Monday 13th May 2024

On Monday evening the local Brent community came together at the Bridgestone Arena to celebrate the launch of JRF’s new ‘Empower to Achieve’ Heritage Project.

The project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, will trace the Ancestry of Women in Sport of Caribbean, Indian, and Somali Heritage.

Four of the Heritage women the project will focus on were in attendance, namely Lorna Falconer – Head of Football Operations at Brentford Football Club, Connie Henry, MBE – founder of charity Track Academy, creator of the Sports Give Back Awards, and former international triple jumper; Jawahir ‘JJ’ Roble, MBE – British Football Referee, and Celeste Stevens, Head of Safeguarding & Academy Player Welfare at Reading Football Club.

The four women who all work in different areas of the sports industry, took to the stage and spoke about their involvement in the exciting new project, which will offer local young people the chance to gain valuable skills, experience, and qualifications in an array of fields including presenting, photography, videography, film making, journalism, sports coaching and officiating, and curation.

Over sixty people attended from community organisations, local stakeholders, Brent Council’s Community Team, and professionals from a Media Agency, all of whom heard initial insights from the four women of Heritage on their career journey, families, and personal experiences.

With a series of ‘Memory Cafes’, activities, and events planned throughout the two-year project, there is plenty more to look forward to.

Otis Roberts, CEO of JRF said, “We are excited about this new Heritage project and are grateful to the commitment of the women involved, all relatable role models who will inspire and empower the next generation of young people. We will have a lot of fun working with the Brent community on this project.”

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