We were awarded the Inspiring Project Award for our work with our Youth Leadership Team, whom we have supported to lead their own campaign to improve local football facilities in South London.
The youth-led nature of the project gained special recognition, with the target, tactics and strategy of the campaign all decided democratically by the young people aged 14-21.
Along the way they have produced a campaign film, recorded a campaign song, gained local press coverage, gathered over 1,000 petition signatures and met with their local MP and councillors.
The Youth On Board Awards are an exclusively youth-led rolling award scheme that recognises innovative and exciting youth participation, both from young people and the projects and organisations that support them.
Mark Murray, aged 21, FBB Youth Leader, said: “I’m so honoured that we won the award! We worked really hard on this project and I feel we have learned that if we try we can really make a difference in our community. To us this award is a sign that we should never stop striving for change and it will definitely be a morale boost to help make the impossible seem probable.”
Joel Sharples, FBB Head of Campaigns, said: “We’re all delighted that the Football Beyond Borders Youth Leadership Team’s hard work and passion has been recognised by the British Youth Council. For me it’s been so exciting to see what the group has achieved in such a short space of time. We hope we’ve proved that football can be an incredible force for good in society and that innovative projects such as these can spark a passion for campaigning to change the world for the better.”
You can watch a short film about the campaign on FBB TV below: