As one tour comes to a close in Barcelona, another one begins with our under 15 youth group from Chestnut Grove school in South London heading to Freiburg in Germany.
The FBB Unity Tour 2015 with Rotteck-Gymanasium school is focused on mutual exchange and challenging racism through football and was the brainchild of FBB member Adrian Ochs. Having travelled to Brazil and the Balkans with FBB in 2012 and 2013 he decided he wanted to bring together FBB participants in London with members of his old school in Freiburg.
Adrian explains how the project was born: “Football Beyond Borders gave me the chance to travel to Brazil, the Balkans and through the UK. I have never learned more about society, history and humanity than during these trips. So I was keen to create a similar opportunity for young football players that might not otherwise have such possibilities. I hope that the agenda will make for some valuable experiences that might have a small impact on their persona and thinking.”
The first day of the tour saw the FBB participants meet their hosts and discuss their hobbies and interests before taking part in a tournament. The teams started out as Britain vs Germany but turned soon progressed into a mixed game which proved that nationality is less important than your passion and commitment to the team! Both groups ended up mixing up and played football with a smile on their faces which was a good omen of things to come. The day finished with the boys eating Schnitznel (a traditional German food) together before heading back to their host families for the night.
Their FBB Teacher Saquib Malik, was delighted with how the day went: “Today has been an amazing opportunity for the boys to meet people from different communities and learn about them. They have also learnt to adapt their footballing game to a new country. Great first day bring ontomorrow!”
FBB’s Head of Coaching Jack Badu thinks the trip will be a life-changing experience for the young Londoners in particular:
“As a young man from South London I’ve been extremely lucky to meet many individuals from all over the world through football. This trip gives young people the opportunity to not just meet new people but also immerse themselves in a completely new culture. Football Beyond Borders has truly lived up to its name with this trip. Giving young people opportunities to step outside their comfort zone and immerse themselves in another culture from their own united through their love of football”
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