Colin Okirie

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Project Lead (London)

Colin Okirie

COLIN JOINED IN AUGUST 2020, HE HOLDS A MASTERS DEGREE IN SPORT AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND EARNED A FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIP TO STUDY HIS UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE IN CALIFORNIA, USA. COLIN PLAYED FOOTBALL IN THE GERMAN OBERLIGA IN 2017, BEFORE JOINING SPORT4LIFEUK AS THEIR SPORTS LEADER TRAINER. IN HIS SPARE TIME COLIN LOVES TO LISTEN TO MUSIC, READ AND PLAY FOOTBALL. 

“For me, it is all about positive relationships. We set foundations for young people to build positive relationships for themselves moving forward. We have the responsibility of creating spaces in which a young person can build lasting relationships with education, people, and themselves. Everyone at FBB goes to work with the sole purpose of supporting youth and I am grateful to be a part of it”

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Project Lead (North-West)

SAM HULME

SAM JOINED FBB IN SEPTEMBER 2020 HAVING PREVIOUSLY WORKED IN A HIGH SCHOOL AS A PASTORAL AND BEHAVIOURAL SUPPORT WORKER. PRIOR TO THIS, SAM STUDIED YOUTH AND COMMUNITY WORK AT UNIVERSITY. WHILST STUDYING, HE WAS ABLE TO SPEND A COUPLE OF YEARS WORKING WITH AT RISK YOUNG PEOPLE WITH THE TARGETED YOUTH SUPPORT TEAM IN BOLTON. HAVING PREVIOUSLY PLAYED FOR ACCRINGTON STANLEY, SAM STILL LIKES TO PLAY FOOTBALL IN HIS SPARE TIME AND IS ALSO SIGNED TO AN ACTING AGENT.

“Joining FBB as a Project Lead allows me to combine my two main passions; Youth work and Football. This for me is a huge bonus and I haven’t seen any other companies that combine the two so well. Having grown up as a young person facing adversity during my School years, I appreciate first hand the difficulties that some young people face in terms of being engaged at School. I hope my experience will help young people on my projects to succeed and become the best version of themselves”

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Part-Time Project Lead (North-West)

MICHAEL WELCH

MICHAEL IS A PROJECT LEAD/ASSIST IN THE NORTH WEST. HE JOINED THE FBB NORTH WEST TEAM NEAR ITS BEGINNING, EARLY 2019 AND HAS BEEN PART OF ITS DEVELOPMENT SINCE. HIS LOVE FOR MUSIC HAS TAKEN HIM TOURING AROUND THE WORLD, ON MANY BIG STAGES, SUCH AS GLASTONBURY AND A EUROPEAN TOUR WITH JUSTIN BIEBER. HE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT FOOTBALL AND A DIE HARD LIVERPOOL FAN, HE EVEN WORKED AT ANFIELD WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER. MICHAEL IS A PROUD SCOUSER, WHO IS FAMILY ORIENTATED AND LOVES TO DO HIS BEST FOR THE TEAM.

“Being part of the FBB Team has shown me how every little effort makes such a big difference in young people’s lives. Everyone in the family really does go beyond for others, and this is what drives me to do the same. My passion to support young people has grown tenfold whilst being at FBB, i have learnt so much as a person and i’m proud to be part of a team that have had such a massive impact on others lives.”

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Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner (North-West)

SAM RUSSELL

SAM JOINED FFB AFTER COMPLETING HIS MASTER’S IN COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY (PERSON-CENTERED) AT KEELE UNIVERSITY. PRIOR TO THIS HE WORKED IN THE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE SECTOR IN A RANGE OF DIFFERENT ROLES FROM SUPPORT WORKER TO BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER. IN HIS SPARE TIME, HE LIKES TO PLAY RUGBY, LEARN MUAY THAI AND SLEEP. 

“I am very happy to be joining an organisation that centers young people and really puts them first. As a person-centered practitioner this aligns with both my practice and my personal beliefs. I look forward to being there throughout young people’s journey with FBB and learning as much from them as they do from me.” 

