Today Football Beyond Borders’ young leaders launched their campaign film and petition calling for better grassroots football facilities in South London.
The film, shot on location at Angell Town Estate in Brixton, calls on Lambeth council to carry out a full renovation of the estate’s football pitch, which is currently dangerous to play on due to holes in the fence and surface, malfunctioning floodlights and hard metal benches at the side of the pitch. Angell Town Estate is at the heart of rapidly gentrifying Brixton, but the young people that live there are not seeing the benefits.
The youth leadership team, which is composed of young men aged 15-21 from FBB’s community projects, has been campaigning for lasting changes that will benefit their community. Yesterday they met with local councillor Matthew Parr, and they have been building support in the media and local community.
The team created their campaign film through two participatory FBBTV film workshops led by FBB youth mentor Bruk Abdu, with each participant having the chance to contribute to the filming and editing process. Please support the campaign by signing the petition!
Youth leader Timon Dixon said: “Here in South London, many areas are deprived of a safe and sustainable place to play football. We are campaigning to change this. Having lived here for over a decade I grew up with poor facilities and was forced to make the best out of it. I want to change this for the younger generation in my community.”
The FBB Youth Leadership team is funded by Comic Relief Local Communities Fund, Peter Minet Trust and the People’s Postcode Trust.