Brentford FC Community Sports Trust Receives Community Project of the Year Award

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The Trust’s Tackling Discrimination Through the Power of Football initiative was acknowledged at the London Football Awards last night.

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust were awarded the Community Project of the Year award at the London Football Awards last night.

The Trust saw off competition from the Fulham Foundation and Palace For Life Foundation to take home the award for its Tackling Discrimination Through the Power of Football initiative.

Over the last 12 months Brentford FC Club Ambassador, Marcus Gayle, and former Brentford FC Women’s player, Salma Mahamud, have been touring primary schools across our local community with the Championship Play Off Final Trophy to deliver anti-discrimination workshops.

These workshops which stemmed from the Premier Leagues Primary Stars programme aim to educate primary school pupils across our local community on a range of issues, whilst also promoting unity against all forms of racism, as well as championing equality, diversity and inclusion.

Upon receiving the award, Marcus said, “It’s a pleasure to be here representing Brentford. I would like to thank everybody who voted for us. It’s been a very exciting project to work on, especially seeing the impact this has on all the local schools kids when we go in and speak to them.

“This award goes out to all of the team that have put us in this position, with the support of the football club and the staff at the Community Sports Trust. It just goes to show what can be achieved when everyone unites to work on a meaningful project in our community.”

Brentford’s Thomas Frank, David Raya and Ivan Toney were all nominated for the Manager of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year and Premier League Player of the Year categories respectively in 2023.

The London Football Awards are in aid of and organised by UK charity Willow, who provide special days and memories for seriously ill young adults aged 16-40 throughout the UK.

Founded by former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson and his wife Megs in 1999, in memory of their daughter Anna, who died of cancer aged 31. Willow aims to support 1,000 young adults every year, helping them share magic moments with their loved ones. For more information about the work Willow carry out, click here.

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