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Educational Assistant (North-West)

ROYA MEHDIZADEH-VALOUJERDY

ROYA JOINED FBB AFTER COMPLETING UNIVERSITY AT LEEDS BECKETT. SHE STUDIED SPORT DEVELOPMENT AND ALSO WORKED AT THE LEEDS UNITED FOUNDATION WITH PREMIER LEAGUE KICKS AS THEIR SOCIAL ACTION PROJECT LEAD. ROYA COACHES AT LEEDS UNITED GIRLS ACADEMY AND VOLUNTEERS IN FOOTBALL IN HER SPARE TIME, CHAIRING THE FA NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL. AS WELL AS BEING A TEAM LEADER AT THE YOUTH SPORT TRUST AND PREVIOUSLY BEING A GAME CHANGER AT KICK IT OUT.

“It is a real privilege to work at an organisation that exists to positively impact the lives of young people. I am so excited to be supporting the North West FBB team on our journey and work alongside such fantastic individuals to change lives!”

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Data Assistant and Trainee Project Lead (London)

CHIDI EMERUWA

“FBB has allowed me to bridge the gap between my love for football and my passion for supporting young people. I have worked with young people across the U.K. and in America and it has only reinforced in me the idea that everybody is unique with their own story to tell. Having grown up in South London I understand the potential difficulties in navigating not only the streets but also educational environments. I hope to make that journey easier for young people. I believe for every lesson I share with the youth we work with, I learn something just as valuable from them.”

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Finance Manager (London)

JERRY NICHOLSON

JERRY IS A CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT AND IS PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING PURPOSE DRIVEN ORGANISATIONS SCALE.  HE STARTED HIS CAREER WITH ROLES AT PWC AND EY. HE HAS SINCE WORKED WITH START-UPS, SMES AND CHARITIES FOR THE LAST 15 YEARS BOTH IN THE UK AND OVERSEAS. IN HIS SPARE TIME, HE LIKES TO COOK AND PLAY TENNIS! 

“I believe that every young person is unique and has something special to offer the world and their community.  However not everyone enjoys the same opportunities.  I am proud to work for an organization that values every young person and engages their passion for football to help them succeed in life.”

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Project Lead (London)

PEDRO CORREIA

AFTER COMPLETING AN MA AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON PEDRO SPENT A PERIOD OF TIME WORKING IN INCLUSION UNITS, YOUTH CENTRES AND SCHOOLS AS A COMMUNITY MUSIC THERAPIST BEFORE WORKING AS A SENIOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT WORKER FOR THE NHS. PEDRO IS PASSIONATE ABOUT CHAMPIONING YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH THE USE OF CREATIVE AND CURATIVE PLATFORMS. 


“It’s a pleasure to be part of an organisation that puts young people first. FBB understands how to use young people’s interests as a tool to provide educational and developmental transferable skills that allows our participants to be their best selves.” 

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Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner (London)

SAFIA EL DABI

SAFIA JOINED FBB IN AUGUST 2020. BEFORE JOINING THE TEAM SAF WAS WORKING ON AN ARTIST RESIDENCY AT TATE MODERN LEADING ART WORKSHOPS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. ALONGSIDE HER TATE WORK SHE ALSO TRAINED AS AN ART PSYCHOTHERAPIST. SAF ENJOYS DANCING, RUNNING AND EXPLORING HER ART PRACTICE.

“I feel passionately about FBB’s focus on leaving no young person behind. FBB champions the passions of young people by meeting them where they are and building from that place. It’s about recognising a future beyond the borders of what you thought was possible.”

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Project Lead (London)

ARAMIDE OKEKUNLE

ARAMIDE JOIND FBB AFTER HER LONG TERM COMMITMENT TO ST MATTHEWS PROJECT IN NOVEMBER. DURING HER TIME WITH ST MATTHEW’S, SHE WORKED AS A U17 GIRLS FOOTBALL COACH, COMMUNITY SESSIONAL COACH AS WELL AS COMMUNITY YOUTH SUPPORT WORKER. ARAMIDE DISCOVERED FBB DURING HER MASTER’S DEGREE VENTURE. AFTER GRADUATING A GREAT OPPORTUNITY CAME FOR HER TO BE A PART OF THE FBB  TEAM, DRIVEN BY HER COMMITMENT TO INVEST IN HER COMMUNITY. AN OFFER THAT SHE COULD NOT REFUSE. SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE SHARED COMMON GOALS AND PURPOSES THAT ALIGNED WITH HER LONG TERM PLANS TO INVEST IN PLATFORMING YOUNG PEOPLE’S SENSE OF SELF IN ORDER FOR THEM TO UNLOCK THEIR TRUE POTENTIAL.

