Little did anyone realise when The Brentford Lifeline Society was launched to an unsuspecting public at Hounslow’s Civic Centre on January 16 evening back in 1986 that it would play such a major part in the ongoing history of the Football Club.
It is thanks to its Members’ subscriptions, through thick and thin over the years, that the Football Club has been able to receive both directly through donations and indirectly through project sponsorship, event support etc, in excess of two million pounds.
Over the years the projects have been almost too numerous to mention but they have included
- funds enabling Ealing Road to be covered and reopened as a home end
- acquisition of players and the paying of their wages
- refurbishment of the Jersey Road Training Ground together with the provision of Portakabins for the Academy
- modernisation of some of the Club’s hospitality facilities
- updating of the match commentary facilities offered to visually impaired supporter
- improvements to general match day facilities around the ground
- funding of an “anti-gravity” treadmill which proved to be a real help in regard to the rehabilitation of long term absentees, in particular Kevin O’Connor and Farid El Alagui
In this respect the Lifeline Society is delighted to reconfirm its commitment to its funding for a minimum of another two years.
Thanks to the financial support and vision of Matthew Benham the Football Club has made tremendous strides over the past couple of years (both on and off the pitch).
The Lifeline committee recognises and applauds this and believes it can best serve the Club financially by fire fighting as and when required and responding to wish lists which may fall outside of the Club’s pre agreed budgets.
In this respect the Society has recently funded the acquisition of a number of laptops for the Club’s Analyst Team which will be based at the Training Ground and used by the players to study and analyse their recent performances.
The Club’s Sporting Director Mark Warburton responded to this latest Lifeline initiative: “All of the players and staff within the football department are very aware of both Lifeline itself and the fantastic work it undertakes in supporting the football club,” said Mark.
“We see firsthand the numerous projects that it supports and the tremendous impact such projects have on the overall performance of the team.”
The latest initiative sees Lifeline respond to the need to further develop our analytical department.
The analysis team, led by Neil McIlhargey, plays a vital role in assisting Uwe and his staff in preparation for both fixtures and training and they engage with the individual players on a daily basis.
“Such engagement demands the provision of suitable equipment and therefore to have Lifeline respond so quickly and help with the provision of laptops is a tremendous help.
“The players and staff have absolute respect for Lifeline and we look forward to working closely with its membership in the months ahead”, said Neil.
Lifeline has also recently funded the refurbishment of the car park at the Jersey Road Training Ground and they are currently in discussion with Neil Greig, Head of Medical as we look to support further the excellent work undertaken by the back up team at Jersey Road.
Needless to say not only does the Society support, almost unconditionally, the parent club in its wishes to support specific projects but there are regular prizes to be won by its Members.
Over the years this has included cars, holidays to the USA (which in its own right raised in excess of £100K for the Club), hospitality packages, Sporting Dinners, trips to Wembley Internationals, Racing and the Pantomime, regular cash prizes and of course tables at the Big Red Ball and the Sporting Dinners.
For the 2013/14 season the Society is initiating a regular newsletter for its Members which will afford them the opportunity to give them up to date details of how their subscriptions are being used, any activities that the Society are supporting, a list of prizes winners and forthcoming prizes on offer, indeed anything Lifeline related.
They would also like to hear from the Members of any suggestions they may have regarding the Society.
However the most important thing they require is the Member’s email address as the newsletter will be email based (although there will be copies available upon request for those who do not have email).
Members are therefore requested to drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and copy in email@example.com stating purely their name, Membership number and postal address.
Also Members are reminded that should they change address at any time, they should let the Society know. For those without an email address they should call Derek Hazel on 017842 55388.
Brentford Football Club’s Lifeline Society is one of the few Lifeline Societies in the country to have remained in existence since its inception all those years ago and it stands proud and true to its name as a lifeline to the Football Club through times which haven’t always been quite as optimistic as they are today.
If you would like to join The Brentford Lifeline Society and become an integral part of a Brentford institution for just £2 a week, email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for an application form or you can download an application form.