Towards the end of last year, six talented young participants from the FBB Schools programme were recognised by the Jack Petchey Foundation for their exemplary behaviour on and off the football pitch.
The Jack Petchey Foundation was created by Sir Jack Petchey to encourage young people across England to work hard and to motivate each young person to reach their full potential. Achievement awards are not centered solely around school; awards can be given to recognise those who have triumphed when faced with adversity or can highlight the exceptional actions of a team player.
A recipient of the Jack Petchey award receives a certificate, a pin badge and a book from Jack Petchey himself. They are also awarded £250 that goes towards their school or a community organisation of their choice.
We would like to highlight one of these outstanding young people for their remarkable resilience. Darneil Christopher, from the FBB Schools programme at Harris Aspire was recognised for his attitude in learning and his perseverance in school.
Darneil was placed in a completely new school, confronting new challenges with his learning. He underwent an amazing six week transformation, starting off seemingly tired and frustrated going to school, to becoming a regular and punctual attendee who didn’t shy away from difficult conversations with teachers to ensure he was putting his learning first.
As Darneil explained in his own words: “FBB helped me at a time when I first started at my new school. I didn’t like it because not everyone here was like me, behaviour wise, and I got really angry at one point but Bruk and Nancy (FBB Schools Project Leads) were there to talk to me and calm me down.”
Darneil has shown an exemplary attitude to learning, reducing his behaviour points massively and moving to the top set in English. His ability to exceed expectations and lead with real action is more than admirable.
Aside from Darneil Christopher, five other FBB young people were honored for their commendable behaviour. Their names are: Louie Proud from Totteridge; Hannah Bullard from Burlington Danes; Carl Haslam from Beckmead; Bradley Cloke from Kemnal and Akber Hussain from Walthamstow.
Awards like these can be so impactful on a child’s life. By highlighting the triumphs these astonishing young people have achieved, and sharing their stories, it challenges the often negative societal narratives around young people often promoted by the media. It also gives the young person a sense of pride and a motivation to continue with their hard work and progress.
Everyone at FBB is very proud to celebrate the successes of our young people!