“I am proud to be a part of a team which appreciates the process of caring for young people beyond the surface level. By promoting the need for them to be ‘outward, forward, creative and critical in their response to their experiences and the world around them.’ This to me is the act of doing things virtuously, due to the effect they have on the heart of young people who need investing in.”

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Head of Programmes

Tom Bateman

TOM JOINED THE FBB TEAM IN AUGUST 2019 AS OUR HEAD OF PROGRAMMES. BORN IN KENT, HE GREW UP PLAYING FOOTBALL WITH FBB DIRECTOR JASPER KAIN. PLAYING EVERYDAY WITH AN ACADEMY PLAYER, TOM QUICKLY REALISED THAT FOOTBALL WAS NOT HIS CALLING AND INSTEAD, HE WENT ON TO PURSUE A DEGREE IN HISTORY. TOM SPENT 7 YEARS AS A HISTORY TEACHER AND HEAD OF YEAR AT A SECONDARY SCHOOL IN CROYDON, WHICH ALSO BECAME THE FIRST EVER FBB SCHOOL’S PROJECT.

“While only officially joining the staff team in 2019, i’ve been involved with FBB for many years being given the title ‘FBB’s best ever volunteer’. I’ve been heavily involved with setting up our first project in a school and helping shape the FBB Schools Programme. With my experience working in schools, I hope to support FBB in continuing to develop the model as we expand to more and more schools.”

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Trainee Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner (London)

REMARIO BARROW-ROPER

REMARIO JOINED FBB IN SEPTEMBER 2019. HE HAS A LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA IN SPORTS SCIENCE AND IS CURRENTLY DOING A TEACHING ASSISTANT APPRENTICESHIP, WITH THE HOPE TO DEVELOP HIS SKILLS AND CAREER IN YOUTH WORK. IN HIS FREE TIME HE LIKES TO PLAY FOOTBALL AND LISTEN TO PODCASTS.

“I had first found out about FBB in 2016 when I was invited to take part in the community session that were running in Kennington park. I joined FBB because I felt it was a opportunity to put my skill sets and abilities to use and help the youth. I grew up seeing a lot of bad influences and role models influence other young people around me and I use that as drive to make me do better and push others around me to do better.”

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Producer and Development Lead (North-West)

SAMEED REZAYAN

SAMEED JOINED OUR NORTHWEST TEAM IN SEPTEMBER 2019. HE IS MANCHESTER BORN AND BRED AND DID HIS MASTERS IN POLITICS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER. SINCE THEN, HE HAS TOURED THE WORLD AS A DJ, RELEASED A NUMBER OF RECORDS AS A MUSIC PRODUCER AND REGULARLY HOSTS A RADIO SHOW. HE IS ALSO A PROUD FATHER OF A 2-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER WHO IS HIS BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT AND IS WELL ON HER WAY TO BECOMING A CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLER OR DINOSAUR!

“I first found out about FBB when I was studying Politics at University. I joined FBB because it combined my passion for young people, affirmative action and football. I grew up in South Manchester and witnessed my community fall foul to measures of austerity with closures of youth centres, increased crime and a lack of positive provisions. I studied my MA in Politics at Manchester University and then volunteered to work with children with special education needs at a local school. I love working with young people and have been doing so for the last 7 years.”

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Impact Manager (London)

Gabrielle Hamill

GABRIELLE JOINED OUR IMPACT TEAM IN SEPTEMBER 2019. SHE IS BELGIAN AND ENGLISH AND DID HER DEGREE IN POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BATH. GABRIELLE HAS PREVIOUSLY WORKED FOR A LEADING IMPACT ORGANISATION AND FOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANCY IN BRUSSELS. IN HER FREE TIME SHE VOLUNTEERS WITH A LITERACY CHARITY AND HAS SUPPORTED AN INITIATIVE WORKING WITH REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS.

“I am proud to be part of an organisation that reframes the narrative and puts young people at the heart of everything they do. We need organisations like FBB that challenge the current system and support young people to succeed in life. I’m excited to be part of FBB’s impact journey, and for everything I have to learn from the inspiring individuals that are part of this family.”

