Our FBB Girls programme exists to support girls at school with their journey through adolescence, introduce them to the beautiful game and provide them with a platform to express themselves creatively in the classroom and on the pitch. The programme follows the same model as the boys programme and sits within the FBB Schools banner, but in keeping with our principle of placing a young person’s interests at the heart of their learning, is not limited to a football-themed curriculum and instead covers topics of music, mental health, social action, youth culture and many more.
Our work with girls starts by looking at the self. We work on our social and emotional competencies through value-based learning schemes of work, developing emotional regulation skills and becoming more aware of our thoughts, feelings and actions. We then turn to supporting girls with their interpersonal relationships, with the aim of improving group dynamics, raising aspirations and encouraging girls to support one another to fulfil their potential. Once girls feel empowered and a positive group dynamic has been established, we work with the girls to address questions around identity, youth issues and their place in society. We provide the girls with life-changing opportunities outside of the classroom through our work with partner organisations, empowering them to take up space and make their voices heard.
HOW IT WORKS
The FBB Girls programme is a long term (minimum one year) intervention delivered in partnership with secondary schools across London. The programme is delivered to groups of up to 18 students, with the ideal age group being Year 7 and 8. It entails weekly two-hour sessions divided between one hour in the classroom and one hour on the football pitch. We also advocate for the involvement of older female students (often Year 11s or 12s) who play a vital role in the girls’ lives as relatable role models who the girls can seek support and guidance from throughout.
On the pitch, we deliver a beginner-girl centred football coaching methodology based on The Football Association’s SMILES principle. We believe a footballing environment should be fun, friendly and safe for beginner girls to try football for the first time.
A full year programme consists of:
- 38 hours of term time football-themed, project based classroom learning sessions divided into five x eight week modules with a public showcase at the end of each module
- 38 hours of beginner girl-centred football coaching focused on the development of the social and emotional competences or our participants
- Weekly One to one ‘Football Therapy’, delivered by BACP qualified counsellors, to provide safe spaces for young people to process their experiences
- 3 parents’ evenings to ensure we are embedded in the life of our partner schools
- 6 remarkable reward visits built around exciting trips and events involving inspiring women from the world of football and media
- 5 weeks of full time educational holiday programmes
We are committed to delivering long-lasting impact for young people. Our programme has been designed to ensure young people are supported to achieve the outcomes of passing GCSE English and Maths, and developing the social and emotional skills to successfully transition to adulthood.
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We work with the biggest and best football, sportswear, tech, and lifestyle brands in the country. This enables us to provide remarkable rewards and transformational learning experiences as part of our core offer to schools. We have worked with partners such as The FA, Nike, Gillette, Four Four Two, USM, Apple, Salesforce, BT Sport, and Football Radar.