England and Arsenal legend Rachel Yankey OBE, speaks to Brent’s Moeed Majeed about struggles at school with dyslexia and her first memories of playing football on the pitches of Queens Park, Brent.
"There were so many women playing football. It was like the biggest secret in the world. There was an England team. There was an Arsenal team. It just wasn’t in your face."
From shaving her head, pretending to be a boy to get a game, to being the first professional female player registered in England. Rachel is one of the original superstars of women's football, playing for Fulham, Arsenal and then Great Britain for the 2012 Olympics.
How have Brent’s legends been coping during the ongoing pandemic, and what might it mean for their work and practice?
In this new video series, guest hosts from the Blueprint Collective will be catching up – in a socially distanced way, of course – with legendary musicians, artists, athletes and activists from across the borough and finding out how they’ve been affected and perhaps even inspired by the COVID-19 crisis. Along the way, we will be digging deeper into our guests’ connections to Brent, discovering what they’ve been reading, watching, hearing and absorbing during this strange and frightening time – and hearing more about how they’re responding.
This forms part of Brent 2020 Unlocked.