CORINTHIANS IN THE COMMUNITY: Football Beyond Borders
On an muggy summer morning, a group of teenagers took to their local pitch, as they always do, situated in the middle of a large housing estate. Dropping all their worries along the touchline of the pitch, the students stepped onto the well kept green, to take part in their daily serving of The Beautiful Game. Within minutes, the game is in full swing, with the likes of the young Cerny and Marley replicating their Manchester United and Chelsea heroes.
Just a few yards from the exhibition on display, is the headquarters of Football Beyond Borders, an initiative to which all of these teenagers belong to. With their educational projects wrapping up this past week, Corinthian were invited to visit the Brixton based headquarters, to meet some of the people involved in the charity.
Football Beyond Borders are an education charity, using the power of football to help inspire young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve their goals. Based in Brixton, South London, the football themed project provides the local youth a chance to thrive in a learning environment, bringing together both an academic curriculum with a common love of The Beautiful Game. With over 320 participants across the program, the project continues to bring people together around a common focus.
FBB's mission is simple. To engage with young boys underachieving at school, with the belief that when engagement falls, behavioral issues go up. The program goes out to improve the life chances of disadvantaged boys who do not do well at school, helping them achieve their goals through a well-planned curriculum.
Created in 2009, during a conversation on the way home from a University football match, team Captain Jasper Kain challenged the group to travel to the Middle East to play football. The month-long tour that followed had a profound impact on many of the players. The potential of football to act as a tool to engage with a diverse range of issues and communities, from Iraqi refugees in Syria and the Kurds in Turkey, had been proven and had exceeded even the player’s expectations.
The team then followed up with trips to Turkey, Syria, Brazil, Finland, Germany and many more!
However, following the nearby London riots in 2011, the team switched their attention to the UK-centric operations they focus on today. Using the carrot of football to engage fellow lovers of The Beautiful Game, Football Beyond Borders imbues football into the heart of what they do, teaching new concepts and lessons through relatable scenarios.
Through this idea, the group this past Easter have created their in-house magazine, detailing the best that South London has to offer. The magazine, 'Oh So South', has created a welcoming platform for the area, promoting the Premier League stars born just around the corner from the center. With contributors including Chelsea's Tammy Abrahams, Arsenal's Reiss Nelson and Crystal Palace winger, Wilfried Zaha. The magazine has given the students the conditions to thrive in their learning, to which has served as a testament to the hard work of the program.
With clear excitement, we sat down with FBB students Cerny and Marley, to talk to them about their time in the program, as well as their testaments to the importance of the program.
And the students were no strangers to the idea of Sportsmanship, taking the story of the Corinthians as an inspiration to modern day football.
Keep up to date with all things South London, alongside side all the information you need to get involved in the program! The Football Beyond Borders website can be found, here.
Do you know someone who is a Corinthian in the Community? Let us know by email at Press@Corinthian1882.com!