EcoWorld London, the residential developer behind the redevelopment of the former Brentford Football Club stadium, Griffin Park, has donated 1,540 of its seats as well as dugouts and scoreboards to lower-league football clubs across the UK, including those whose stadiums were victims of arson and vandalism.
Alongside the stadium seats, other pieces of equipment and football kit were donated to local groups and organisations, including football shirts for Green Dragon Primary School in Brentford and Brentford FC-branded glasses to West Middlesex Hospital in Isleworth.
Daniel Bennett, Secretary of Egham Town FC, said: “A month and a half ago, some of our stands burned down. Brentford FC put us in contact with EcoWorld London who kindly donated 200 seats to us. This is going to make a huge difference in rebuilding the stadium, especially for a club like ours which runs on a tight budget.”
A representative from Petersfield Town FC, said: “I would like to thank EcoWorld London for allowing us to have the 200 seats for Petersfield Town FC. It is massive for us as we have little money and due to vandalism in the local area some of our seats have been damaged.”
Hafide Ibnahaten, Sports Coach at Green Dragon Primary School, said: “We were invited down to the old Brentford stadium to collect some equipment for the Green Dragon Primary School children. We have managed to collect some football shirts and some sports equipment that will benefit the children in our school massively. We enter a lot of football competitions, and they will all be able to wear their football shirts and be unified as one team. We want to say a big thank you to EcoWorld London who has supported our school in so many different ways. Not only have they given us this equipment, but they have also come into our school and helped to develop our grounds.’
Nivene Powell, Senior Community Liaison Manager at EcoWorld London said: “We are delighted that the equipment in Griffin Park has found new homes and uses in sport clubs across the country and in the local community in Hounslow. EcoWorld London are committed to giving back to the communities we build in, and sports are so important in bringing people together so we hope the donations will make a positive impact for the school, the clubs and their fans.”
Representatives from the following eight sports clubs and other local groups visited Griffin Park on 28th May to collect the seats and equipment:
• Petersfield Town FC took 200 seats
• Uxbridge Cricket Club took 30 seats
• Banbury United took 240 seats
• Panteg AFC took 160 seats
• Egham Town FC took 200 seats
• Porthcawl Town AFC took 150 seats and 2 dugouts
• Sittingbourne FC took 200 seats and a scoreboard
• Hartley Wintney FC took 360 seats
EcoWorld London, together with development partners including Lampton Investment and Development and Brentford Football Club, are working across Hounslow to deliver over 1,000 new homes of all tenures, community spaces and infrastructure to the borough, including the new Brentford Community Stadium which hosted its first game in September 2020 and the surrounding development.
The demolition of Griffin Park began earlier this year, and the three stands adjacent to Ealing Road, New Road and Brook Road South have all now been removed. Demolition work will halt entirely during August and September and is expected to resume later in the year when the final demolition phase begins.