A DEDICATED FOOTBALL CLUB TO PLAYERS WITH DOWN'S SYNDROME

Let’s Play

Started in 2017 the Brentford Penguins FC is a football programme run by Brentford FC Legend, Allan Cockram, supported by Brentford FC Community Sports Trust as well as DS Active.

 

The sessions are open to anyone with Down's syndrome aged 8 and over and we invite you to tell your friends. 

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MEET THE TEAM

Allan was a Professional Footballer for 17 years playing notably for Tottenham Hotspur as well as Brentford FC where he featured in over 120 matches scoring 18 goals where his long hair and infamous 'Wiggle-It' goal celebration is still remembered fondly by supporters of the hallowed turf of Griffin Park. He was also the Manager of St. Albans City FC and Chertsey Town FC.

 

After a career as a London Fire Fighter, Allan hopped across the pond to the USA in 2011 where he founded an innovative training programme called Soccer Sounds and Urban cage Soccer which achieved US national attention with its unique approach of motivating and challenging the youth player. Later he became the Technical Specialist of the Philadelphia Union Academy and Head Coach of the Metropolitan Oval Academy in New York.

 

He has completed 3 very successful and award winning years as Head Coach of University College London and he is now in his first year as Head Coach of Cambridge University.

Allan was a Professional Footballer for 17 years playing notably for Tottenham Hotspur as well as Brentford FC where he featured in over 120 matches scoring 18 goals where his long hair and infamous 'Wiggle-It' goal celebration is still remembered fondly by supporters of the hallowed turf of Griffin Park. He was also the Manager of St. Albans City FC and Chertsey Town FC.

 

After a career as a London Fire Fighter, Allan hopped across the pond to the USA in 2011 where he founded an innovative training programme called Soccer Sounds and Urban cage Soccer which achieved US national attention with its unique approach of motivating and challenging the youth player. Later he became the Technical Specialist of the Philadelphia Union Academy and Head Coach of the Metropolitan Oval Academy in New York.

 

He has completed 3 very successful and award winning years as Head Coach of University College London and he is now in his first year as Head Coach of
Cambridge University.

Victoria is our Communications and Media Officer. She has spent 12 years working at the Media Industry across many departments including Childrens TV, Feature Films, Live Entertainment TV, BBC Three Online and now she is working within a large Broadcaster's in-house Ad Agency.

She is very much an all-rounder helping and assisting in the Coaching and filming the sessions.

Victoria is our Communications and Media Officer. She has spent 12 years working at the Media Industry across many departments including Childrens TV, Feature Films, Live Entertainment TV, BBC Three Online and now she is working within a large Broadcaster's
in-house Ad Agency.

She is very much an all-rounder helping and assisting in the Coaching and filming the sessions.

Daniel has worked for the past 10 years to advocate corporate social opportunity in sport. His work marries the corporate world with the community and this has been achieved with professional footballers, FIFA World Cups (South Africa and Brasil), UEFA Champions League, EA Games, Adidas, Bridgestone, Castrol and Red Bull to name a few.

 

He believes in the power football has to drive change in communities and has built a network spanning 6 continents of best practice in this field.

 

In 2011, he created the World Freestyle Football Federation and has been involved in a number of different start up businesses. Before this he worked for Adidas HQ in Germany, Reebok and marketing agencies in London. Daniel is also a lecturer for the Football Business Academy (MA in Football Business)

in Switzerland.

Daniel has worked for the past 10 years to advocate corporate social opportunity in sport. His work marries the corporate
world with the community and this has
been achieved with professional footballers,
FIFA World Cups (South Africa and Brasil), UEFA Champions League, EA Games, Adidas, Bridgestone, Castrol and Red Bull to
name a few.

 

He believes in the power football has to drive change in communities and has built a network spanning 6 continents of best practice in this field.

 

In 2011, he created the World Freestyle Football Federation and has been involved in a number of different start up businesses. Before this he worked for Adidas HQ in Germany, Reebok and marketing agencies in London. Daniel is also a lecturer for the Football Business Academy (MA in Football Business) in Switzerland.

Kitty is our newest Assistant Coach volunteer and is already making a great impact on the training sessions.

She has completed her degree at East 15, one of the top drama institutions in the UK and she brings a great deal of energy to the club.

Kitty is our newest Assistant Coach volunteer and is already making a great impact on the training sessions.

She has just completed her degree at East 15, one of the top drama institutions in the UK and she brings a great deal of energy to the club.

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WHERE TO FIND US

Gunnersbury Park,

Popes lane,

W3 8LQ

ABOUT

We started our journey as the Brentford Penguins Football Club in 2017 and we have gone from strength to strength. We are our own non-profit organisation and work in partnership with the DS Active and Brentford Community Sports Trust. We found that even though many community football clubs offer pan-disability training sessions, children with DS weren't always given the attention they needed. This is why we decided to start up a very specific and unique football club for any child aged 8+ who has DS. Not only is our club open to players with DS we also encourage parents and siblings to also join in. This has a positive impact on the family as a whole, giving them an opportunity to have something to do together and strengthen their relationships.

Brentford Penguins FC give participants an opportunity to socialise, to make friends and have a fulfilling social life whilst creating a sense of belonging alongside their peers.

Our sessions have improved physical health, emotional and mental wellbeing, strengthened relationships and achieved social wellbeing. Not only this but the players have also improved their communication and teamwork skills which helps with their development and integration within society as well as building on their fitness, strength and coordination.

We are very proud of what we have achieved but we would not have been able to do this without the love and support of our Penguin family.

CONTACT

Please feel to email or fill in the below form to try us out:

brentfordpenguinsfc@gmail.com

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