“Journalism is all about asking questions,” says Sky Sports journalist and Football Beyond Borders patron Guillem Balague. Well, FBB’s very own budding journalist Rashad proved he knows all the right things to ask when he met now Valencia manager Gary Neville – almost grabbing the inside scoop on what turned out to be one of the biggest stories of the year.
FBB Schools participant Rashad, 13, got the chance to interview Neville for FBB TV at our fundraiser event at Cafe Football on November 26, and sensed a story that not even the biggest newspapers saw coming, asking: “What’s your next move in coaching?”
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(WATCH FULL INTERVIEW ON FBB TV at 4pm 04.12.2015)
The former Manchester United captain, Roy Hodgson’s No. 2 and all round football expert admitted no-one knows where the next job will be, and – just days later – it turned out his would be a first taste of Spanish football.
Neville was at the event to debate the different issues in Spain and England’s football cultures with our patron, and La Liga expert, Guillem Balague – all in aid of fundraising to help more young people have the chance to become involved in FBB’s innovative education programmes.
Archbishop Lanfranc Academy pupil Rashad was able to interview the former England international as part of FBB’s Schools programme. Teaming up with FBB education partner’s Spiral for the #FootballFutures campaign, we’re trying to reduce unemployment for young people by introducing the range of career paths available in the beautiful game – and giving them real life work experience of them.
Pupils receive football-inspired literacy sessions specifically targeting vocational goals, before heading out onto the pitch to improve their football skills with FBB’s coaching sessions.
Rashad, who is now already well on the way to fulfilling his ambition of being a presenter, seized his opportunity to meet and interview one of the biggest names in football – and with questions like ‘Etihad or Anfield?’ he wasn’t letting Neville off easily.
“It felt amazing,” said Rashad. “It was an honour to meet someone who is an icon to so many people and the fact that I’ve had a proper conversation with him – it’s absolutely amazing!”
The young student has already interviewed Arsenal hero Santi Cazorla, BBC journalist Leon Mann and Balague, and feels the experience of testing himself with real industry professionals is helping him get better and better – acknowledging the work of Spiral and FBB in preparing him for such occasions.
“They come in and tell us about football jobs and what you can do in the future,” he added.
“For lots of people, if they don’t make it as a footballer, they don’t have a second plan, so it helps us massively.
“We learn about careers like being an agent, football lawyer – jobs you wouldn’t think of.”
Rashad received high praise for his interview with Balague calling him “brilliant”, and the Revista de La Liga analyst encouraged more to follow in Rashad’s steps – with our YouTube channel FBB TV providing the perfect outlet for football journalism.
He said: “What FBB gives you is the platform, and once you have that platform you have to go after it, always thinking ‘I can do this’.”