“Are you a broadcaster?” This was the question we put to the young participants from our #FBBSchools project at Archbishop LanFranc school in Croydon during their first ever media workshop. As many of them were soon to find out, being a broadcaster in the modern digital era is often as easy as uploading a short clip to Youtube! However, being a good broadcaster comes with training…
The #FBBTV workshop was set up by the FBB Comms team in order to give 20 young people from the school and from our FBB Wanderers project the chance to learn basic TV production skills such as presenting, interviewing, filming and social media. The participants were given expert one-to-one support from FBB Digital consultant Nick Connell (formerly of FIFA TV & the FA TV), as well as Lawrence Tallis, a senior producer at the brilliant Youtube football channel Copa 90, which has nearly 1million subscribers!
You can watch a short clip of one of the practical sessions which we recorded, an FBB “Face-to-Face” debate – on our Facebook page by clicking the link above, along with some photos. The participants greatly enjoyed the experience, with star debater and cameraman Jordan saying: “I really enjoyed the session, it was great to be in control of the camera and it’s made me want to do more of it again!”. Mika, a year 11 who tried his hand at presenting, “I always thought I’d be a good presenter, so it was great to finally try it out!”. Mershad, a year 8 who narrated the #FBBSchools tour to Scotland film, said: “The whole evening was really fun – it was amazing to learn from people who actually have experience in the media. I never thought I’d do something like this.”
Tom Bateman, the boys Teacher at the school, was pleased with the outcome of the workshop: “The boys seemed really enthused by the workshop. Football is what they love and social media like youtube is something they understand – they are “digital natives” unlike older generations – so I think this is something they can really thrive on. It was great to watch them growing in confidence and expressing themselves with passion.”
We will be officially launching #FBBTV in January, and are currently working with participants from across our projects to produce a pilot show in order to run a crowdfunding campaign. Watch this space, and subscribe to our Youtube channel now to make sure you don’t miss out: youtube.com/fbeyondborders