We are fundraising for the Afghanistan & Central Asian Association
This Saturday as Brentford FC take on Newcastle United we will be fundraising for ACAA as they support their girls-only football team
In March 2021, the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association set up Abresham FC, an Afghan and Muslim girls football club for refugees and recent migrants. The club aims to allow girls from this background to enjoy football in a culturally sensitive environment, whilst reaping the physical and mental benefits of sport. There are now around 30 girls attending training sessions twice a week, and their passion for the game, as well as their confidence, has grown hugely.
Supporters at this Saturday’s game will be able to find participants from our PL Kicks girls-only session at Springwest Academy around the ground with collection buckets. As well as collection buckets in partnership with Collection Pot, QR codes will be found around the ground for supporters wanting to donate using cashless methods. These donations will be sponsoring the PL Kicks participants as they look to raise funds for ACAA through their social action project a 5km walk.
Hannah Finlayson, Girls Football Project Coordinator for ACAA had this to say “We are looking to continue what we have already established and expand further to reach more girls. Any money raised from the Brentford Community Sports Trust fundraiser will be gratefully appreciated and will go towards venue hire for training sessions, coaching fees, and equipment costs.”
We are supporting the organisation as part of our social action project with Premier League Kicks, a national programme funded through the Premier League. The project aims to promote and provide young people with opportunities, using sport as a tool to drive this forward. Other aims of the programme include:
- Increasing playing, coaching and officiating opportunities in football and a range of sports (8-18yrs)
- Enhancing physical and mental wellbeing, including self-esteem, ambition and social skills
- Strengthening communities with a culture of volunteering, social action and positive role models – supporting education, training and employment pathways (focusing on 16-25yrs)
- Working in partnership with young people, the police and other stakeholders in supporting the younger generation with the societal challenges they face (eg youth violence) and improving community safety
- Inspiring young people to develop positive, supportive relationships with one another and the authorities
- Promoting integration and championing equality, diversity and inclusion