Thousands of Stories

Thousands of Stories

I got a very interesting press release from our friends at Brentford FC this week. I thought it deserved more eyeballs, so here we are…


Thomas Frank features, wearing heart rate monitor for Premier League match

Brentford FC today launches Thousands of Stories, a new series of short films sharing the stories of the club’s community. The series kicks off with the first of four films, The Pressure, which sees the spotlight on Brentford head coach, Thomas Frank and cardiac health.  

The series focuses on the stories that make up the club from staff, fans and the wider community. Thousands of Stories aims to show how each person’s story is special and important in shaping the club.  

The first film, The Pressure, looks at the stress of being a Premier League manager as Thomas Frank wears a heart rate monitor throughout the day of the club’s 2022/23 home fixture against West Ham. The film explores the importance of cardiac health and motivations behind the club’s Heart of West London initiative. Viewers discover how Frank’s heart fluctuates in reaction to pivotal elements during the football match, including substitutions and VAR decisions. 

Reflecting on the experience, Brentford head coach, Thomas Frank said: “I was interested to see how my heart reacted during a match. Every Head Coach knows that Premier League football is stressful and it’s amazing to see what happened to my heart rate during match events.  

“I am proud to be part of the heart health campaigns we run here at Brentford. Knowing what happened to Robert Rowan and Christian Eriksen makes it something that really matters to me. Cardiac health is important for everyone and it’s important we do what we can be lead a healthy lifestyle and look after ourselves.” 

Three further films in Thousands of Stories will be released across the next three weeks: 

  • The Team looks at the impact of the Brentford Community Sports Trust’s women’s recreational football sessions and the opportunity it gives to women who want to play football at a non-professional level 
  • The Chance explores the story of Brentford staff member, Mariia Manirko who moved to the UK from Ukraine after Russia’s invasion  
  • The Voice follows the story Peter Gilham, Brentford’s club announcer, also known as Mr Brentford  

The four films were produced by creative agency, Studio Something. Thousands of Stories is expected to be an ongoing series and along with its launch, the club is encouraging Bees fans to share their stories.  

Brentford chief executive, Jon Varney said: “Here at Brentford, everyone’s story is important, from our fans to our matchday staff to those involved in our community projects.  

‘We’re really proud to see the launch of Thousands of Stories. It’s the start of a series that allows us to share what it means to be a part of Brentford. And the series doesn’t stop here, we want to hear the stories of our fans too who help make this club so special.”  

With special thanks to all those who were involved in the production including: 

Peter Gilham 

Linda Gilham 

Amber Langston-Lloyd 

Mariia Manirko  

Sam Meakin  

Lauren Moors

Zoe Moors

Dr Nick Pantazopoulos

Nity Raj 

Studio Something  

More information on Thousands of Stories can be found on the club’s website.  


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