Moving up a level: Volunteers needed for FBB Schools expansion

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Moving up a level: Volunteers needed for FBB Schools expansion

The expansion of Football Beyond Borders Schools’ Programme continues at pace with the launch of eight different projects from September. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join the FBB Schools team to support our work in schools in the boroughs of Croydon, Newham, Southwark and Wandsworth. If you are interestested in volunteering, please apply here.

The after-school programme works with students who are passionate about football but underachieving at school and combines classroom-based activities which promote literacy with football sessions run by qualified coaches.

FBB Head of Delivery, Jasper Kain says: “We are only effective as the teams that we have to support the young people on a weekly basis. Many of the participants face considerable challenges in their school and home life. The programme is effective when there are reliable and supportive adults who the young people can get to know, who they learn to trust and gain a sense that they believe in them.”

Volunteers should have a passion for working with young people and should preferably have a basic interest in football, but this is not essential. The FBB schools sessions usually run from 3-5pm and volunteers are expected to attend at least one session a week for a minimum of one school term.

As 12 year old FBB schools participant Kobe says, “The team at FBB have helped me with my behaviour, as before they came I was badly behaved. They understand problems at school and don’t just shout – they tell me calmly how to improve. They’ve also built more confidence in me on and off the pitch.”

Malachy, a longstanding FBB volunteer, has had some brilliant experiences: “Volunteering for FBB has been an amazing experience for me. I’ve met a fantastic group of people whose passion for football and for using it as a force for good is rare. The energy from the young people is infectious and it’s easy to see how our support is helping them. Through FBB, I have had the opportunity to turn a love of mine into something tangibly beneficial, and got to meet professional footballers and football writers along the way.”

If you’re intersted in volunteering, click here to fill in a short application form and register your interest

If you have any questions about the programme, please email jkain@footballbeyondborders.org

Watch the video below to see the impact that #FBBSchools has had on Matthew, one of our the first participants on the programme