FBB's staff team 2021

Who we are

We exist to change the lives of young people. There are thousands of young people who are passionate about football but are not fulfilling their potential at school.

our mission

FBB works with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who are disengaged at school, helping them finish school with the skills and grades to make a successful transition into adulthood. We do this by providing long-term, intensive support, built around relationships and young people’s passions, in the classroom and beyond.

FBB students support each other in the classroom

Testimonial

“FBB has helped me take a more positive approach towards school. It has broadened my horizons and supported me to approach new situations so I am always the best version of me and can stop getting into trouble.”

Daniel, Ex participant, Elmgreen

Our Team

Emma Mackie

Educational Assistant

Tom Parry

Project Lead

Yolanda Smith

Project Lead

Rhea Gall

Educational Assistant

Nyakeh Gbassah

Junior Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner

Matt Pywowar

Head of Fundraising

Lance O'Meara

Individual Giving Lead

Mustapha Dumbuya

Educational Assistant

Khaoula Bouharrat

Communications Manager

Jeremie Tchibo

Project Lead

Ciaran Baxendale

Educational Assistant

Debra Nelson

Educational Assistant

Charlie Goodson

Educational Assistant

Harriet Farnham

Curriculum Lead

Caitlin Clark

Pathways Coordinator

Alasdair Cullen

Production Manager

Viktorija Pociute

Operations Manager

Jerry Nicholson

Finance Lead

Timi Akinyemi

Head of People

Jack Reynolds

CO-CEO

Lorenzo Saidi

Curriculum Lead

Stefan Imeson

Reflective Practice Lead

Chidi Emerewu

Data & Systems Lead

Gabrielle Hamill

Acting Head of Impact

Michael Welch

Project Lead

Roya Mehdizadeh-Valoujerdy

Project Lead

Sam Hulme

Project Lead

Aramide Okekunle

Project Lead

Sam Russell

Senior Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner

Colin Okirie

Project Lead

Ciara Monahan

School Project Manager

Pedro Correia

School Project Manager

Antar Adams

Acting Head of Greater Manchester

Tom Bateman

Acting Director of Programmes

Safia El Dabi

Senior Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner

Krishna Ellesworth

Senior Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner

Bruk Abdu

Head of Interventions

Jasper Kain

CO-CEO

Joe Watfa

Head of Policy

James Reeves

Senior Grants Manager

Kelvyn Quagraine

Partnerships Lead

Ceylon Andi Hickman

Head of Brand

Our patrons

Chris Smalling became our patron in February 2019. He relates to our mission through his own journey. He lost his father when he was 5 and was brought up in a single parent family. He has a real passion for helping young people achieve their potential and values the power of education to support them. He has been integral in supporting our expansion to the North West of England.
John McAvoy received a life sentence for armed robbery and was sent to Belmarsh Prison. He used sport to turn his life around in prison, breaking a World Record for rowing whilst in the prison gym. He has since gone on to become a professional Iron-Man triathlete. However, it is his devotion to using his life lessons to inspire young people not to make the same mistakes that he did that draws him to FBB. He provides regular guidance to our participants.
Troy Townsend is the Education Manager for the organisation Kick it Out. He leads on their Equality Inspires Programme in partnership with the Premier League. He also leads on Kick It Out’s successful Raise Your Game series, which looks to address gaps in representation across all areas of the game, through mentoring events. He is one of the leading voices in the country, challenging the injustices that continue to exist within grassroots football.
Chris Smalling became our patron in February 2019. He relates to our mission through his own journey. He lost his father when he was 5 and was brought up in a single parent family. He has a real passion for helping young people achieve their potential and values the power of education to support them. He has been integral in supporting our expansion to the North West of England.
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John McAvoy received a life sentence for armed robbery and was sent to Belmarsh Prison. He used sport to turn his life around in prison, breaking a World Record for rowing whilst in the prison gym. He has since gone on to become a professional Iron-Man triathlete. However, it is his devotion to using his life lessons to inspire young people not to make the same mistakes that he did that draws him to FBB. He provides regular guidance to our participants.
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Troy Townsend is the Education Manager for the organisation Kick it Out. He leads on their Equality Inspires Programme in partnership with the Premier League. He also leads on Kick It Out’s successful Raise Your Game series, which looks to address gaps in representation across all areas of the game, through mentoring events. He is one of the leading voices in the country, challenging the injustices that continue to exist within grassroots football.
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Corporate partners

our history

The journey began in a common room at a university in London. The university football captain Jasper Kain asked his teammates to embark on a summer football tour with a difference.

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FBB's history

Our Board of Trustees

Keme Nzerem

Presenter & Journalist for Channel 4 and ITV News

Nicola Crossley

Director of Inclusion & Safeguarding, Astrea Academy Trust

Ian Gethin

Treasurer & Partner at GED Consulting LLP

Barak Ngoma

Youth Trustee

Matt Stevenson-Dodd

Chair & Founder and Managing Director of Trust Impact

Zoya Wallington

Freelance Impact Expert

Richard Wheeler

Head of Android Growth & Monetisation, Google
Two female Football Beyond Borders participants in South London
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