Joe Poxon (aka ‘Pox’ – centre of pic above) joined FBB on a 6 month work experience placement from university. Currently finishing his final year, we can’t wait to have him back once he’s graduated! Here’s 11 things to know about The Pox…
What does FBB mean to you?
FBB means a lot to me. Firstly, it provides me with an opportunity to follow my passions of coaching football while helping young people prepare for their future. Secondly, I’ve had some incredible and unforgettable moments for which I will always be grateful. Finally, the FBB team took me in and made me feel like I was a part of something. FBB are a family and community – it’s about people who care and are like-minded. It has definitely helped my development too. It’s a special place to work and it’s a privilege to be part of it
You’ve helped out on a variety of things at FBB, what’s been your highlight?
There have been so many! Obviously the event with Santi Cazorla was incredible, and being on the Emirates Stadium pitch with Robert Pires was amazing too. But I also love my everyday coaching with the young people and community. It may sound strange, but my absolute highlight was actually a car journey with Jasper Kain, Tom Perez, Jack Badu and Jack Reynolds, because it showed me the dedication these guys have for this special organisation. I became a lot closer to them and now feel I can call them all friends, not just colleagues
What do you study at university, and will you be using these skills back at FBB?
I study Sport Development with Coaching at Sheffield Hallam University, so absolutely. I’m gaining a good knowledge and perspective of sport in general, how it can be used to help in society, how to coach young people and many more valuable skills
What’s your earliest footballing memory?
My earliest footballing memory would be watching PNE at Deepdale stadium with some family friends. Watching players like David Healey, Richard Cresswell, Lee Cartwright and David Lucas – although most people won’t recognise the names, it was at that moment I fell in love with the sport
Do you have any hidden talents?
I do love to sing, act and write songs and people seem to think I’m good at that, but otherwise I don’t think so. If I do, they are very well hidden and I’m yet to find them!
What’s one thing you cannot resist?
One thing I can’t resist (apart from a game of football) would be dancing, but only in a relevant scenario, I would never dance randomly in the street…
What three traits best define you?
I would say caring, willing and dramatic. But dramatic meaning a love of the arts, you know, in a good way!
Which footballer do you most admire and why?
It would have to be Graham Alexander, ex Preston North End captain and former Fleetwood Town manager. His ability with a football was incredible, but I also respect his leadership and loyalty, how he could face adversity and come out on top. I know he joined rivals Burnley, but he finished his career at PNE where he first started coaching, played 372 games, and in my eyes was unlucky not to become manager. He is also the second outfield player to reach 1000+ games in English football history!
What would you tell your 13-year-old self?
Don’t be worried about other people’s opinions, just do what you love and try your best while doing it – life is too short! I think many young people are too concerned about their image and the way they are perceived by others. Don’t work towards a specific mould, it’s often the things we are hiding or shying away from that make us special, and it’s these things that will make you stand out in the future
How would you describe your coaching style?
I think the young people I coach would be able to answer this better than me! I would say that I’m a very fun and energetic coach, but I like my players to show discipline so can be strict and assertive when needed
What’s your go-to karaoke number?
It would be either Michael Buble’s version of Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’, or Wilson Pickett’s classic ‘In the Midnight Hour’