This month, Football Beyond Borders celebrated the birth of FBB TV – our very own youth-led football media platform. After a successful period of crowdfunding in which we raised over £7,500 to buy camera equipment – with over 150 people donating to the campaign – we are pleased to release our first new film (watch it on FBB TV here)! Building on our strong South London links, the film is about Dulwich Hamlet FC, and is presented by 13 year old Matthew Young from our FBB Schools project at Archbishop Lanfranc academy in Croydon. The film has been backed by the Fans for Diversity fund, a joint initiative from Kick It Out and the Football Supporters Federation to promote diversity and inclusion across the professional and non-league game. Both organisations were keen to support FBB TV from its inception and have provided funding for FBB TV to be able to make films about our young people engaging with local community clubs.
Anwar Uddin, who leads on the delivery of the ‘Fans for Diversity’ campaign, run jointly by Kick It Out and the Football Supporters’ Federation, said: “It is fantastic to see Football Beyond Borders put together such a fantastic film displaying the role played by non-league clubs and their supporters in promoting equality, inclusion and diversity in football. Dulwich Hamlet are the main focus for the feature and they continue to act as a shining example for other non-league teams on how to bring the local community closer to their clubs. We have worked closely with Dulwich on a couple of different occasions this season, including Non League Day, and the link-up they have developed with FBB is extremely exciting to see. Kick It Out and the Football Supporters’ Federation are proud to give their ongoing backing to FBB and the groundbreaking projects they are undertaking across London to support young people. We are looking forward to seeing the next film produced by FBB TV, supported by the ‘Fans for Diversity’ fund, demonstrating the importance of fan-led activity.”
Duncan Hart, Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust spokesperson, was delighted with the film and said: “It’s been a privilege and inspiration to work with Football Beyond Borders. They are doing incredible things with local youngsters here on our doorstep. The Supporters’ Trust and the football club are always looking for ways to develop stronger links with everyone in our community, and the experience with FBB over the last few months has exceeded our expectations. It’s been rewarding to see the FBB kids jumping up and down with the Rabble (as our supporters are known) in recent games. Hats off to the football club as well for being so welcoming to FBB; with their time, tickets and giving FBB TV the freedom to record around the club.”
Claudia Jukes, Head of Sponsorship and Charity Liasons at Dulwich Hamlet, said: “Dulwich Hamlet were over the moon when they were approached by FBB to do a feature about the supporters and the club, and as advocates of the work they do it was the perfect partnership. Their hard work has obviously paid off and we now have an amazing, unique short film showcasing what makes following Dulwich Hamlet such an uplifting experience. Hopefully via FBB TV we can encourage and inspire young people to achieve their goals, both on and off the pitch.”
FBB’s Head of Communications Tom Perez is excited by the film and the partnership with Dulwich: “Over the last few months, Dulwich Hamlet have welcomed us to their home ground at Champion Hill, providing free tickets for our young people – many of whom had never had the chance to watch live football before. We were keen to document their unique story as a non-league club that has grown its support base rapidly in recent years by engaging with the local community and making tickets affordable for young people and families. The club and the Supporters Trust have been brilliant with us – introducing us to the manager and to the supporters to arrange interviews for the film, allowing us to hold our FBB TV launch party fundraiser in the clubhouse, and even giving us the chance to hold bucket collections to fundraise at busy games. Now we are proud to be able to launch this film to show just how wonderful a club Dulwich Hamlet is and to celebrate the unique, inclusive and diverse fan culture that they have created.”
You can watch the video below, or click here to subscribe to FBB TV.