FBB Member, Youth Worker, Centre Midfielder
“Before FBB I would describe myself as quite a rough teenager, I was the first member in my family to go university and I had come from one of the worst schools in the UK where nearly everyone including myself were on free school meals. My first month at university was a world away from my normal social setting and I found it very difficult to integrate in such alien conditions. FBB was the first and only organisation I could affiliate with in my time at university.
My experience with FBB showed me that positive social change is possible and that anything is possible if the vision of a few university students from SOAS can go on to achieve what is now a remarkable success story that has helped empower many kids.”
Salim joined FBB aged 18 in his first year at SOAS University. Salim was the first member in his family to go to university and he had studied at one of the worst schools in the UK. He describes FBB as the only organisation which he could associate with and relate to during his time at university. Salim took part in the FBB tours to West Africa and Brazil. He graduated from university in 2012 and continues to volunteer on the FBB projects in London.
Salim’s first project with FBB I was involved with was a trip to Ghana in 2010. He describes this trip as giving him a platform to be part of a team that was trying to encourage positive social change through the worldwide medium of football. He describes the experience as hugely empowering as from the outset he felt that his voice was respected and for the first time he was given responsibilities such as research and fundraising duties. He still remembers the great sense of team spirit and cooperation which characterises the FBB international tours.
Salim remains involved with FBB and volunteers on our football and boxing projects in south London.