A special edition of the limited edition founders tee designed by global fashion label, Blood Brother, creative director Nick Biela.
We originally printed 50 of these as part of our own crowd funder but have had so many requests for more that we believe this is a special enough reason to produce more.
Football Beyond Borders works with over 400 young people in schools in London for 38 weeks in the calendar year. Unfortunately, during the holiday period, we have noticed a series of negative trends in the well being of the young people we work with. Namely due to a lack of safety, lack of physical activities, poor nutritional diet and literacy lag due to a lack of reading. We intend to change this.
My name is Steve and I am chairman of Altis FC, we are all about Football with Purpose. We partnered with FBB last season and have raised over £3500 for them across the year. We have raised over £1000 to this campaign already through our 7aside summer tournament, and we had an idea that means we can raise more.
FBB know the impact of our work is powerful but school and social exclusion are on the rise, bringing with it a severe lack of engaging and stimulating opportunities, as well as increased violence on our streets.
Reports show that at least £39m has been cut from council youth services over the last seven years. Sadly, as a result, there has been an erosion of youth clubs and provisions for young people in communities that need it most.
This has led to a growth in the number of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds being marginalised, stigmatised, suffering a reduction in their confidence and self-esteem, and most heartbreakingly, a sense of hopelessness for their future. In our wonderful city, young people have been left bereft of spaces to call their own.
In January, FBB confirmed the lease on a building in the Angell Town Estate, Brixton. This is a tightly knit community where we have a track record of working with young people. FBB deliver weekly sessions at the primary school on the estate and ran a campaign to secure over £40k in investment to renovate the football pitch in 2015-16.
FBB have just completed the essential and basic building work on the site to get it up and running. It's really exciting to be here and I've watched as the space has gone through an amazing conversion (I no longer feel like wretching from the smell). We now need to turn it into a space young people can use!
The new site will enable us to offer the following for young people...
Easter and Summer Holiday schemes for up to 200 young people annually to address the dual problems of ‘holiday hunger’ and holiday ‘learning deficit’ faced by many young people from low-income families.
An FBB Youth Leadership programme to meet fortnightly - 15 young people selected from our partner schools will meet to deliver a social action project, thereby making a positive contribution to the community whilst developing transferable skills essential for employment. Weekly football sessions for up to 50 young people.
One weekday evening to provide a youth club venue for up to 50 young people.
In the first image below, you can see the condition of the site when we arrived (not pretty to say the least), and in the second image you can see the fruits of our labour so far. However, it is an empty space with basic white walls, desks and chairs. The third image has been designed to give you an window into our vision for the future, highlighting the growing potential and possibilities the space holds.
FBB need to raise £15.887.60 to get the site fit for purpose with essential equipment to create an innovative, transformative learning hub.
They are close, and Altis FC hope purchasing one of our Saturday is for football tees, will help get them over the line.
Thank you so much for your support! Together, we can transform young people's opportunities, mend some of the ruptures in our society and fund a truly inclusive future.
Football Beyond Borders (FBB) is a charity that uses football as a catalyst for creating change in the attitude, performance, and aspirations of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. We work in partnership with local schools to deliver our own innovative football-themed curriculum to re-engage young people in their learning.
FBB #FUNDTHEFUTURE campaign started at 11:12 AM, 12th June BST and will end at 11:12 AM, 17th July BST.
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