Football Beyond Borders (FBB) participants kept a close eye on proceedings as Chelsea claimed a fifth successive FA Youth Cup with a 7-1 aggregate win over Arsenal. For some of the young people, it was also an opportunity to develop their expertise as budding in football journalists, having been tasked with picking out the finals’ key moment the for the English Football Association’s (FA) official website.
The young students had been invited to the final on the back of the success of the pioneering ‘Football For All’ project that the FA and FBB had been working on last term. That project culminated in a number of FBB’s young participants joining the FA’s media team to cover the friendly between England and Italy at Wembley.
Similarly, this proved to be another unique opportunity for the young people. Exposure to experiences like this one is a crucial element of FBB’s education programme.
FBB Director Jasper Kain said the following: “We think experiences like this empower our young people to have a voice – not only in learning but also in other parts of their lives.” He explained that opportunities like this enable FBB to harness the power of football to support the development of the young people it works with.
“Through these experiences, we are able to engage those young people at risk of being marginalised. Giving them the tools to build bright futures and showing them what kinds of opportunities lie out there. Ultimately for us, football is just the starting point of what we do with them. It is about exposing them to new experiences that enable them to broaden their horizons whilst developing key social and emotional competencies at the same time.”