been involved with Brentford FC for decades, was awarded the British Empire Medal, which is granted in recognition of meritorious civil or military service, for his service to football. The citation specifically mentioned Brian’s role as a Trustee of Brentford Football Club Community Sports Trust. Brian has been a Trustee of Brentford FC Community Sports Trust charity since it became an independent trust in 2005. He also played a key role in Bees United, the Brentford Supporters’ Trust, and was Chairman for four years. Read more about the award

“We are all under the same brand – indivisible.”

As Brentford FC take up residence at their new home, everyone is looking forward. Donald Kerr, the Club's Vice Chairman who is also on the Board of Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, has spoken about the future. The below interview was carried out by the Trust and looks at what is coming up in the community. The Trust ran a hugely successful #BeeatHome campaign during the government lockdown – running its community activities online. For you, what was the highlight of that campaign? It is difficult to pick a particular highlight, but I think there are several things that really stand out for me. The way the Trust organised 600 activity packs to be delivered to local families was a fantastic initiative. We quickly came to the realisation that many families in the

Brian Burgess awarded British Empire Medal

Brian Burgess - former Deputy Chairman of Brentford FC and a current Trustee of Brentford FC Community Sports Trust - was named in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. The announcement of the honours, delayed by the Covid-19 outbreak, came yesterday morning and Brian was on the list. He was awarded the British Empire Medal for his service to football. The British Empire Medal is granted in recognition of meritorious civil or military service. Brian, currently an Associate Director, was nominated for his work for the Trust. The citation on the award read: "Brian Robert Burgess. Trustee, Brentford Football Club Community Sports Trust. For voluntary service to Football." Brian was one of the original members of Bees United, the Brentford FC Supporters' Trust, and subsequently became Chair

Watch: “Football belongs to people. It’s almost dying.”

At the end of last week, Sky Sports out out a special film. On Friday night, before their live match, Skycbroadcast a piece of film that featured club representatives and the EFL Chair Rick Parry in an open and honest description of the challenging circumstances currently being faced across the league. See it below. ? "Football belongs to people. It's almost dying." Figures from across the @EFL discuss the potentially catastrophic financial implications of current government restrictions on fans entering stadiums. pic.twitter.com/ydurBwaG5a — Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball)

Jon Varney shows Sky Sports around our new home

In a feature shown on Sky last weekend, ahead of our game against Wycombe Wanderers, Brentford FC Chief Executive gave the cameras a behind the scenes look at our new home. He outlined what fans will experience when we can welcome them back to our new home and showed some of the special features of our state-of-the-art stadium. Thanks to Sky Sports for sharing the footage with us.

First media reports from inside new stadium

Brentford FC are getting established in their new home with the new 2020/21 season underway. We played our first game at the stadium at the start of the month - a friendly draw against Oxford United - before the first competitive action last weekend. The Bees beat Wycombe Wanderers in the Carabao Cup last Sunday in a match decided by a penalty shoot-out. All games at the moment are being played behind closed doors but media, including the Sky Sports cameras, are in attendance. Thomas Frank also did some media work inside the stadium this week, ahead of the match against Birmingham City. Some of the media responses to our stadium can be seen below. Brentford's futuristic stadium i

Stu Wakeford behind the scenes at our New Home

On Sunday we play our first ever competitive game at our new home. Ahead of the game, Stu Wakeford was given unrestricted access to go behind the scenes at our finished home.

Watch: Our new home: From start to finish

We have now played our first game at our new home. A state-of-the-art stadium has risen before our eyes and a new era for Brentford FC is underway. We have come a long way since ground-breaking. Have a look at what we have achieved………

Officials outline #BeeTogether with Off the Pitch

Brentford FC have been talking in depth to Off the Pitch about our Bee Together strategy. Off the Pitch delivers unrivalled football business journalism and insight to subscribers as well as delivering a business intelligence tool to compare data from clubs across Europe. Chief Executive Jon Varney joined Directors Monique Choudhuri and Nity Raj for a conversation about Bee Together, the Club's diversity and inclusion policy. In an interview that lasted more than an hour in early July, the three spoke about lessons learned in recruitment on the pitch - which has just helped Brentford to their highest league finish since 1947 - could be used in other areas. There was a discussion about how the Club looks to grow its fanbase in one of the most diverse areas in the country and that recent

