What we've been up to this month:

The last couple of months have seen FBB grow even further. We have just delivered a number of rewarding annual trips to Woodrow High House for more than 150 of our participants to congratulate them for their hard work over the academic year. This year, we embarked on our first ever girls tour, which was a huge success and came after an extremely rewarding couple of months for the girls programme generally.
 
England’s success in women’s football is finally permeating itself into mainstream culture, with big screens at Glastonbury Festival and in Battersea Park being set up to enable people to engage with the women’s game. FBB have been on a mission to platform the voices of girls in London and provide them with the skills to tell the stories of women from around the world. Through an eight week educational project, the girls aged 11-16 began by researching historical and contemporary women from their chosen nation and writing short form pieces about the women who inspired them the most.

They uncovered the stories of women residing in London, such as Capital Radio presenter Vick Hope, with a connection to the competing nations. The project culminated in a series of films interviewing these women. We celebrated the girls and women changing the game in their communities, football and society through interviews shot, edited and produced by young people.

This coincided with an exhibition to celebrate their work with nearly 200 guests and young people in the NIKE 1948 Community Space, where we also launched a magazine, and had a youth-led panel discussion which saw the girls outline their manifesto for change calling for gender and racial equality. The project was covered by both Channel 4 and Channel 5 on their primetime news programmes.
 
One of the standout participants throughout the project was Shahad, a Year 9 girl from the Elmgreen School in Tulse Hill. The graphic above was one of the main features of the exhibition and this shot became the front cover of the magazine. Shahad is someone had stopped playing football as a teenager before FBB going along and her parents initially prevented her from joining the programme because they deemed football to be a male sport. After extensive conversations about the educational component of FBB, they agreed for her to join and her improvement in school has been notable.