Josh Dasilva takes part in ‘Desert Island Discs’ community event – with a Brentford twist

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Brentford midfielder Josh Dasilva helped raise spirits during the recent lockdown by taking part in a unique online music workshop, entitled ‘Lionel Road Tracks’.

Taking inspiration from the BBC’s ‘Desert Island Discs’, the midfielder was joined by Brentford FC Community Sports Trust volunteers and participants to discuss the importance of music in their lives.

With many of the Trust’s frontline community activities suspended during the second lockdown, the music extravaganza aimed to bring people together during the coronavirus pandemic.

The evening, hosted by BBC sports journalist Phil Parry, included tracks such Lionel Ritchie’s ‘All Night Long’ and Ben Howard’s ‘Keep Your Head up’ from Brentford Player Josh Dasilva and Trust CEO Lee Doyle.

On the event, Josh Dasilva said: “Music has always been a big part of my life and to share with young people and Trust volunteers my favourite songs was an absolute privilege.

“The second lockdown was tough but an evening like this was a fantastic way to bring people together and discuss what music meant for them.”

Along with the Brentford forward, a young carer from the club’s Young Carers project, a participant from the girls’ football programme and two Trust volunteers described the tracks that shaped their identity and reflected their dreams and future ambitions.

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Zoe, from Brentford girls’ football development programme, added: At first I was really nervous being on a Zoom call with Josh Dasilva but I had a great time. Music calms me down and relaxes me.”

The music workshop was part of a number of online activities the Trust ran during the second lockdown which ended on December 2.

Brentford player Emiliano Marcondes hosted an online webinar stressing the importance of mental health while Ethan Pinnock took part in an insightful Q&A regarding how young players can overcome sports injuries.

Check out the full list of participants and their chosen tracks here.

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