Next week will see the start of a Summer of exciting FBB youth football tours with youngsters from London heading to Germany, Spain and Scotland.
All of the tours will involve professional football clubs hosting the FBB Schools participants – with Espanyol, SC Freiburg, St Mirren and Kilmarnock all offering to provide the groups with football related activities ranging from matches against their youth teams to “behind closed doors” access to training. The participants attending from different schools on the FBB Schools programme will be rewarded with their place on the trips in recognition of their commitment to the programme and the improvements they have made at school.
The trips are purposefully designed to bring the young students together with people from different backgrounds and build their sense of belonging, self-esteem and aspirations – all through the medium of football. Stuart McCaffrey, Chief Operating Officer at the Scottish Football Partnership, who are hosting the Scotland tour, is excited to be welcoming FBB students again: “Following on from the success of the FBB tour last summer we are looking forward to welcoming our friends from London to Scotland at the start of August for another action packed trip.”
For many of the youngsters it will be the first time they will have left London for a sustained period of time.As Jasper Kain, FBB’s Head of Delivery says: ‘It is a wonderful opportunity for the young people to enjoy a once in a lifetime footballing opportunity. All the participants deserve it, having committed to FBB this year and we look forward to them taking on more leadership, responsibility and displaying the teamwork and group mentality that we have been working on over the course of the year.’
13 year old Martin, one of the students who will go on tour, says: “I think tours with FBB helps young players to see diversity in football. It feels great to be going on tour with FBB, because I’ve never played football in a different country and to go with your team is even better. This is why FBB is unique because it builds bonds of friendship between a team.”
For the organisation it is a significant step forward, with multiple tours being co-ordinated over a short space of time. Going forward, the plan is for the hosts to visit London in Spring 2016 and be hosted by FBB youth participants. Look out on our social media channels for more news and videos from the #FBBSchoolsTours.
Watch the video of last year’s FBB Schools tour to Scotland below on FBB TV: