A brand new all-weather 3G football pitch has been opened on Brentford's Green Dragon Lane estate.
Published: Monday, 26th July 2021
As fans look forward to Brentford’s Premiership season, a brand new all-weather 3G football pitch, providing a safe place for local children to play and exercise outdoors, has been unveiled on Brentford’s Green Dragon Lane estate.
The new Cruyff Court is a joint venture between Hounslow Council and the Johan Cruyff Foundation and supported by the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust. Local children will be able to organise their own matches on the new pitch, which will also be used for coaching sessions provided by the Community Sports Trust.
On hand to open the pitch officially were Mayor of Hounslow Councillor Bishnu Gurung, Simon Wood of the Cruyff Foundation and Brentford FC legend and club ambassador, Marcus Gayle, who made 230 appearances for the club.
The official opening of the Brentford Towers Cruyff Court was the centrepiece of a big community day for tenants which also included a football tournament organised by the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, DJs, a talent competition, face painting, food and drink and a local dance group and steel band.
Councillor Bishnu Gurung, Mayor of Hounslow, said: “Football is a national passion and following the recent EURO 2020 and Brentford’s return to the top-flight, we hope to encourage local children to put their trainers on and become more active. Brentford Community Stadium will also host matches at next summer’s UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, creating positive role models for boys and girls, inspiring them to keep active and healthy.
“Unfortunately, not everyone can easily take part in sports, so this new facility provides a safe place for people to play outside – and I want it to become a space where users learn the importance of togetherness, making friends, discovering their own talents, and winning and losing.”
Niels Meijer, director of the Johan Cruyff Foundation commented: “With this Cruyff Court space is created for children and youth. Space to sport and play. Space to grow. Space to make friends. Space to be active and improve physical and mental health. Nowadays this is more important than ever. We want to thank players of the People’s Postcode Lottery who co-fund important projects like this.”
Luke Skelhorn, Operations Director, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust said: “The new Cruyff Court is a fantastic facility for the residents of Brentford Towers and the wider community. The children, young people and families we engage with throughout the year via Trust projects such as Hounslow Street Sports and the Youth Service will benefit from the development, ensuring that they have access to a new outdoor space for play and recreation in the heart of their community.”
The Green Dragon Lane estate in Brentford – comprising Brentford Towers and Haverfield – is a well-known Hounslow landmark with historic links to the water works, steam museum and the quarries. Hounslow Council has delivered a large programme of improvement works on the estate after extensive consultation with tenants. This included undertaking structural improvements, extensive concrete repairs, external redecoration throughout, window replacement and refurbishment to all communal lobbies and concierge areas. In addition to these works, a separate development was undertaken to create eleven ‘hidden homes’ within the vacant mezzanine areas to provide much needed affordable housing and contribute to the council’s pledge of building new affordable homes.
UEFA Women's EURO 2022 kicks off in under one year with the opening match on 6 July 2022. International football will come to Hounslow with the new Brentford Community Stadium set to host four games during the tournament. Pre-sale tickets are now on sale, with over 500,000 tickets available for £25 or less. Find tickets by visiting www.uefa.com/womenseuro/ticketing/#/