On the 4th November five of our FBB Schools participants from Chestnut Grove Academy and Archbishop Lanfranc Academy went to Woodrow High House for the weekend to compete in London Youth’s Woodrow Cup. The boys were chosen based on their commitment to FBB, attendance and attitude to learning at school.
On the first night London Youth’s Sports Development Officer John Jones welcomed us to Woodrow High House alongside 7 other teams and the residential started with a variety of team building activities to help the boys to get to know each other. The next morning coaches from Watford FC Trust run an intense skill schools session focused on developing their composure on the ball ahead of the cup later in the afternoon. The boys had never played with each other before the weekend but the residential brought them close as a team and they had started to recognise what it feels like to be a part of the wider FBB Family. The group stages finished with FBB just outside of the top 4 places on goal difference so they qualified for the Woodrow plate ready for finals day. On Sunday our boys showed great resilience having just 5 players with no subs, they all played every minute of every game and in the end they were unfortunate to lose out in the final on penalties 10-9!
FBB Schools Participant Twahir (pictured right) said “I enjoyed the tournament because it built up my confidence and I met new people in FBB.” FBB Schools participant Chisolm (pictured left) said “It was a great weekend, it was good for the FBB team to come together and play a tournament at Woodrow. I was devastated we went out on penalties but we will be resilient and bounce back from what happened so it will be better next time.”
Liam Baxter, FBB Social Media Manager said “The Woodrow Cup was a fantastic opportunity to reward hard-working participants for their commitment to the programme. The team grew as players both on and off the pitch over the course of the weekend and met other young people from the FBB Family.”
FBB Productions were also invited down to film the tournament and create player profiles for each team. The final video will be out soon so keep your eyes peeled and subscribe to FBB TV HERE
A massive thank you to London Youth and Watford FC Trust for running the event and Woodrow High House for being fantastic hosts.