The phrase ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ is a big one but was relevant for some FBB participants this week who were part of the matchday England FA media team at Wembley.
Having spent 8 weeks working on a group project which explored the role of identity in football and the meaning it holds in people’s lives, the winning group were invited to put their recently honed skills to the test by developing content at the England vs Italy match which was played out in front of 80,000 fans in the stadium and millions more at home.
Six FBB participants, all aged 14-16 years old, were tasked with covering a broad range of tasks, including pitchside photography and film as well as writing reports on the match for the FA website and Social Media platforms. As FBB participant Archie Alvarez reflected, ‘it was an incredible first hand experience as I got to try something new and meet my heroes!’. Fellow FBB participant Jake Thomson went one step further stating that it was the ‘best thing I have ever done and something I would love to do again in the future. I got to meet new people who helped me like Greg, their social media guy, and I saw the players up front in person.’
You can find the work completed by the FBB participants published on the FA website, including a Match Report by Isaiah and England Player Ratings by Ayman, both 14 years old, as well as an overview of the FBB x FA experience by Jaden, 13 years old.
Working with the young people at FBB has been a magical experience – from attending my first FBB event to escorting the young people around Wembley Stadium.
The energy and enthusiasm put in every week, applying their skills, resources and imagination to create various media content has been a fantastic experience – I was super impressed with how the young people got straight into their specific job roles, learnt on the spot quickly and supported The FA staff while also showing us a trick or two!
It’s been a pleasure to work with such a talented group, I hope they’ve been inspired to look into a career in football because they’ve reminded me to continue enjoying my job!
-Alexander Brown, FA TV Video Producer
As FBB Head of Education Joe Watfa summarised, ‘the pioneering ‘FA x FBB For All’ project was a real display of the transformative potential of education when learning comes alive. At all stages of the project the students hunger and passion to learn was evident as was their commitment to excellence. We would like to thank the FA for this opportunity and look forward to providing more inspirational learning opportunities in the future.’
Check out our video below to see the behind the scenes experience…