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“FBB has helped me to improve my behaviour in class. It has also helped me to deal with any issues that I have had at home. When I noticed my behaviour improved in school, my grades also got even better. Antar has helped me to get opportunities in football. He has been a positive influence on my behaviour in school. When we are in sessions with him, he allows me to feel calm and relaxed then when i go into my other classroom lessons, i also feel calm and ralaxed.”

Which year group are you in?

9

How long have you been a part of FBB?

1 year

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Confident, loud, and funny.

How would your teachers describe you in 3 words?

Smart, cheeky, and hard-working.

What are your passions/hobbies?

Football
I first got into football by watching a video on Messi because my friends told me to. From there, I just started playing and practising in my garden. In primary school, I was asked to join the football team and then from there I got picked up to play for a Sunday league team. From there I've had a few scouting opportunities. Football calms me down if i’m angry or frustrated. I usually go out to play if I’ve had a stressful day.

Athletics
In secondary school I got into athletics. It started off in field events like High Jump and Hammer Throw. I then moved onto Triple Jump and 300 metre sprints. I managed to ge to the national finals with my school and we came third. I realised it’s a sport I want to continue with football.

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

Before FBB I wasn’t well behaved. I was rude to teachers and i would get into quite a lot of fights. I was always doing well with my grades in school, but my behaviour was always pulling me back. My teachers kept telling me I had a lot of potential but I was not fulfilling it. I knew I needed to prove that I could be intelligent and hardworking in class as well as good at sport.

How has FBB helped you to overcome those challenges?

FBB has helped me to improve my behaviour in class. It has also helped me to deal with any issues that I have had at home. When I noticed my behaviour improved in school, my grades also got even better. Antar has helped me to get opportunities in football. He has been a positive influence on my behaviour in school. When we are in sessions with him, he allows me to feel calm and relaxed then when i go into my other classroom lessons, i also feel calm and relaxed.

What has been your favourite experience with FBB so far?

“My favourite experience with FBB so far has definitely been meeting Chris Smalling and the Man United players. I got to do a speech in front of him and it upped my confidence. It was a one in a lifetime opportunity to speak in front of footballers and the media and I even got to ask questions to them about how they got into football. Even though I support Man City, it was an amazing experience meeting professional footballers."

What do you hope to do in the future?

In the future, I hope to be a footballer. When i do become a footballer i would also like to be like Chris Smalling and give back to the young people who went through the same experiences as me growing up.

Quote from FBB Project Lead

"It has been a delight watching Jesse’s growth. He has matured over the past year and has flourished with his own personal interests. We look forward to seeing him at the end of year 11."

Quote from your link teacher

"Jesse has a great amount of talent. FBB has definitely helped Jesse take risks and we hope it will continue to aid Jesse in his future as we have high hopes for this young man."