Football Beyond Borders Apr 18 Timi's story: from FBB participant to project lead 'Football to many is an outlet and a route of escapism from hostile environments. As a south London youth myself I've benefited immensely from the work, time and effort shown by FBB.' -Timi Fernandez. Timi first came to FBB as a teenager, taking part in the Wanderers youth football programme. He displayed his own initiative to get involved and eventually joined the FBB family as a staff member. His dedication and mentoring skills lead to a rapid rise in his FBB career progression. At the age of 21, Timi is a Senior Practitioner, currently working across 7 different schools, managing 5 of the FBB projects as well as being in charge of all secondary school tournaments. He contributes to the fundraising side of organisation, managing FBB’s involvement in the Jack Petchey award scheme.For Timi, FBB provides a platform to combine his love for football and desire to work with young people, empowering them and helping them to improve. He sees football as a tool for educational engagement, enabling those hard to reach to develop invaluable social skills, including leadership, teamwork and resilience.Timi’s story is the perfect representation of what Football Beyond Borders is about. Ambition, opportunities and providing the necessary role models to succeed.