A primary school’s celebration of Black History Month included a visit from a footballer who grew up nearby.
Brentford FC defender Dominic Thompson went to Greenwood Primary School in Greenford to take part in a diversity lesson with pupils for Black History Month. The 19-year-old, who joined the Bees from Arsenal in the summer, spoke about how the language of football can bring people from all backgrounds and nationalities together.
The lesson was organised as part of the Premier League’s Primary Stars initiative, which uses the appeal of professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills. Run by Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, the initiative is currently being provided in 50 schools across west London.
Dominic said: “I really enjoyed coming to Greenwood Primary School today to give something back and provide insight to the pupils on the importance of diversity.
“Growing up not far from here, I hope the pupils can relate to me and understand that I was just like them when I was younger.”
Luke Skelhorn, operations director of Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, said such visits by a footballer were part of the championship club’s wider diversity and inclusion strategy encapsulated by its BeeTogether initiative. He said: “Inclusivity is at the heart of everything we do and workshops like this highlight how Brentford FC and its Community Sports Trust are tackling important social issues at a grassroots level.”
The trust works with Ealing Council on a number of community initiatives, including the young carers scheme.