BIAS representatives were privileged to be invited to the official opening of Brentford Football Club’s Academy at Uxbridge High School.
The facility is very impressive indeed and as you approach the Club’s crest along with the Schools is proudly displayed.
The facility was opened by former Brentford Chairman and current FA Chairman Greg Dyke, who explained that he was a local lad from Hillingdon Hill
The facility comprises of a massive Third Generation artificial turf football pitch in a building that could be described as being like an aircraft hangar for a Jumbo jet.
There is a reception, a pyhsio room and changing rooms that are much better than those at Griffin Park, class rooms and a gym. Upstairs there is a viewing area and a canteen that looked to be serving delicious hot food.
The facility has been built as part to enable Brentfiord FC to operate a Category Two Football Academy with the participants anttending the school to attend the highly regarded school.
The opening event was attended by Cliff Crown, Mark Devlin, Mark Warburton, Donald Kerr, David Heath and Alan Bird. Members of the Brentford Football Club Community Sports Trust, Local politicians, school dignitaries. Richard Merrritt and Kath Richardson represented BIAS
Academy Director Ose Aibangee, spoke proudly of the facility and when he turned to FA Chairman Greg Dyke and promised him, that in five year’s time there will an England player with a full cap who would have graduated from this facility you just had to believe him.
In Gregs’s opening speech he mentioned that “When he jopined the Brentford Board that facilities like this would be the stuff of dreams but with thanks to the backing of Matthew Benham and the Board of brentford FC it has been made a reality
Hopefully in afew years time, we will all be watching a team that is full of home grown talent and products of this wonderful facility and who knows, maybe Ose will be proved right and there will be an England player with a full cap who would have graduated from this impressive facility.