What happens when you take a group of 13 year olds from Croydon to Barcelona on a football tour? When we planned the #FBBSchools tour to Barcelona, we weren’t sure what to expect. Would they behave? Would they fully appreciate the experience? At the end of the trip, we can safely say the boys had a fantastic time and truly lived out the “Football Beyond Borders” philosophy.
For many of the boys this was the first time leaving the UK and so it was a unique opportunity to broaden their horizons. The boys even got to watch Espanyol’s La Liga match vs. Getafe – an opportunity facilitated by our patron and Biggleswade Director of Football Guillem Balague, who has close links at the club and is a big fan.
Matthew Young, one of the participants, said: “I watched my first ever live football match in a stadium and saw an amazing goal from Espanyol. It was also my first time ever on a plane and I finally managed to conquer my fear of flying! The tour has been full of amazing experiences and I can’t thank Football Beyond Borders enough for taking us.”
The 13 participants from our FBB Schools programme enjoyed the trip as a reward for their consistent hard work on the pitch and in the classroom over the course of the last school year. The boys even helped to organise the tour by searching for accommodation and activities, and even doing their own fundraising to cover some of the tour costs.
Reflecting on the tour and on his time with Football Beyond Borders, young Jones Adei said: “I have never felt part of a team before. It makes me feel so happy to be part of this team!”
Tom Bateman, the teacher who took them on tour, said: “The boys behaved brilliantly and grew in maturity as the tour went on. This tour will be hugely beneficial to their personal development.”
The FBB Schools programme works with students who are passionate about football but underachieving at school. It combines classroom-based activities which promote literacy with football sessions run by qualified coaches.
You can donate here to support the FBB Schools programme