At Football Beyond Borders it is young people that take centre stage. The organisation’s work and ethos is not about telling young people what to do. Rather the focus is on discovering their existing capacity for creativity and hard-work. A capacity that too often many young people are restricted from realising because of numerous challenges and a lack of opportunities.
No student encompasses the value and reward of this approach more than Martin Skehan. A natural and charismatic leader, he is a role-model to his peers and others around him. He personifies why FBB’s work is so vital, demonstrating how proper encouragement and support can empower young people to thrive and ultimately transform their lives to become leaders in their community.
Such has been Martin’s journey of growth and development he has been awarded a prestigious invite to the Football Association’s (FA) National Football Futures Camp. The four day programme which brings together young leaders from across the country will take place at St. George’s Park from Monday 6th August until Thursday 9th August 2018.
Speaking about achieving this prestigious invite, Martin said: “I’m really excited to go to leadership camp. Truthfully I am also a bit nervous as I would like to make a good impression on those there but, overall I’m there to try and learn as much as I possibly can and become better at doing what I love.”
The purpose of the Futures Camp is to help improve and develop the individual and capability of young leaders. Throughout the camp young people will have an opportunity to further develop and build on their leadership skills, it exists to not only support their own development but also benefit their peers.
Thomas Bateman, one of Martin’s teachers says: “Since FBB started working with Martin it was clear that they uncovered the leader within him. Over the past five years he has become a great role model to younger students and has shown a real focus on self-development which is rare for someone so young. I am delighted he has this opportunity to keep growing as a leader.”
Jasper Kain, reflects, “This is a thoroughly deserved reward for Martin, one that is a testament to the kind of leader and role-model he is. Since Martin joined our programme what has always shone through his desire to work-hard, his capacity to lead and his remarkable maturity. We are absolutely delighted for him.”