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FBB was started from the ground up by a group of friends based in London. 

After the London riots, there was a realisation amongst us that young people did not have the opportunities or agency to shape their future in a positive manner. With football being our common love we wondered whether it could be an effective vehicle to tackle this. 

We started running youth football sessions in a range of settings (both in school and community outreach sessions) in South London. We quickly realised that there was real appetite for our work. However, we soon established that we could make maximum impact through working with schools to engage younger children, in their early teens. As this was allowing us to prevent negative behaviour as opposed to looking for a cure.

In 2015 one of our former participants lost his brother to gun violence on the Angell Town estate in Brixton. There was a lot of grief and anger amongst the group and a sense that they wanted a safe place to play football on the estate. We supported them to create a campaign which culminated in the group receiving funding to create a 4G football pitch at the heart of their community.

In 2018 we took over a disused shop which was next to the pitch in Angell Town and renovated the space into a youth centre and office space.

Timeline 

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2012

August – First football community session in Camberwell, South London.

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2014

February – First FBB schools session at Archbishop Lanfranc in Croydon, South London.

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2014

July – Registered as a charity.

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2015

April – Fundraising dinner with Arsenal player Santi Cazorla and journalist Guillem Balague.

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2015

September – FBB Launches in 5 schools delivering to 75 participants.

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2016

January – Youth-led community pitch campaign secured Evening Standard funding for new pitch to be laid in Angell Town, Brixton.

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2016

FBB schools programme launched in 14 schools with 210 participants.

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2017

August – First ever FBB summer school, creating the magazine ‘Oh So South’.

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2017

September – FBB programme delivered in 22 schools, delivering to 330 participants.

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2017

August – Selected as one of the 3 TeachFirst National Intervention Partners for delivering effective behaviour interventions.

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2018

May FBB moves into its new Youth Hub located in Angell Town.

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2018

July – FBB launches its City of Nations educational programme in partnership with Nike.

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2018

September – FBB programme delivered in 40 schools, delivering to 550 participants.

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2019

Feb – Launches in the North West of England in 7 schools.

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2019

April – FBB hosts fundraising dinner with patron Chris Smalling and Manchester United teammates.