Sky say Farewell to Griffin Park with special video

It was a historic and momentus day at Griffin Park yesterday as Brentford played their final ever game at their historic home. The Bees have played in that little corner of TW8 for 116 years but will move to a new stadium before the start of next season. They bowed out in the best possible way, beating Swansea City to secure a place in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final. Last night's game was live on Sky Sports, as many have been in recent years. Prior to the match they brought some fans on site to look back at some of the best moments at the stadium. With the game behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this was a chance for everyone to say goodbye. Have a look at what Sky produced. ?? - "A proper football groun

Brentford Women’s FC celebrate 30th birthday

The eyes of the football world will be on Griffin Park this evening but most watching will not be aware of a special Brentford FC anniversary that is also being marked this week. On 28 July 1990, the first steps were taken to form Brentford Women's FC. Three decades on Brentford face Swansea City in the last ever match at Griffin Park and many of the players from Brentford's women's teams that have also graced the turf will be watching and remembering their days on the pitch. The team was formed by Roger Crook in response to the demands from his daughter Amy to play football. Both are part of the matchday team at Griffin Park and work with Brentford FC Community Sports Trust. They took the time, after the Brentford Women's season was halted by the Covid-19 pandemic to tell the story of

Football never went away at Brentford FC

With EFL clubs and their respective community 0rganisations working up and down the country to support families during the Covid-19 crisis, the EFL Trust have launched its “Football Never Went Away” campaign that highlighted the community response to the crisis. With 36.6million people in England and Wales living within a 10-mile radius of an EFL Ccub – a radius that encompasses four in 10 residents who fall into the most-deprived population groups – never has this work been more important. More than 215,000 food parcels have been delivered across the network, including an extra 26,000 Easter eggs and treats to NHS staff and vulnerable adults and children. And as the Government called on the public to ease the burden on the National Health Service, at least 30 clubs opened thei

#BeeTogether – What it means to us

Brentford Football Club has been consistent for many years with its position on racial equality. We want everyone to feel welcome at Brentford and will continue to fight racism and discrimination of any kind. The events of the past few weeks have highlighted the importance of this work and we can all do our bit to make a difference. Togetherness is one of our key values as a Club. We pride ourselves on our spirit and togetherness on and off the pitch. We believe that working together has got us to our current position and in the past few months when we have not been able to be physically together, it is the value of togetherness that has helped us get through these incredibly challenging times. We have a dressing room and staff consisting of more than 15 different nationalities and f

Brentford players, fans and staff send message of togetherness

Ahead of their first match back this weekend, Brentford Football Club has released a new video reiterating its stand against racism and discrimination. Under its #BeeTogether banner, the video features Brentford players, fans and staff, and stresses the importance the Club places on togetherness and unity. Jon Varney, Brentford FC Chief Executive, said: “It may not be possible for us to be together in person right now, but we can all be together in spirit, working together to build a Club and ethos that we can all be proud of. We want everyone to feel welcome at Brentford and will continue to fight racism and discrimination of any kind. The

Ollie catches up with Callum on #BeeatHome packs

Ollie Watkins spoke to one of his biggest fans earlier this month about a special community project. Brentford FC Community Sports Trust launched a new community initiative in early May which saw dozens of children receive free activity packs to keep them active and healthy within their homes. The initiative, developed in partnership with Hounslow Council, saw 600 activity packs delivered across eight housing estates in Hounslow. With the Trust’s involvement in the borough spanning more than three decades, the activity packs were created to replace the free sports and youth activity sessions it usually runs every week in partnership with Hounslow Council. Prior to the govern

Round up of the #BeeatHome activities

When the government restricted all but essential movement across the UK in March, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust launched a #BeeatHome campaign that encouraged children and adults to stay active within their homes. The Trust delivered 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. The two month campaign saw people getting involved in a range of ways, as can be seen below. You can read more about the #BeeatHome campaign here and the Trust has now launched a #BeeWell campaign

