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Raheem Sterling’s plans to help community ignored by council

GIVING BACK: Raheem Sterling wants to support the community that he grew up in

RAHEEM STERLING’S plans to help young people in Brent by building a football academy have been put on hold by the council.

The Manchester City player is keen to provide opportunities for those who live in the area where he grew up but despite having contacted the council about his idea, he has not received a reply.

In a tweet, Sterling said: “Brent Council need to answer this! Why are my team continuously getting no response, when I'm trying to help the community (especially the kids) - whilst the council are still trying to sell off a key part of my childhood; Brent Park. Can someone answer this [please]?”

He sought to bring the matter to the attention of Dawn Butler, the Labour MP for Brent Central by also addressing her in the tweet.

Responding to Sterling’s tweet, Brent councillor Muhammed Butt said: “We're trying to make Bridge Park better for this generation and the next. Please ask your team to email me:”

Earlier this month a public meeting was organised by the Save the Bridge Campaign, which is trying to stop Brent Council from selling the Bridge Park Complex land and, as a result, restricting the community’s access to the site.

Brent Council plans to allow an £800 million development of flats, a hotel and and office block on the site, with only five per cent of the housing set aside as affordable.

At the event, which was attended by Butler, campaigners called on the community to support their cause and donate so that funds could be pulled together for a legal battle with the council.


Sterling’s plans to build an academy is one of his latest efforts to give back and help young people.

Last month, the 24-year-old player surprised leukemia patient Damary Dawkins, 12, when he visited him in hospital.

The pair chatted, played pool together and posed for pictures.

Damary, a patient at University College Hospital in London, is in desperate need of a stem cell donor, none of his family are a match.

Sterling has joined the ACLT campaign to find a donor for Damary and to encourage people from the African Caribbean community to register as donors.

He said: “Damary Dawkins needs our help to beat leukaemia. Please consider joining the stem cell register.”

To find out more about becoming a stem cell donor, click here.

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