Trust Hosts Panel Discussion as East and South East Asian Heritage Month Concludes
Last Friday Brentford FC and the Community Sports Trust united to host a staff panel discussion to celebrate East and South East Asian Heritage month.
East and South East Asian (ESEA) Heritage Month is an annual celebration held during September to highlight the histories, achievements, and unique identities of East and South East Asian communities. It aims to foster awareness and understanding of their cultural heritage, promoting inclusivity and appreciation among all members of our community.
As September concluded last week, Club and Trust staff united at the Community Stadium Hub on Friday to celebrate East & South East Asian Heritage Month. The following staff members joined the panel to share more about their stories, culture and experiences:
• Artur Mota – Venue Optimisation Projects Lead (Brentford FC)
• Fred Reilly – Business Operations and Change Manager (Brentford FC)
• Hugh Atkinson – Insight and Impact Senior Manager (BFC Community Sports Trust)
• Philomina Valonda – Finance Assistant (Brentford FC)
The event hosted by Eamon Farag and Kaammini Chanrai, who both grew up in South East Asia, was a fantastic celebration and discussion among peers.
Kaammini Chanrai, Equity and Inclusion Director at Brentford FC said, “East & South East Asian Heritage Month is a time honour and celebrate the culture, diversity, history and contributions of East and South East Asian communities across the UK. This event gave us the privilege of hearing from staff across both Brentford FC and the Community Sports Trust about their backgrounds, cultures and experiences. A special thank you to our Community Sports Trust for hosting us in the Community Stadium Hub.”
Hugh Atkinson, Insight and Impact Senior Manager at Brentford FC Community Sports Trust added, “It’s great to be part of an organisation that creates space for staff and community members of East and Southeast Asian heritage. There was such a brilliant turnout from both club and trust who came to hear our stories.”