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Football For All

On Thursday 11th October, we will be bringing the different parts of the FBB family together for our Annual Showcase at Amnesty International HQ in Shoreditch. This provides a wonderful platform for our youth participants to showcase their talents, and this year it will be entirely participant-led, with a youth leadership team working to put the night together.

The theme will be “A Letter to My Younger Self” with a focus on inter-generational dialogue. This will be the 5th edition of the Annual “Football For All” event, and we’ve got a very special event planned ahead. We are delighted that we’ll be joined by some very special guests, with Southampton captain and England international Ryan Bertrand as well as Fulham Head Coach Slavisa Jokanovic speaking on the night.

This event is all about being inclusive, and we have made it as affordable as possible covering all costs at just £7 a ticket (£4 for concessions) with any money raised on the evening going directly towards our FBB Schools Programme.

Tickets for this event always sell out, so get yours here now!

 

For the first time at our annual showcase, FBB’s young people will be leading immersive exhibitions and workshops during the first part of the night. Please make sure to arrive at 18.15 to give yourself enough time to see all the exhibitions.

Here’s a list of the exhibitions you can look forward to:

Masculinity

One of our FBB schools curriculum modules, the ‘Masculinity’ exhibition enables our young people to interrogate notions of identity in relation to what it means to be a man. In this exhibition, they will explore the effects of stereotypes and societal pressure to be a certain type of man and how this impacts adversely on the lives of young men growing up today. The exhibition highlights some of their key learnings which will encourage guests to reflect on the role of ‘masculinity’ in society.

Intergenerational Meet-Up

In August we hosted a Summer School with articles featuring the main topics that concern our young people. Through this process, it became apparent that young people are inheriting a different world to their elders, a world full of pressures but one they are embracing with hope. This exhibit aims to bring together and encourage different generations to discuss and share their perspective on these wide-ranging topics to promote a mutual understanding.

A Letter to My Younger Self

This project was inspired by Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho’s letter to his younger self that was published in The Players’ Tribune magazine (2017). You will be able to read and listen to the letters our young people wrote to themselves. There will be a short workshop to accompany this and an opportunity to leave a voice note to your older or younger self.

London

Our youth-led ‘City of Nations’ project during the World Cup 2018 provoked a lot of discussion around what it means to be a young person growing up in London. This project is the sequel to this, with a deeper exploration of what this city means to our FBB community. The ‘London’ film made by Jake Young, Fionn Hutton and Dan Summers looks at what London as a city can teach the world. The film will be followed by a short discussion around what London represents to different guests.

City of Nations: FBB x Nike

This FBB x Nike project took place over the course of the World Cup 2018. Our young people created a project around what it means to be a young person from a different nation growing up in London. The six nations of Brazil, England, France, Nigeria, Poland and Portugal were represented by members of the FBB community who originate from these places. You will be asked to leave your photograph and a word that describes your memory of a World Cup that united people together.

Female Ambassador: The Year of the Woman

2018 has been dubbed the ‘Year of the Woman’. The #MeToo movement brought women’s issues into the spotlight and public figures like Beyoncé and Serena Williams have redefined feminism for modern audiences. FBB want to celebrate the women who inspire them. In groups, the young people have selected female role models that they feel would be effective at, and are deserving of, a role as an FBB ambassador. Tonight we will ask you to cast your vote.

Oh So London: Our Vision for a Better Future

For the second year in a row, FBB has run a two week summer school. This year the young people went to meet several different organisations that work within the football industry. They created a magazine that looks at the topics that are most important to them. We would like you to create a title for an article you would like to see explored in a future magazine by our young people.

Football For All: The FA Project

The FBB x FA ‘Football for All’ project asked our young people to explore whether ‘football is more than just a game?’  We ran a campaign about the meaning and role football plays within society and within it extends beyond the pitch. Tonight we would like you to record a short video and answer the simple question: What does football mean to you?

 

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FBB’s Director Jasper Kain is excited for the event: “Each year this event represents a hugely important occasion for Football Beyond Borders. It is a chance for us to bring together both those who benefit from our programmes and those who support them for a very unique celebration, a night which allows us to champion the power of football and education to improve the lives of the young people that we work with.

This year more than ever before, we are putting complete faith in our young people to plan the agenda and to fulfil key roles on the night – including hosting the evening. The agenda is likely to be rich and diverse, from young people performing on stage to established names from the world of football sharing their stories as to how they got to where they are. Don’t miss what is certain to be a remarkable evening!”

Watch the video below to see the story of the night from last year’s showcase: