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 5+ 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.