FBB provides work experience opportunities to many young students. We show them that football is more than just a game and teach them skills which will help them in their chosen career path. Lorenzo (pictured above filming Clinton Morrison’s FBB TV interview) was a fantastic asset to the team and we are thrilled he will continue to volunteer for us in the future.
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What are the main things you learnt from your work experience at FBB?
“I never had a ‘real’ job before FBB. The prospect of going out and learning new things was special to me at 16. I entered the office in Camberwell and was hit with a harsh reality to work. All I saw were people on their desks getting straight down to work which left an impression on me. I must prove my worth. From that point forward I got straight on task and learnt many things along the way! One of these things was finding out what I really wanted to do with my life. I was sat in a car with FBB staff members Pez, Joe and Bruk, and I was being questioned about what I want to do with my life from Joe. I told him that “I want to make the world a better place”, and his immediate response was “How are you going to do that?”. I was speechless. Until that very day, I could envision myself helping the world, but I never really knew how I was going to do it. Thanks to the invaluable words from Joe, I feel as if I’ve taken another step to becoming the man I want to be. Furthermore, FBB taught me that being a loving character goes a long way! Everyone at FBB works with passion and heart, and I guess you can say that their actions have rubbed off on me. At the end of the day, FBB is one big family, and I’m proud to say that I’m a part of it.”
What have you been doing in the world of media since then and have you been using the skills you developed at FBB?
“Ever since I left FBB, I have been on JD Football to film videos and I’ve received great advice from the likes of Craig Mitch and StevoTheMadMan. I have also managed to get a presenting role with AFCstuff a YouTube channel who have over 50,000 followers across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. FBB’s main cameraman and editor, Bruk Abdu, taught me all the basics of my Canon 70D in a mere 10 minutes, and these core skills have improved my content tenfold! I wouldn’t be in the position I’m at now if it wasn’t for him.”
What would you say to other young people who want to work in football media?
“Just do what you have to do. Don’t wait for when ‘the time is right’, go get it now! I’ve filled myself with excuses my entire life and I made others believe that I’m someone I’m not… I’m 17 this week and these next two years are going to be the biggest and most challenging ones of my life. However, I’m ready for it. I know that this is the reason I was put on earth. So, what’s stopping you?”
What do you think of FBB’s approach to working with young people?
“FBB’s main aim is to help young people, and you can definitely see that in their daily routines. As I coached, taught and filmed for FBB, I saw that the staffs’ main aim is to help the children, by providing them with substantial learning support and once in a lifetime opportunities.”
Are you excited to volunteer on the FBB Schools programme at your school?
“I’m incredibly excited to be a volunteer for FBB at my school. It will be my way of giving back to the community, and I will have fun with the staff and young people along the way. Another thing to note is that it provides me with something extra to write on my CV and university application, which will make me stand out from the rest.”
What plans have you got for the future?
“My plan for the future is to work in the world of social media and become a presenter or entertainer. I could have chosen to do my work experience at a law firm instead of FBB but my gut feeling told me to come here. FBB are providing me with a huge opportunity to be a part of their FBB TV youth voices programme. I can say that I’m getting ever closer to fulfilling my destiny.”
“FBB, wherever you may be!”