Brent’s most famous footballer Raheem Sterling is in Russia representing England and competing for World Cup glory, while the next generation of the districts footballers attended the Brent Schools' FA awards fun day at Capital City Academy.
Since its formation in 1966, a number of famous footballers have come from the borough including Cyrille Regis, Stuart Pearce and Rachel Yankey who represented Brent at the prestigious London Youth Games tournament. More recently, young Tafari Moore has turned professional at Arsenal having won a gold medal with England and starred for Wycombe Wanderers, helping them to win promotion .
The event started with a squad photo of the teams together followed by a number of action packed games. There was plenty of skill and talent on show. Special guests were veteran Brent coach Keith Young who brought along the Olympic Torch that he carried in Brent during the London Games of 2012 and former Councillor Zaffar, who formed the Brent Super Cup earlier this year.
The district recognised the traditional honours, including prizes for 'Golden Boot' and 'Player of the Season' and also recognised other qualities including 'Most Improved Player', 'Best Contribution to the Team' and 'Best Attitude'.
Brent Chair Chris Ampofo “It was great to see so many young people having fun and playing. Brent is a really special borough and it is a great honour to play for Brent. It is important to recognise the players' efforts and also thank the volunteers and parents who support the teams. It has been a great day and with The World Cup on we are already looking forward to and planning next season”.
Information about trials to play for Brent will be announced shortly.
Former Brent Schools' FA player Raheem Sterling is playing at the World Cup for England in Russia and the latest Brent player to turn professional hopes to one day win honours of his own. Elliot Bonds has just signed a professional contract with Dagenham & Redbridge which runs until 2020.
Elliot, whose family are originally from Kensal Rise, attended Oakington Manor School and like Raheem Sterling has represented Brent and Middlesex at various levels. While playing for Brent Schools' FA, he was scouted the highly respected former West Ham player Eamonn Dolan and played for Reading FC. Later, he signed as a scholar for the Daggers.
Bonds was outstanding in the Daggers academy's FA Youth Cup run last season. This led to him earning his debut in the first team against Torquay United and going on to make 5 first team appearances as one of the youngest ever players to represent the club.
A delighted Bonds said “To end the season playing in the first team for the last five games was a massive progression and I worked really hard for it. I am really looking forward to working with Peter Taylor.” Brent Schools' FA chair Chris Ampofo commented: "I am absolutely delighted for Elliott and his family. He is very dedicated and determined. He has all of the attributes to succeed and as long as he is given the right support and continues to learn and improve he could go on to have a great career. Playing for Brent can be a pathway for talented players from the borough to move to a higher level.”
Watch this space for trial dates to play for Brent next season.