This month FBB participants from the Elmgreen School and Chestnut Grove academy had an unforgettable experience presenting their work to the English Football Association (FA) media team at Wembley.
Since the beginning of 2018, we have been partnering with the FA on a joint project exploring the topic of whether ‘there is more to football than just football?’. This included FBB participants attending the FA Cup 5th Round match between Chelsea and Hull where they conducted Vox Pop style interviews with fans and honed their creative video talents.
The project culminated with five FBB youth teams presenting their projects at Wembley overlooking the pitch to a panel of judges from the FA. The FA TV Video Producer, Alexander Brown, who has played a crucial role in supporting the project, gave a pep talk to the young people “It’s like England players, you train, train, train before getting on the green grass to play on the pitch at Wembley. You have practiced for this and today is your day to shine.”
Each group submitted a video, letter and oral presentation in which their ideas and knowledge shone through. As one of the judges joked, “Every single one of you presented incredibly professionally and could take my job tomorrow!” The winning group were from the FBB Chestnut Grove Academy year 9 team who impressed with their insightful presentations which championed the role football can play in enriching people’s lives beyond playing the game. They chose to focus on football as a force for peace before championing the need for greater equality between the women’s and men’s game.
Sara Allison, Head of FA Senior Editorial, commented on the team having “good reflections on what football is about: mentioning things like respect, hard work, a sense of belonging and team work. It was great seeing these ideas coming through.”
The winners couldn’t hide the excitement, emphasising how grateful they were for this experience. “We feel amazing! I can’t believe we’ve done this! We’ve worked so hard and we achieved the outcome we’ve all been waiting for.” said FBB participant Archie Alvarez.
Thanks to the FA, all the young people who participated will attend the England vs Italy match at Wembley to watch the match. There is a special opportunity for the winning team when they join the FA TV team to cover photography, social media, press and videography of the game to millions of fans!
Jasper Kain, Director of Football Beyond Borders, said “It has been an amazing learning experience for our young people. They have been inspired by the project and the opportunity to develop their media skills in a meaningful manner. It was uplifting to hear the message of their presentations which aligns with the FA’s For All strategy that football is a powerful game for all. In addition to this, the opportunity for some of our young people to join the FA TV team and report on an international football match in front of 80,000 fans and millions more at home is a dream for any budding 15 year old journalists!”
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