My name is Ashley, I go to Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, I am in year 10 and I have just completed 2 weeks’ work experience at Football Beyond Borders. I applied to do my work experience with FBB because they have become a big part of my life since I joined the FBB family in year 8. (pictured right next to his brother at Dulwich Hamlet FC)
To apply for work experience at FBB I had to send through an email to FBB Head of Delivery Jasper Kain with two videos which I thought showed good coaching in them. I then explained in the email what was good about each video. For the 2nd part of the application, I had to explain what I wanted to get out of my work experience with FBB. At first, I wasn’t going to apply because I didn’t think I would get in but then I applied because I thought that it was a good opportunity.
On the first day, I was given my project brief, to research what impact FBB had on participants and how it has helped them. I was thrilled when I found out I had my own project because it is something which I could call my own piece of work. I started to go into different schools and interview lots of FBB kids. After I had asked enough children I started to write up the interviews and different parts of my report for my project.
On my last week, I was asked to present what I enjoyed in the last two weeks and what I had found out from my research project. The presentation was very nerve-wracking because I don’t like speaking in front of a group of people. I started to think of it as another FBB session and that really helped me to speak in front of all the staff.
The work experience was amazing, becoming FBB staff for two whole weeks taught me that you can turn mistakes into decent work. How to layout a report and interview and, what it is like in the world of work which is a fantastic gift and opportunity that some children never get to experience.
I also did some snaps for Snapchat and have been included in some snaps by other people as well which was fun to do because it meant that I got to use a social media site that I had never used before.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article about work experience at FBB!
FBB Schools participant and work experience student Ashley