FBB TV Meets: BBC journalist Leon Mann

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FBB TV Meets: BBC journalist Leon Mann

This week we released our latest short FBB TV film featuring young presenter Rashad, a participant from ourFBB Schools programme, interviewing BBC journalist Leon Mann about his media career, journalism, and the importance of diversity in football. It was a great opportunity for Rashad to learn from one of the most talented journalists around, who has himself interviewed Premier League footballers Ashley Cole and Rio Ferdinand among others, as well as renowned sporting legends such as Usain Bolt and Michael Jordan.

Leon Mann was delighted to be involved: “I really enjoyed filming with FBB TV. It’s incredibly important that young people have an opportunity to create their own media to tell stories that reflect the way they see the world. On a practical level – having access to cameras and editing equipment is fantastic. Those skills and the confidence they take from seeing a production come together will stay with them for years to come. Rashad was a very good interviewer, with lots of character! He and all the young people involved at FBB TV give me real hope that the sports media can become more diverse in the future – and as a result, much better!”

Rashad, who has also previously interviewed Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balague, said: “I can’t believe the things I have got to do through FBB TV. The interviews I’ve done have been some of the best experiences of my life. I now feel really confident to go on and get a career in media and I feel with FBB I can learn the skills I need to succeed.”

As well as Rashad presenting the piece, other young participants from our FBB Schools programme were involved both in the filming and editing of the piece, giving them valuable experience at every stage of the production process. The young media apprentices participated in two editing workshops run by freelance editor Matt Spurr, who volunteered his time to teach them how to edit the piece and also produced the final cut for FBB TV. The youth participants were also taught how to use the camera equipment by filmmaker Mark Pengelly, who also ran two workshops for FBB TV around general film-making skills. Our thanks go to Leon, Matt and Mark for volunteering their time to share their skills and experiences with our young people!