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 attachments 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.