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Mckenzie

“FBB has given me a way to speak about what’s going on at home and in school and got me concentrating on school work and football. Stefan has helped me whenever I have needed to speak to someone. He’s been there to help and give me advice. Within football, it’s improved me and opened doors that I didn’t realise I had. Before FBB i was more of a defender, and now I have realised that I have a new passion about being in goal.”

Which year group are you in?

9

How long have you been a part of FBB?

1 year

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Leader, resilient, and quiet.

How would your teachers describe you in 3 words?

Loud, hard-working, and athletic.

What are your passions/hobbies?

Football - I started playing football in Primary School. They used to let us play on Friday after lessons and teach us all the basics of football. We didn’t have a football team at school but i got into it again with FBB.

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

I was really unfocused in school because of things that were going on at home. I didn't have a way to portray it to teachers and that affected my school work and my home life. I pulled away from a lot of my friends. I didn’t really deal with my emotions, I just tried to get through it with school.

How has FBB helped you to overcome those challenges?

FBB has given me a way to speak about what’s going on at home and in school and got me concentrating on school work and football. Stefan has helped me whenever I have needed to speak to someone. He’s been there to help and give me advice. Within football, it’s improved me and opened doors that I didn’t realise I had. Before FBB i was more of a defender, and now I have realised that I have a new passion about being in goal.

What has been your favourite experience with FBB so far?

FBB Tour was my best experience. It really opened up my goalkeeping and I got a lot of praise from the staff who said I was good in goal. I enjoyed meeting new people, and playing with the Totteridge team in the tournament.

What do you hope to do in the future?

In the future, I want to join the army. It’s another experience for me, I can get a lot of qualifications from it. It’s not all just going to war, I can learn to be a mechanic from it and loads of other skills.

Quote from FBB Project Lead

"McKenzie is an amazing young man with so many brilliant qualities. He is funny, smart, kind, caring and conscientious. He is self aware of the fact that he has a tendency to get caught up in negative behaviours when they are taking place around him but over the last year he has taken active steps to be more mature, responsible and well behaved in school. His teachers regularly tell FBB staff members how much he has improved in terms of his behaviour for learning."

Quote from your link teacher

"McKenzie has grown in confidence so much since joining FBB. He has learnt to think before he acts and has become a real team player with some definite leadership qualities. He is one of the biggest transformations I have seen across the whole school this year."