Brentford Chairman Cliff Crown visited Bronzefield women’s prison as part of the Twinning Project.

Joined by representatives from the project and the Club’s Community Sports Trust, Mr Crown visited the Ashofrd prison to promote the project that aims to upskill participants through an FA coaching qualification.

Established in 2018 by David Dein MBE, former Vice Chairman of Arsenal Football Club and the Football Association, the Twinning project aims to bring together professional football clubs and prisons across the UK to provide positive pathways for participants and tackle high reoffending rates.

Speaking after the project, the Chairman of Brentford FC, Cliff Crown, said:

“The Twinning Project is a fantastic initiative and I was very pleased to be able to visit Bronzefield and see it in action. Brentford were one of the first clubs to engage with this scheme and our Trust coaches have already made a real impact on the lives of those in custody. I am sure they will continue to do so.

“During my visit I was able to talk with coaches and participants about ways that working with Brentford FC and our Trust will help.

"Coach development is important for the future of our game and this partnership benefits all. The participants will have something tangible they can do when they get out and young people all over the area will be able to learn from someone who can coach them and also give them the benefit of life experience.

"This is a real pathway to a better future for so many people and I have reiterated my pledge that the Club will we do all we can to make our partnership with HMP Bronzefield a success.”

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust has been running the project at Bronzefield prison since October 2019 and has already seen significant results.

One participant on the programme said:

“I really enjoy the programme and it has helped me with my confidence and understanding the importance of teamwork.

“My children are so proud that I am doing this qualification and it has given me hope that I can get involved with women’s football when I get out.”

With only 17% of offenders entering the workplace upon release, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust is in discussions with Brentford FC to offer volunteering and work placement opportunities for participants upon their release.