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Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner (London)

Tom Perez

TOM PEREZ OTHERWISE KNOWN AS “PEZ” WAS HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR 3 YEARS IN ITS FOUNDING STAGE, BUILDING THE BRAND FROM SCRATCH. HE HAS A DEGREE IN SOCIAL AND POLITICAL SCIENCES FROM CAMBRIDGE AND IS AN FA LEVEL 2 COACH. HE IS CURRENTLY TRAINING AS A LEVEL 2 BACP COUNSELLOR AND WORKS AS A YOUTH THERAPIST FOR FBB. IN HIS SPARE TIME, HE IS A PASSIONATE STORYTELLER AND FILMMAKER, AND ENJOYS DOCUMENTING THE GROWTH OF POWERFUL COMMUNITY PROJECTS. 

“Football has been hugely important to my life, helping me to make friends and break down borders whilst growing up in Zimbabwe and then moving between the UK and Spain, where my parents live. I’ve been so lucky to meet so many positive people through football and it’s had such a positive impact on my life. Now through FBB, we’re able to amplify that kind of impact so that young people across the country can benefit from it too. I’m delighted to be back working at FBB as a therapist and using my own experiences of mental health issues to be able to support young people who are at risk of exclusion. FBB’s growth over the last 5 years has been epic – I hope that in the next 5 years we can do even more amazing things and turn FBB into a national movement that champions and elevates the young people of today!”

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Project Lead (London)

Ciara Monahon

CIARA JOINED FBB IN SEPTEMBER 2019. BEFORE JOINING, CIARA WAS A FOOTBALL COACH FOR VARIOUS NORTH LONDON CLUBS. WHEN SHE ISN’T COACHING, SHE IS PLAYING, AND IS CURRENTLY CLUB CAPTAIN AT CLAPTON COMMUNITY FOOTBALL CLUB.

“I joined FBB because I believe that your life should be purposeful and FBB is a charity that does incredible and important work to bring opportunity and support to young people to reach their potential. I am really proud to be apart of the FBB family, its work that challanges and inspires and has meaningful and long lasting impact on the lives of young people.” 

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Comms Manager & Content Creation Lead

Kelvyn Quagraine

KELVYN JOINED FBB FROM COPA 90 IN APRIL. DURING HIS TIME WITH COPA 90 HE WORKED AS A COMMUNITY MANAGER, AS WELL AS PRESENTING ON THEIR PLATFORM. WHILST AT UNIVERSITY, KELVYN SET UP AN AWARD-WINNING FBB STUDENT SOCIETY WHICH HELPED TO GROW FBB’S REACH AND IMPACT.  IN HIS SPARE TIME HE LIKES TO COVER FOOTBALL GAMES FOR DULWICH HAMLET FC AND PLAY FOOTBALL. 

“My first involvement with FBB started back in 2016 when I was supporting a youth organisation offering mentoring for young people wanting to progress to higher education. My relationship with FBB continued throughout University, and after graduating I volunteered for FBB before working at CentrePoint Sport and COPA90. During my time at COPA 90, I helped build a group of 6,000 creators around the world helping us to deliver the most captivating and informed stories within football from across the globe. Using my previous experiences, I aim to help build a social media strategy that champions the individual identities, voices, and brilliance of the young people we work with. Our content shines a light on football and education through an FBB youth lens and allows audiences to understand that the voices of tomorrow are ready to be heard today.“

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Project Lead (London)

KAINE SENKUMBA

KAINE IS A QUALIFIED COACH AND SPECIALISES IN WORKING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE WITH CHALLENGING BEHAVIOUR. IN HIS SPARE TIME HE ENJOYS CHILLING WITH HIS DAUGHTER AND FAMILY, PLAYING GAMES WITH HIS LITTLE BROTHER, EATING, AND READING TO FURTHER HIS KNOWLEDGE.

“I joined FBB because I saw a group of people that really want to make a difference. All I have ever wanted to do is to make a difference and give back to the youth of today. FBB gave me the platform and the best team I could have imagined to help me achieve this vision. Our job is so important because we give young people a voice. I am so proud of us as coaches and educators, we really go beyond for the young people. There are not many organisations like us out there that give young people the time and understanding that they need and deserve.”

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Project Lead (Northwest)

Nuh Hakim-Okomi

NUH GRADUATED FROM UCFB (UNIVERSITY CAMPUS OF FOOTBALL BUSINESS) AND IS A LEVEL 2 FOOTBALL COACH WITH EXTENSIVE COMMUNITY COACHING EXPERIENCE IN LIVERPOOL.

