Manchester City and England star Raheem Sterling is the latest celebrity to back Brent’s bid for London Borough of Culture 2020.
Raheem, who’s now recognised as one of England’s most talented footballers, spoke about his childhood growing up close to Wembley Stadium:
“Probably the most iconic thing you could see in your lifetime was seeing the stadium getting built from scratch. To this day I still look back at that, and when I’m on the team coach to the stadium these flashbacks always happen.”
He added: “It’s great to see how the area is really developing and how culture is such a massive part of the community.”
Brent poet and teacher Chris Beschi, who wrote the poem featured in our ‘This is Brent’ video, once taught an 8 year old Raheem Sterling at Vernon House Special School.
He said: “Raheem’s talent for football was evident; playing with the kind of maturity and skill you rarely see in someone so young. He always played with a smile on his face. “The next time I saw Raheem was on Sky Sports playing for England U17s against Spain. It was an extremely proud moment to see a young man representing his country and playing the sport that he was clearly destined to excel in.”
Raheem’s support comes as Brent gears up to submit its bid for London Borough of Culture on Friday 1 December.
More than 20 London boroughs are competing to win over £1m of funding to deliver a programme of cultural events throughout the year. The winning borough will be revealed in February 2018.
If you haven’t already, there’s still time to back Brent’s bid at our website www.brentculture2020.co.uk, or tweet your support using the hashtags #mylocalculture and #backbrentsbid