The first ever FBB Youth Voices programme drew to a close at the beginning of May, but the recent graduates are still taking opportunities to put their newly developed media skills into practice. Both Marcus (15) and Lorenzo (17) were invited to speak on the BBC FiveLive’s “Jamie Johnson Football Podcast“, a programme aimed at young people who love football.
For the first podcast, FBB’s Head of Comms Tom Perez joined Liverpool fan Marcus, Presenter Nick Bright, and the amazingly talented 8 year old Brayden – a huge Manchester City fan with a confidence and eloquence way beyond his years! Listen to that show here.
Marcus enjoyed hismelf, saying: “It was a great experience, i’d love to do more stuff like that in future! I got the chance to learn how it all works behind the scenes at the recording of a professional podcast. It’s amazing how much time & effort people put in!”
The following week, Lorenzo attended the show and was asked to speak about his beloved Arsenal. He also had a brilliant time, explaining: “It was an experience that helped me become more aware of what the professional side of the content-creating industry is like. I’m extremely grateful to Laurence and everyone who made it possible!”. You can listen to that show here.
The boys were invited down by Laurence McKenna, the BBC producer for this show and a good friend of the FBB Youth Voices programme having featured on their recently produced “Beyond Ballers” series on FBB TV. He had nothing but kind words to say about them: “Marcus and Lorenzo are the kind of guys you want on your show. Thoughtful, chatty and cool to work with. Getting practical media experience on both sides of the mic seems important in gaining a better understanding of how the whole media process works so changing up their environment and swapping the FBB film set at Copa 90 for a BBC podcast is a great start. The Jamie Johnson BBC podcast show is one of the first mainstream shows to focus on kids voices in the game, so to have Marcus and Lorenzo on with their brilliant knowledge of Liverpool and Arsenal respectively is a natural fit. It proves that young people are more than just a marketing tool in the game, they can really shape the conversation.”
Both Laurence & FBB’s Tom “Pez” Perez feature in Beyond Ballers episode 3, which you can watch in the video below:
FBB’s Head of Comms Tom Perez is hugely proud of the FBB Youth Voices participants: “They have grown and developed so much over the last 6 months and if they keep working hard then the sky is the limit. Credit to Laurence for coming down to visit our programme, realising their talent, and inviting them down – at the end of the day talent, without the opportunity to put it into practice, is wasted! Huge thanks as well to the presenter Nick Bright for making the lads so comfortable, and to the rest of the production team for making it all happen! In terms of FBB Youth Voices – look out for more exciting news coming soon – this is just the beginning!”
The FBB Youth Voices programme would not be such a huge success without your support. Please donate here so we can continue to expand the programme and support even more young people: www.footballbeyondborders.org/donate