Staff Spotlight: Sam Hodge
Where did you grow up and what did you want to become when you were a teenager and why?
- I grew up in West Norwood, Southeast London then moved to East Dulwich. I had counselling sessions as a result of my parents splitting up and I thought that I would like to become a counsellor as he was warm and sensitive towards my situation.
What football team do you support and why did you star supporting them?
- I support Crystal Palace F.C. because they were my local team and my mum took me to watch games.
How would your friends describe you in 3 words?
- Soft, caring and creative
Describe your journey with FBB so far?
- My journey with FBB has been multi-layered and has been hugely beneficial to my sense of self and growing resilience. I have enjoyed bringing my Place2Be therapeutic work to the organization and to the kids.
What does FBB mean to you?
- FBB means shifting societal/cultural norms in favour of a more optimistic, progressive and culturally blended environment.
Pick your three highlights from FBB:
- Working with Jabril at Griffin Primary, Santi at Henry Fawcett and finally Shaeon from Chestnut Grove using the football therapy model.
What does your role entail at FBB and what do you hope to achieve?
- I hope to instill a sense of self-reflection with pupils who can think about the self from fear of judgement and shame.
The best thing about football is?
- The best thing about football is the beauty of watching teams passing the ball around confidently.
The best thing about working with young people is?
- The best thing about working with FBB is offering validation to young people and love. Being a reparative, therapeutic presence in their lives,
How would you describe your coaching style?
- My coaching style is a little underdeveloped but I aim to instill a sense of calm and work particularly closely with young people on creating a passing style of football as opposed to an individualistic one.
Where do you hope to be in ten years?
- I hope to be living and working in a hotter country than the U.K.