Football Beyond Borders Aug 18 What we've been up to this month: August was a very special and significant month in our timeline - for two weeks we ran two summer schools, one in North and one in South London. Our young people were exposed to a range of different fields and environments and had unforgettable experience learning, meeting new people, building strong friendships and growing both as individuals and team. Here at FBB, we always emphasize how important it is to expose young people to different environments and introduce them to different career paths, as we seek to prepare them for their future journeys. This time, we took our participants to experience a range of football media platforms such as COPA90 and Rising Ballers as well as organised Volunteering event with JP Morgan, where they got a chance to learn the art of deal making from the experts of the field. We also celebrated Kick it Out's 25th anniversary and had their Head Of Education and our Patron Troy Townsend share his story and experiences with our young people, leaving them impressed and inspired. Of course FBB Summer School did not forget those participants who are keen on becoming professional footballers either: we were lucky enough to be invited to visit the QPR academy! Here our young people got the chance to both see firsthand what academy footballers have to go through, the challenges they face and the the work they have to put in to become professional as well as speak to coaches at the club who provided insights into the professional game. For a number of FBB participants, this summer will be one to remember: filled with opportunities to learn, grow, express themselves and build strong friendships. Our young leader, 14 year old Cerny, found this provision especially important. Having been a part of FBB Schools programme and already having taken part in a number of projects, including featuring in the City of Nations photography, videography and magazine series, he seized this chance to learn, grow and develop as a student, footballer and a human being. Cerny never stopped putting himself forward to ask questions, seek advise and learn from experiences from the professionals, be it football academy or media. Being an aspiring footballer himself, he did not hesitate to initiate discussions with QPR academy coaches and players as well as asked advice from the likes of ex-England national team player Les Ferdinand. Cerny is a figure of example, a leader with inherent wish to learn, grow and help those around him grow with him.