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Canaila

“FBB is the highlight of my week – it’s really helped me settle into my new school. Now when I get sad I think of FBB and it reminds me of all the good people I have around me, it’s like my family. Everyone is friendly. When we see the FBB elders (the year 11s) we interact with them and we have someone to talk to – even when it’s not FBB. They’re like big sisters to us. FBB has made me more confident as a person, because if I screw up or make a wrong answer, no one calls me stupid – the coaches are supportive and will help me. They are always there to help and encourage me to be the best that I can be.”

Which year group are you in?

9

How long have you been a part of FBB?

1 year

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Happy, Caring, and Passionate.

How would your teachers describe you in 3 words?

Quiet, Happy, and Respectful.

What are your passions/hobbies?

I don’t really have any hobbies, but I like to dance when I can. I enjoy dancing because it makes me feel happy and distracts me from all my problems.

What are some of the challenges you’ve faced before FBB?

Before I joined FBB, I didn’t really feel like I had anyone there for me. I always used to be the sad little girl.

How has FBB helped you to overcome those challenges?

FBB is the highlight of my week – it’s really helped me settle into my new school. Now when I get sad I think of FBB and it reminds me of all the good people I have around me, it’s like my family. Everyone is friendly. When we see the FBB elders (the year 11s) we interact with them and we have someone to talk to – even when it’s not FBB. They’re like big sisters to us. FBB has made me more confident as a person, because if I screw up or make a wrong answer, no one calls me stupid – the coaches are supportive and will help me. They are always there to help and encourage me to be the best that I can be.

What has been your favourite experience with FBB so far?

I really enjoy playing football with FBB, because no one is pressuring me. I never played football before FBB because I was scared of people laughing at me.

What do you hope to do in the future?

I hope to have my own business and help to support female voices. I want to help young girls and young people like myself be heard. I think that adults need to take time out to listen to young people and help them because things are tough. I would like to study at university if the option is there.

Quote from FBB Project Lead

"Canaila has developed a sense of belonging in her new school due to her embedding in the FBB group. It's been beautiful to watch her grow into herself and feel comfortable in her skini in a new environment, despite never having played football before. The sense of family and community within FBB has allowed her to transition successfully into her new school."

Quote from your link teacher

"It is wonderful how FBB helped Canaila fit in easily at Lanfranc. It gave her a social circle and a place she could feel comfortable."