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Football Beyond Borders (FBB) are one of the leading education charities in the UK who use football as an engagement tool to provide young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with the opportunity to achieve their goals. They do this through a football themed, literacy curriculum which puts a young person’s passion for football at the heart of their education. They work with young people who have been identified as having poor behaviour for learning, low literacy and engagement at school. They work in schools with over 350 young people each week developing their leadership, teamwork and resilience.
What we do
FBB supports young people who are passionate about football but disengaged at school, in order to help them finish school with the skills and grades to make a successful transition into adulthood. We do this by providing long-term, intensive support, built around relationships and young people’s passions, in the classroom and beyond. We are an asset-based organisation with a view that all our interventions must build from a young person’s strengths and passions. We are commissioned by schools to support students who are at risk of exclusion to re-engage with learning and develop positive relationships with peers and adults.
We currently work with 1,000 Key Stage 3 students across 45 mainstream and Alternative Provision schools in London, Essex and Greater Manchester. The vast majority of our students are contending with multiple adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and demonstrate insecure attachment behaviours. In keeping with national trends, students eligible for Free School Meals, students with SEMH, and students from Black Caribbean and White British low income families are disproportionately represented amongst our participants.
What we believe
We believe real change can only be sustained through an embedded and holistic approach to our young people’s development. We work to become deeply embedded in the lives of our participants and in the communities we are based in. We do this through working with our participants both in their schools and through our community based evening and holiday programmes. This integrated approach is supported through intensive parental and teacher engagement achieved through parents’ evenings, teacher showcases and weekly text and phone updates.
Football Beyond Borders is currently engaged with a range of Corporate Partners, including:
• Mishcon de Reya