On 25th July, 17 young members of the #FBBfamily from across 5 of our school projects made the long trek up from London to Scotland for a week long football tour, organised by our friends at the Scottish Football Partnership.
On the first evening they played their first match against Greenock Morton FC under 14s. The boys played with lots of enthusiasm and took part in an amazing match which saw the final score at 6-6! This was the first time they had all played together and the result brought together a great team spirit.
Day 2 saw our young participants have the opportunity to train on the pitch at Kilmarnock’s 18,000 seater Rugby Park stadium run by their fantastic coaches. After Hampden Park Queens Park and they also got to see under 21’s Kilmarnock’s play.
FBB’s Matthew Young said:
“I feel like we’re starting to play like a team now – the session helped us with our intensity and our teamwork. I’m very proud of all my teammates, the session was phenomenal! Thank you to Kilmarnock for hosting us, the pitch was amazing!!!”
On Day 3 of the #FBBScotlandTour, the boys were given a tour of Rangers’ elite training facilities before playing against a top notch Rangers academy side. Although they were well beaten, the FBB boys showed great resilience and even clapped the Rangers players off the pitch at the end!
Emmanuel, the young FBB captain, said: “Even though we lost we stayed positive and we never gave up.” Rico loved the experience: “The pitch at Rangers was so nice and it made me feel like a professional footballer.”
Day 4 of the FBB Scotland Tour did not disappoint! ⚽ The group continued to develop closer bonds as they got to know more about the world of Scottish football whilst also getting stuck into a range of team building activities. They visited Celtic Park for a tour of the ground and then went Go Karting & Laser Quest! Martin was impressed: “Celtic’s ground was my favourite stadium visit ever – better than Wembley or Emirates.” Roja couldn’t remember the last time he’d had so much fun: “I loved the whole day. Go Karting was amazing because we got to mess around and see who was the best driver!”
The FBB Head of Education, Tom Bateman who was on the tour reflected:
“It was the most successful tour I have been on with a group of young people. They really pulled together and supported each other on and off the pitch. They showed real maturity on the trip and no matter what challenges they faced always did it with a smile on their face, we are very proud of them all.’