It was another big week for Football Beyond Borders (FBB) young students with the release of the official promotional videos for the OH SO SOUTH magazine. The minute long videos made by the young people each took a different take on the task, demonstrating the students’ impressive creative range and collaborative skills.
Team SJC focused on breaking down the negative perception of violence too often associated with South London. Taking note of this, the video showcases the area’s diversity and impact on the Premier League with hard-hitting facts to this effect.
Similarly, Team EG 1 begin their video with a visual of the same negative representation associated with the area – as sirens colour the screen the voice of a reporter confirms another stabbing Croydon. The video then cuts to 3 young people playing football in a local pitch, as one of them plays a one-two and runs to finish in style like another well known South Londoner, Wilfred Zaha.
Team EG 2’s video starts with the quintessential shot of South London – Brixton Station. As a man wanders around lost and asks where he is, passers-by come to let him know that he is in South London – handing him the foreigners guide to the area, OH SO SOUTH magazine.
The making of the promotional videos along with the production of the magazine itself are part of the Holiday Camp programme FBB’s young students have been engaging in. Projects like these are a core part of FBB’s educational curriculum which focuses on challenging the students to solve real-world problems over an extended period of time. The students also spend time with industry experts and take part in workshops to get insights and guidance. For this current project, the students spent time with the makers of makers of FourFourTwo magazine, a leading football publication, to get behind the scenes look into the world of publishing and marketing.
Speaking about the Project Based Learning (PBL) approach FBB’s Head of Delivery Joseph Watfa said: “We make sure to create fun projects that put students at the heart of the learning experience while encouraging depth and creativity.
Through these sessions the young people are able to make meaningful connections between academic concepts and real-world situations while developing key ‘ 21st-century work-ready skills’ such as problem-solving and written and verbal communication.” He added: “I think the incredible standard of the videos and the magazine itself is a testament to the value of this kind of pedagogical approach to education”.
Senior Practitioner Bruk Abdu, who helped the students edit and put their final videos together, reflected: “It is amazing to witness the development and growth of their idea over this period of time. Seeing the sense of achievement that the young people felt having seen their ideas come to life and be celebrated across social media is great. It shows that there is huge scope to bring in creativity and digital social media into the educational process in a meaningful and substantial way.”
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