Tariqe turns coach to help in community

Brentford attacked Tariqe Fosu helped run a football session for children from home last week. Tariqe, who joined The Bees from Oxford United in January, transformed his flat into a training ground as he coached children from Brentford FC Communty Sports Trust's Football Development Centre. The live online session was part of the Trust’s #BeeatHome campaign, which encourages children to remain active within their homes or local area. Tariq, who joined Brentford FC in the January transfer window, was more than happy to coach the budding young footballers through a range of drills. He watched them trying them out and gave feedback during the 45-minute video call. See the best bits of the session below. Luke Brooks-Smith, Head of Community Sport at Brentford FC Community Sports Trust,

The #BeeatHome Activity Pack drop features on ITV News

ITV News have shared Brentford FC Community Sports Trust's new initiative, which has seen hundreds children receive free activity packs to keep them active and healthy within their homes during this period, with the rest of London. The initiative, developed in partnership with Hounslow Council, will see packs delivered across housing estates in Hounslow over the next couple of weeks. The first drop was at Brentford Towers on 6 May and the story featured on ITV News in London on Tuesday, May 19. With the Trust’s involvement in the borough spanning more than three decades, the activity packs were created to replace the free sports and youth activity sessions it usually runs eve

Luke Skelhorn BBC London interview on activity packs

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust has launched a new initiative which has seen hundreds children receive free activity packs to keep them active and healthy within their homes during this period. The initiative, developed in partnership with Hounslow Council, will see packs delivered across housing estates in Hounslow over the next couple of weeks. The first drop was at Brentford Towers on 6 May. With the Trust’s involvement in the borough spanning more than three decades, the activity packs were created to replace the free sports and youth activity sessions it usually runs every week in partnership with Hounslow Council. Prior to the government lockdown, the Trust was deliv

Luke answers questions from young fans with special needs

Being asked who his favourite Disney princess is isn’t the usual question a professional footballer gets asked. Yet goalkeeper Luke Daniels was asked just that when he took part in an online quiz for Brentford FC Community Sport Trust's Short Breaks project, which supports children with special needs. The session saw Brentford goalkeeper Luke play quizmaster in an exciting online quiz before the roles were swapped and the children asked Luke a number of questions – including his favourite cereal. Luke said: “I really enjoyed taking part in the online educational session – it was great to inspire the children involved and have fun at the same time. During these difficult times, children and young people need all the support they can get.  The Trust is a stellar example of suppo

Take a closer look at new Brentford stadium

Whilst visiting our New Stadium Reservation Centre earlier this year, some supporters had the opportunity to virtually experience the stadium with our state-of-the-art VR headsets. Sadly, that isn’t an option at the moment. However, we’re now pleased to release the 360 views on our new stadium website here. You can see the views from our South Stand, where the Premium Seats, Media and Dug Outs are located , or from the North Stand, which includes the Family Area. The West Stand is where many of those who stand on the Ealing Road have chosen to buy their seats, while the East Stand will house the away fans, as well as many Bees supporters in the South East corner. See it all here.

#TakeYourSeats: new Brentford Community Stadium video

With our Season Ticket migration process now just about complete, many Brentford fans will have secured their spot at our new home. As part of the Reservation Centre visit, fans will have seen a video showing artists' impressions of what the stadium will look like. This has been updated and can be seen below. Despite the closure of our Reservation Centre due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, Brentford fans continued buy their Season Tickets for our new home and we have now sold more than 7,500. Appointments have been conducted using phone an

Jon Varney answers questions from Brentford fans

Jon Varney, Brentford FC Chief Executive, spent a couple of hours on Saturday answering questions from fans. The Club worked with the Griffin Park Grapevine, an online forum where Bees fans can offer opinions on everything Brentford related, to put on a video question and answer session for supporters. Jon tackled questions on his time supporting Brentford before taking on the and the current off-pitch situation at the Club.

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.

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

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.

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