As we enter yet another massive week in the history of FBB, we hear from FBB founder Jasper Kain, who will be having a particularly big week ahead. On Wednesday he’ll be heading to The Mirror and Sport England Pride of Sport Awards which celebrate and recognise the unsung heroes of sport. Jasper’s been nominated in the Local Hero category by a journalist who heard about the tireless work he has put into FBB – and he’s extremely excited about the nomination. Then on Thursday, there’s the small matter of hosting a conversation on Football with Guillem Balague and Gary Neville… How is he going to deal with all the pressure – whilst continuing to run the FBB Schools programme as normal during the week? Find out below:
“The past year has been a real whirlwind. Just over a a year ago, I decided to hand in my resignation and go full time with FBB. There were no financial guarantees, and a great deal of risk attached. Making this decision was made easier because my friend and soon to be colleague Tom Perez decided to also make the same choice. We left our secure salaried jobs on exactly the same day and hoped that all the enthusiasm and passion we had for FBB as a force for good could be harnessed into establishing a credible and sustainable organisation.
The past year has been the most intense yet enriching period of my life. The recognition we are starting to receive is vindication for all the team. I am very fortunate to work alongside a group of people who are defined by their dedication and sacrifice.
Many inspiring individuals have played a massive role in this process. Particular thanks goes to Tom Perez, Jack Reynolds, Tom Bateman and Jack Badu who have proven invaluable to FBB in their various ways – but the list of people who contribute to FBB is ever growing. We consider ourselves to be a family and this nomination is one for all the team. No human is an island and I am indebted to everyone within FBB.
To think that we have increased the number of young people we work by ten times in the past year gives you an idea of the rate of growth. Not only are we working with more young people but the quality of the youth work has markedly improved. We have now created a football-based learning curriculum which we are rolling out across schools.
The chance to chair a discussion with Gary Neville and Guillem Balague at Cafe Football on behalf of FBB is a real honour. Guillem has been instrumental in his role as patron of FBB in the past year and supported are rapid growth. I am always astounded by his knowledge of the game.
Meanwhile, Gary Neville is one of the greats of the modern era. His approach to the game has been defined by hard work, dedication and self belief which shapes the professionalism that has distinguished his career on and off the pitch. He remains a leading figure and one of the most insightful voices in the British game today.”
Make sure you follow all our social media accounts on Thursday for exclusive footage and snaps from our dinner with Guillem and Gary!