At the end of last month, FBB participants had the opportunity to work alongside the English Football Association media team, producing digital content across multiple platforms for the England vs Italy friendly match.
Below is a testimony written by FBB 16 year old Debra, who was one of the pitchside photographers.
”It was a once in a lifetime experience. Not every 16-year-old can say that they had the chance to take a picture of Jamie Vardy scoring the first goal of the England vs Italy match from pitch side at the Wembley stadium.
My opportunities at FBB have gone from visiting Wembley as spectator to actually working alongside the FA media team. I was provided with a platform to express my passion for football whilst producing visual content witnessing the game from behind the goal.
This experience has broadened my imagination on what I want to become in the future. Growing up all I knew was that I wanted to be a female footballer. Since all the opportunities I have been given, including this one at Wembley, I’m now trying to focus on other possibilities, such as media career in the sport industry.
Fiona, the professional photographer I was working with, shared her knowledge and expertise, advising me how to capture the feeling of Wembley and the spirit of football through the camera lens. This experience has inspired me to continue exploring photography as a medium to capture key moments and emotions of sport as well as consider it as a potential career path. It fits into FBB’s ethos of providing young people with the experiences and opportunities to create and explore different career paths through the vehicle of football.
The collaboration with the FA made me realise that there’s no limits to what I can achieve or become. Before being granted this opportunity I had the mindset that someone from south London wouldn’t be able to work for such a big company. I also didn’t know what pathways to take after school which would intrigue a company like The FA to hire me. Having met the likes of FA TV Video Producer Alexander Brown, who himself came from a similar background, I am now confident that no dream is too big to come true.
The football media industry isn’t complete until the likes of us guys have arrived. So trust me and keep an eye out! ”
Have a look at some of the match highlights captured by Debra below…