“FBB creates an environment, which feels like home not only for me but for the young people we work with. Coming from a diverse community and household, FBB stood out to me and seemed like the place I have been looking for over the years since graduating. The youth work we do at FBB pushes young people to be the BEST version of themselves. This is something I have never seen before, especially within education. Graduating from UCFB and coaching from a young age within my community in Toxteth in Liverpool, it has given me not only the skills to work with young people, but most of all the character traits to relate to them, understand them and really get on with them.” 

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Operations Manager

Viktorija Pociute

VIKTORIJA HAS A DEGREE IN MEDIA FROM BRIGHTON UNIVERSITY. SHE MANAGES OUR OFFICE AND YOUTH HUB IN SOUTH LONDON AND IS ALSO FBB’s IN-HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHER. IN HER SPARE TIME, SHE LIKES TO TAKE CANDID PHOTOS THAT CAPTURE AND PRESERVE PRECIOUS SECONDS OF RAW REALITY. SHE ALSO LOVES TO READ, WATCH BASKETBALL AND WRITE  POETRY.

“I joined FBB on January 3rd, 2018, a date I will never forget. It has been one of the most transformative and fulfilling experiences of my life to date. I joined FBB because I believe in the vision of a fair and inclusive society in which every young person feels confident in themselves and has equal chances to follow their passions, utilise their talents and live their best lives. Being a part of the FBB family has made me see the world in a different light and realise how much impact we can have on young people’s lives. Being surrounded by a team of such committed and caring people has reassured me about my own values in life and allowed me to grow both as a professional and a human being.”

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Head of Partnerships

Joe Watfa

JOE IS AN EXPERIENCED YOUTH WORKER, EDUCATOR, COACH AND RESEARCHER. JOE HAS A DEGREE FROM SOAS AND A MASTERS FROM LUND UNIVERSITY IN SWEDEN. IN HIS SPARE TIME HE ENJOYS BEING WITH FAMILY, AND GOING TO MUSIC EVENTS WITH HIS FRIENDS.

“My journey with FBB has been a long one, aged 18, I sat in a football changing room listening attentively about how we, a group of young footballers, could tap into the power of football to bring about positive change. The last 10 years have been a rollercoaster but a regular reminder about the transformative potential of football. The education system is not working for many young people and we have really lived out the mantra ‘be the change you want to see,’ focusing our methodology on creating the conditions necessary for young people to thrive. An approach focused on the strength of relationships and non-judgemental understanding, authentic and meaningful project work, positive role models and the development of 21st century skills. Our approach is unique, young-person centred and unapologetic, we believe in the unlimited potential of our young people and strive to help them become the best versions of themselves.”

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Co-Director

Jasper Kain

JASPER RECEIVED A FIRST CLASS HONOURS FROM SOAS UNIVERSITY. UPON GRADUATION HE CO-FOUNDED A DOCUMENTARY FILM COMPANY ALONGSIDE WORKING AS A COMMUNITY ORGANISER IN LONDON. HE FOUNDED FBB AS A CHARITY, OFF THE BACK OF RUNNING A SERIES OF YOUTH FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES IN SOUTH LONDON IN HIS SPARE TIME. HIS PASSION FOR COACHING AND YOUNG PEOPLE REMAINS BUT AS FBB HAS GROWN HIS ROLE HAS SHIFTED, FOCUSING ON FUNDRAISING AND THE EXTERNAL PROFILE OF THE ORGANISATION.

“Every young person wants to feel valued within a safe environment and FBB acts as a vehicle to achieve this through validating their self-worth. Given this support, young people can thrive and that is why I am as driven and passionate as ever to growing FBB to change national policy and support the lives of thousands of young people nationwide. We know that through creating meaningful and supportive relationships built on the principle of reciprocity; truly hearing and being heard; really seeing and being seen by other people, that young people fulfil their immense potential.”

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Part-Time Project Lead (London)

Lorenzo Saidi

LORENZO IS A GRADUATE OF THE FIRST FBB YOUTH MEDIA PROGRAMME. HE WORKED IN THE COMMS TEAM FOR A YEAR LEADING ON FBB’s 2018 VISUAL REBRAND AND IS NOW A THERAPEUTIC APPRENTICE IN THE DELIVERY TEAM. IN HIS FREE TIME, HE LIKES TO VOLUNTEER AT HIS LOCAL YOUTH CLUB. HE ALSO LIKES TO MAKE CREATIVE PROJECTS THAT BRING GRAPHIC DESIGN AND FILMMAKING TOGETHER TO TELL POWERFUL STORIES. 

