Playing the Long Game
Brentford FC Community Sport Trust is this week celebrating its 30th Anniversary and launching its latest Impact Report at the Watermans Arts Centre in Brentford.
Guests from Brentford Football Club and representatives from the many partner organisations, including the leaders of both Ealing and Hounslow Councils, will be in attendance to celebrate this important milestone with trustees, staff and participants.
Formed in 1987 as part of a joint initiative between Brentford Football Club and the two London boroughs of Hounslow & Ealing, the Trust is now one of the leading community organisations linked to a professional football club. Employing 100 staff and volunteers, the Trust has evolved into an award winning, innovative charity that uses the power of sport to engage its community in positive activity. In 2015-16, over 11,000 participants engaged with the Trust through its broad range of programmes.
At the cutting edge of community initiatives linked to sport and education in Brentford FC catchment areas, in 2013 the Trust embarked on an ambitious exercise to value the social cost savings that could be attributed to the range of projects and programmes they were delivering in this field. The social impact cost saving in 2012-2013 was £8.48m increasing to £13.78m for the year 2015-16.
Brentford FC Community Sports Trust CEO Lee Doyle, who has been with the organisation for 29 years, is delighted with the growth in the last three years since the last social impact report.
“The current review demonstrates significant progress and is a product of the partnerships that have been created across all sectors. Brentford Football Club have increased their core support and with new funding streams from the English Football League Trust and Premier League Charitable Fund, we are looking forward to the future.”
The Trust is also launching it’s 3-year strategy which looks forward to the new stadium at Lionel Road including a purpose built Learning Zone. The Club and Trust are also strategic partners at the forthcoming new sports hub at Gunnersbury Park being developed in partnership with Hounslow and Ealing Councils.
To view Brentford FC CST’s 30th Anniversary Review & Strategy 2017-20, please click below: