Brentwood and Clayton Forge Football Partnership
Feb. 21, 2023
The Brentwood and Clayton school districts have agreed to a high school football partnership for the 2023-24 school year. The partnership was recently approved by each school district’s Board of Education, as well as the Missouri State High School Activities Association.
While technically called a “cooperative sponsorship,” the move is essentially a merger of the football programs at both Brentwood High School and Clayton High School that provides a solution for a sport that has seen a decline in participation in recent years.
The combined program will be able to field both varsity and junior varsity teams, providing student-athletes with valuable opportunities to play and progress at the proper pace for their individual skill levels. Increased participation will allow inexperienced players to develop at the junior varsity level and keep varsity players from having to play offense and defense for an entire game due to low numbers.
All planning and football-related activities will be managed by both high schools and their respective athletic departments. Some initial details about the combined program include:
- The program will practice at Gay Field in Clayton.
- The program will split home games between Brentwood and Clayton high schools.
- The varsity football team will remain in MSHSAA Class 4 and compete in the St. Louis Suburban Conference.
- The program will wear blue and orange uniforms with both Brentwood and Clayton on the jerseys, as well as a custom Brentwood and Clayton helmet logo.
In the coming months, the athletic departments at both schools will be working together to finalize additional details, including coaches, equipment and offseason training schedules. The program will officially start practicing in August.