“My FBB Journey started when I was 16. My work experience placement at FBB was the first time in my life where I found myself in an environment that I could truly express myself. After learning so much on the FBB Youth Voices programme, I began doing comms on a part-time basis for FBB in December 2017, and from the summer of 2018 I’ve been a full-time member of staff leading on our digital output and productions. Through working at my old school Lilian Baylis and leading on the third Youth Voices programme, I have realised that when young people are given the freedom to learn in their own capacity and a platform to display their talents, they can truly shine. This is what FBB has provided me for the past 3 years of my life, and now I’m eager to do the same for the next generation.”

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Grants and Community Manager (London)

JAMES REEVES

JAMES TRAINED ON THE CASE EUROPE TRAINEE PROGRAMME, A FUNDRAISING GRADUATE SCHEME FOR HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS. HE IS AN FA LEVEL 2 COACH CURRENTLY ON SABBATICAL UNTIL ROY HODGSON’S RETIREMENT. IN HIS SPARE TIME, JAMES LIKES TO WRITE POEMS, GO FOR WALKS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE AND PLAY FOOTBALL.

“I joined FBB in March 2019 from the Natural History Museum, after applying for a role in the previous year unsuccessfully. Despite that setback, I was determined to work at FBB because it is an organisation that makes a real, tangible difference to society. The organisation speaks to me on many different levels. It allows me to combine my love for football and fundraising and is an organisation that values human relationships above all else. Anyone who buys into our mission and ethos will understand that. We are a family first, and that’s why people want to work with us.”

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Co-Director

Jack Reynolds

JACK TRAINED ON THE CIVIL SERVICE FAST STREAM. HE HAS A FIRST-CLASS DEGREE FROM SOAS AND A MASTERS FROM OXFORD. HE IS CURRENTLY COMPLETING HIS THERAPEUTIC WELLBEING PRACTITIONER QUALIFICATION AT THE INSTITUTE OF ARTS AND THERAPY IN EDUCATION. IN HIS FREE TIME, HE ENJOYS PLAYING FOOTBALL, READING, DANCING, BEING WITH HIS WIFE KIRSTY, FRIENDS, AND FAMILY.

“I started FBB with a group of friends from a belief that there is nothing more important to young people than the creation of positive and trusting relationships. And there is nothing more powerful than the shared passion of football for creating meaningful connections upon which relationships thrive. Working across more than 50 schools with thousands of young people has only reinforced this initial belief. In a world of increasing isolation, distrust and loneliness, the work that our team does is more important than ever.”

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Lead Practitioner (North-West)

ANTAR ADAMS

ANTAR IS A QUALIFIED TEACHING ASSISTANT AND FA LEVEL 2 COACH. HE ALSO HAS A DEGREE FROM UCFB (UNIVERSITY CAMPUS OF FOOTBALL BUSINESS) AND RUNS THE FBB UNDER 14 FOOTBALL TEAM IN SOUTH LONDON AT THE WEEKENDS. IN HIS SPARE TIME, HE IS A FOOTBALL AND LIFE COACH TO YOUNG BOYS ACROSS SOUTH LONDON WHO HAVE MADE THE FIRST STEPS INTO PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL.

“I joined FBB because after working in a school for 3 years, I felt it was time for me to find a new opportunity to grow and gain new skills. FBB provided a great opportunity to combine my love of football and working with young people, and I knew that I would be able to serve a wider population. As a qualified teacher, and someone who has worked within the football industry, I have established various useful relationships within the football and education industries. Our work is so important because it is shaping a future generation and provides the opportunity to add value to the lives of the young people we work with.”

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Head of Interventions

Bruk Abdu

BRUK STARTED HIS FBB JOURNEY AS A VOLUNTEER IN 2014. HE IS QUALIFIED AS A LEVEL 2 BACP COUNSELLOR AND IS TRAINING TO BECOME A THERAPIST. IN HIS SPARE TIME, HE LOVES TO INDULGE IN EXPERIMENTAL COOKING. HE HASN’T YET FOUND THE PERFECT DISH, BUT HE’S WORKING ON IT!

