FBB staff spotlight: Bruk Abdu

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FBB staff spotlight: Bruk Abdu

Bruk Abdu joined FBB as a volunteer coach straight after university. He has since been integral in the development of FBB TV, and is now our part-time filmmaker. We asked 10 quick-fire questions to get to know the 22 year old South Londoner:

What were your first impressions of FBB?
I had a weird sense of deja vú, like something I had dreamt before. Listening to the strong visions the team had for initial ideas was really exciting, I was ready to jump straight in and get involved too, bouncing my own ideas around!

What does FBB mean to you?
To me it’s a perfect example of Margret Mead’s famous quote – “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”.

We’re really proving that sports and media provide effective platforms to engage young people in a way where they can learn, grow and actively develop. We’re counteracting the idea of the young passive consumer feeling increasingly disenfranchised, by giving them the tools for self-improvement.

What three traits best define you?
Calm, creative and versatile.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
Jam doughnuts! (Tesco’s ting)

You’re working part-time at FBB, how do you fill the rest of your time?
Greta! A creative business project I co-founded along with my brother from another, specialising in creative videography. We’re currently working on a short film project called ‘Short.Sighted’.

What are your ambitions for the future?
I’d love to continue working on projects revolving around the triangle of Film, Football & Charity

You recently filmed two 10 year olds interview Yaya Touré for FBB TV, how did you find the experience?
It was bitter sweet. Bitter because I wished I were also 10 years old and having that experience. Sweet because being able to film Yaya Touré at the Ethihad Stadium was an amazing opportunity to work with a top premier league footballer!

Top 3 favourite films?
La Haine, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Bambi

The best thing about football is:
Team chemistry

Which footballer do you most admire and why?
It would have to be the Non-Flying Dutchman; Bergkamp! I love the story of an underdog and he’s always super cool, calm and collected. Also, that goal against Newcastle!

You can contact Bruk on: @Bruk_LTMbruka@footballbeyondborders.org