‘When I was about 15 years old, I first came to Archbishop Lanfranc School. It was a cold wintry afternoon and me and my schoolmates were greeted by the iron bars on the schools window. Dogs barked aggressively beside the pitch and two 6ft plus centre midfielders made our life difficult on the pitch. After 70 or so minutes of being abused verbally, physically, and psychologically I vowed never to return Lanfranc.
Roughly 10 years later and I am back at the school, bars removed, a few rowdy students remain but nothing I cannot deal with. After meeting the FBB staff I was introduced to the students. Never in my life have I seen such a diverse group of young boys. Boys from Kurdistan, Eritrea, Ghana via Italy, and of course now Thornton Heath, which many of them consider to be home. All are here staying behind on a Friday afternoon for one thing, Football.
The beginning of December saw me quit a lucrative sports marketing job in Moorgate, Central London so that I could coach for FBB at Archbishop Lanfranc school. Many would call this decision irrational but to use a phrase often used by the kids, I knew I was “not about that life.”
Fast forward to January 2015 and my prayers seem to have been answered! Due to all the hard work I have put in and thanks to a successful funding bid I am beginning to work for FBB in a paid capacity. It is a dream come true. Social inclusion, football coaching, mentoring with a hint of TV punditry* and exciting projects unfolding weekly. FBB has rekindled my love for football.’
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