“I joined FBB because it combined my passion for football with my interest in development. I grew up in South London and felt that FBB was a unique and innovative organisation that enabled me to contribute towards my community.. The work we do is vital. In the last decade we’ve witnessed increased university fees, a staggering increase in young people facing mental health and emotional wellbeing issues, and a lack of provision for young people across the boroughs of London. It’s important that we empower our young people and show them that society does care for their dreams, aspirations and development.”

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Curriculum Lead & Part-Time Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner (London)

STEFAN IMESON

STEFAN WORKED AS A SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHER FOR 7 YEARS BEFORE JOINING FBB AND IS A QUALIFIED FOOTBALL COACH AND COMMUNITY SPORTS LEADER. HE IS CURRENTLY WORKING TOWARDS BECOMING A THERAPIST. IN HIS SPARE TIME, HE LIKES TO DO YOGA, AND SPEND TIME WITH HIS WIFE AND LITTLE GIRL.

“I joined FBB in late 2018 having followed the organisation for some time. FBB’s work is so important because it uses football as a platform to engage young people who might otherwise find it hard to access learning; not just academically speaking, but the social, emotional and behavioural learning that is sadly overlooked in many educational institutions. Being youth-led, the starting point for much of FBB’s work in schools is to design engaging and exciting projects that play to young people’s passions and allow them to flourish in an environment that doesn’t feel constrained and pressured.”

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Project Lead (London)

Richard Demuro

RICHARD HAS A DEGREE IN SPORTS DEVELOPMENT & COACHING AND HAS WORKED IN BOTH PRIMARY & SECONDARY SCHOOLS. HE HAS RECENTLY COMPLETED HIS HIS UEFA B FOOTBALL COACHING QUALIFICATION. HE RUNS AN UNDER 18 FOOTBALL TEAM IN SOUTH LONDON AT THE WEEKEND IN HIS SPARE TIME HE WATCHES A LOT OF SPORT ON TV, OR IN A STADIUM. HE IS INSPIRED BY SEEING ATHLETES PERFORM AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL. HE ALSO LIKES SPENDING TIME WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHICH USUALLY INVOLVES EATING GOOD QUALITY FOOD!

“I joined FBB because of my passion to work with young people and combine the power of football and education. The work we do at FBB is so important to young people as we build genuine and trusting relationships that ensures their positive development within society. Young people have voiced their frustration in feeling undermined by adults and we ensure that they have adults in their lives that listen and appreciate them for who they are.”

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Head of People (London)

TIMI AKINYEMI

TIMI’S FBB JOURNEY BEGAN AS A PARTICIPANT AT OUR COMMUNITY TIMI JOINED FBB IN 2016 AND HIS JOURNEY HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING. FROM PLAYING FOOTBALL ON THE COMMUNITY PROGRAMMES AND BEING A VOLUNTEER, HE HAS PROGRESSED THROUGH THE ORGANISATION AND IS NOW PART OF THE SLT AT FOOTBALL BEYOND BORDERS AS THE ‘HEAD OF PEOPLE’. TIMI IS REALLY KEEN TO BRING EXCITEMENT, LOVE AND CARE TO THE WORKING CULTURE OF THE ORGANISATION. LONG LIVE TIMI. IN HIS SPARE TIME HE IS A YOUTUBE SENSATION. CHECK OUT THE TLK FAMILY PAGE.

I am extremely happy to be in an environment that encourages growth and learning all the time. The staff culture and people in it are phenomenal and I couldn’t imagine doing the role I do with any other group of people”

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Head of Impact & Female Participation

Ceylon Andi Hickman

CEYLON PREVIOUSLY WORKED AT THE FA, MANAGING THEIR WOMEN’S FOOTBALL APPRENTICE NATIONAL PROGRAMME. SHE WAS ALSO ACCESS & WIDENING PARTICIPATION OFFICER DURING HER TIME AT CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY. IN HER FREE TIME, SHE PLAYS FOOTBALL FOR DULWICH HAMLET WOMEN’S FC.

“FBB provides the perfect platform for me to combine my passions of education, football and working with young people. Coming from a family of educators, I was destined to end up in the education sector, but knew I didn’t want to work in a mainstream school. One of the best things about working for FBB is being surrounded by individuals who are hungry to learn everyday: from my colleagues and our dedicated network of volunteers, to the incredible young people on our programmes, everyone in the FBB Family positions continuous learning and education as integral to their identity.”

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