Over the course of the last few months, FBB have been working with Sports Journalism students from London College of Communications (LCC) to produce a series of videos charting the impact of our work on the lives of young people.
The LCC students had the chance to gain an insight into our work whilst getting to know our young people from three of our partner schools: Chestnut Grove Academy, The Elmgreen School and Lilian Baylis School.
Mark Barden, Sport Journalism course leader at LCC, described FBB as an ideal project, providing undergraduate students with an opportunity to apply their media skills and knowledge in practice whilst also ‘opening their eyes to non-traditional routes into sport and the sports media industries.’
Having taken part in our sessions first hand, the aspiring Sport Journalists from LCC shared some reflections on their FBB experience. They agreed on the unique role that FBB plays in equipping the young people with transferable and digital media skills. As Aina Villares reflected, ‘What is interesting about FBB is how they use football as an educational tool. They are not using it in a competitive way, but rather letting all the young people have fun while they learn fundamental values for their day-to-day life.[..] I really enjoyed watching the young people learn media skills, and I wish in my school they had done the same with me! The media world is based on the passion you have for it, and it is always nice to have the tools to develop this passion in others.’
Others commented on the way FBB utilises football as a tool for engagement to improve young people’s attitude to learning. ‘The thing that I found interesting about this project is the way it has changed young people’s attitude towards education in the sense that it is helping them to focus more on their studies and is improving their grades as a result of it,’ stated Amar Patel.
Through this project is has become clear that FBB participants benefit from a variety of skills and experiences that they are exposed to at a young age. ‘The main thing I learned about FBB is that it has a real genuine impact on the lives of these kids. You can tell they enjoy the lessons, the skills learnt, and interacting with the FBB staff. The football seems to be an added bonus rather than the main reason they take part!’ stated LCC student Simon Cromie.’ What sets FBB apart is how well they use football to teach these kids skills such as editing, skills that will be useful in later life. There’s a nice balance between fun and respect in the classroom sessions and this is testament to the work of the FBB staff.’
Through this collaboration it has become apparent that both FBB participants and LCC students benefited. The FBB participants, who are teenagers, had an amazing opportunity to get a glimpse into what their future career journey might look like if they decide to choose a similar path. Meanwhile the LCC students had the opportunity to make interesting films which document the stories of young people and their experiences of FBB. Keep an eye out for the upcoming video coverage produced on our new website!