On Sunday the 10th of September, FBB brought together 24 supporters, cyclists and football fans from across London to take part in the first ever FBB Stadium Challenge.
The cycling challenge, which started at Trafalgar Square, saw 5 teams of up to 5 cyclists cycling to 11 iconic football stadiums across London in one day. Each team was tasked with raising £500 for the charity in advance, with many teams surpassing that target significantly.
By cycling a route that was over 100km long and included the home stadiums of Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Fulham, QPR, Millwall, Charlton, Dulwich Hamlet and Clapton, the challenge celebrated a broad selection of London’s stadiums from the Premier League to non-league and represented the full breadth of the city’s footballing greatness.
The proceeds from the event will allow 15 new young people to take part in the FBB Schools programme. FBB currently works with 400+ young participants from disadvantaged backgrounds on a weekly basis by providing them with project-based classroom activities as well as football sessions to further engage them in their learning.
With schools currently facing an 8% decline in real-terms funding, many of the schools that we work with cannot afford to pay for the cost of the programme and the proceeds from the challenge will seek to cover some of this deficit.
One of the cyclists, FBB Trustee Keme Nzerem, who is also a Correspondent for Channel 4 News, said the following: “I’ve seen with my own eyes how FBB harnesses the power of football to enthuse and motivate young people who are struggling and disengaged”.
“Bless each and every one of you who helped us cycle round 100km of rainy, windy, and sometimes yes even sunny streets on Sunday. Each penny you gave helped us cycle a little further, and will in turn help Football Beyond Borders give more young people a better future.“
The day also saw the epic launch of a new partnership between FBB and London amateur football team Altis FC, whose 5 riders raised over £2000 between them. The partnership was announced with a huge display on the wrap-around screen at West Ham’s London Stadium.
Altis FC chairman Steve Pigott said the following: “Working as designers, lawyers, accountants and fashion buyers, Altis’ founders know all about the importance of education and that everyone learns and develops in different ways. That’s why we believe in Football Beyond Borders.”
“FBB offer those who need it a different way to grow up, to mature, to gain confidence in themselves and to enjoy and appreciate their education not fight against it. Through this mutual belief and understanding, football makes a difference to local kids lives just as it does to those who play or watch the game every weekend.”
“At grassroots level, below the premier league, the ridiculous transfer fees and huge crowds, football is still real and a socially powerful game, and it is because of that authenticity that it truly is beautiful.”
Thanks to the success of the event, there are plans to run it again next year with even more riders involved. We encourage any interested riders or sponsors to contact us if they would like to be involved. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch!