This school year our FBB Schools programme started with eighteen projects, where we delivered our football-inspired Project Based Learning programme teaching literacy and key soft skills to our participants.
We had started to work in Cardiff for the first time and grew to 10 schools with age groups ranging from 9-16 year olds. After our summer tours and camps we hope to take FBB to another level in the next academic year, undeterred by the threat of school budget cuts. We are currently delivering our programmes to 320 students across London and in Wales.
We spoke to six of our staff members from practitioners to fundraisers to find out about their year with FBB:
What was your favourite FBB moment over this last school year?
FBB Head of Coaching Tim Jones said “A group of 6 boys took part in the Cwpan Y Bobl at the Gol in Cardiff. We reached the semi finals and were performing well at that stage with a real chance to make the final. We showed excellent TRL and were unfortunate not to make the final. My favourite moment is the respect the boys showed the opposition in our final game of the round despite drawing the match and knowing that that meant we did not get to proceed to the final.”
FBB Fundraising and Female Participation Coordinator Rebekah Keane said, “Having just joined FBB, I’ve already had so many amazing moments over the last 3 months of the academic year. My favourite has to be seeing the way India from Chestnut Grove really stepped up to lead the way for her group on the Flamingo Project – it was amazing to see her present on her own in front of their staff.”
What did you learn about yourself from working on the FBB Schools programme this year?
Van Basten, Project Lead said, “That I love my job and love working with children. Seeing them not understand something and then get it due to a couple of questions that you have prompted is inspirational.”
Timi Fernandez, Project Lead said, “The importance of honesty and consistency with the young people.”
What will you do differently next year?
Tim Jones said “I think a key learning for me is to have a better understanding of the individual action plan for each participant in the classroom. I would like to do this in collaboration with the young person and be more proactive in reviewing the progress of this at appropriate times.”
Timi Fernandez said “Having patience with participants independent of the situation. Taking the time out to speak with them and find out what FBB actually means to them and how they feel they have developed whilst on the programme.”
If you’re interested in volunteering on our #FBBSchools programmes please email FBB Co-Founder Jasper Kain at firstname.lastname@example.org