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Griffin Park Learning Zone


Griffin Park Learning Zone

Griffin Park Learning Zone (GPLZ) is an education centre situated in the heart of Brentford Football Club’s Griffin Park Stadium. During the week the Brentford FC Media Room is transformed into an ICT & learning suite offering stimulating activities which motivate and inspire learners.

Participants benefit from our unique learning environment and ethos and we draw on our professional resources, using the football stadium, coaching staff and the Brentford FC players to enhance our programmes.

Through all our programmes we reinforce positive attitudes to learning and promote behaviours and skills which provide a platform to achieve.

All programmes are designed to complement the learning that takes place in school and our work is tailored to focus on the needs of particular individuals, groups or classes.

Building self-confidence and motivation are major features in all our activities and we are able to allow young people the freedom to be creative, working independently or in groups at their own pace to ensure they get the most out of their time with us. 

Griffin Park Learning Zone key aims:

  • Promote & reinforce positive attitudes to learning
  • Intervention through creative activities
  • Promote independent learning & lifelong learning
  • Improve self-esteem & confidence
  • Raising attainment
  • Developing skills in Literacy, Numeracy & ICT (including speaking and listening, creative writing, problem solving)
  • Improve motivation & resilience
  • Promote behaviours and skills which underpin success in education and work
  • Removing barriers to learning
  • Raising aspirations and provide pathways for further education and work

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GPLZ can support:
Out of hours learning, curriculum workshops, after school clubs (at GPLZ or in school), intervention projects for under achieving students, specific subject areas and themes (in consultation with schools), young people at risk of exclusion, SEN groups, transition programmes, enrichment days and school outcomes and reward positive behaviour.

Some of our programmes include:

The Buzz – Primary After School Club at Griffin Park Stadium
Termly after school programme where pupils participate in a whole range of creative activities within the Learning Zone which reinforce key literacy, numeracy and ICT skills. Using ipads to create movies, orienteering around Griffin Park stadium, teambuilding challenges and meeting a first team player are just some of the highlights.

90 Minutes
Exciting sports programme delivered in school by BFCCST coaches combining football coaching and literacy in two 45 minute segments. The literacy component is a cross-curricular sport related workbook which will engage pupils offering an interesting context from which to learn.

Fearless Journalism
Pupils become journalists for the morning, taking part in a Brentford FC stadium tour before preparing questions for a Press Conference with one of the Brentford FC players. This can also be delivered in school.

+ Sport Move & Learn Project (Year 5 only)
6-week healthy lifestyles programme delivered in school, focused around understanding why it is important to eat nutritionally good food and why sport or being active is important. Classroom based lesson followed by a coaching session.

Short Breaks Programme
The Short Breaks Programme is run in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow and offers young people with disabilities the chance to enjoy a range of sport and educational activities via after school clubs and holiday provision. The young people benefit from taking part in new experiences, meeting different people, day trips, creative ICT and Literacy activities.

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For further enquiries: 

Chris Barrett – Griffin Park Learning Zone Manager
General enquiries, After School Clubs & Education workshops

Ghausia Amin – GPLZ Deputy Manager
SEN and Intervention programmes

Akar Bapir – BFCCST Health Officer
+ Sport Move & Learn project 

Griffin Park Learning Zone
Brentford Football Club
Griffin Park Stadium
Braemar Road

Tel: 020 8758 0523 & 07874 742 211 (Chris Barrett Work Mobile)