London Football Journeys
Halema Hussain sounds like a confident, articulate young woman. But she didnʼt used to be that way. Until last October, the 15-year-old was wary of talking to strangers and was reluctant to travel beyond the streets of Wembley, her home. She wouldnʼt use public transport and often felt unsafe.
A lot of London teenagers feel the same way. As a 2012 report on education commissioned by the Mayor of London found, too many young people in the capital – especially those from less privileged backgrounds – are strangers to their home town.
“Whether they find it too difficult to travel, or feel intimidated about leaving their neighbourhood, young people can sometimes miss out on the rich experiences that London offers,” the report said.
Things changed for Halema when she got involved with London Football Journeys, a project that uses football as a way of bringing people from
different communities together – including those who, like Halema, are not actually that interested in the game.
The unique part of London Football Journeys is not the football, but the way the project uses video, explains Alex Baine, who founded the project in 2012, after two years working with a Mumbai project that used football to help slum kids learn life skills and find a way into education.Click here to view full story >