Create a network of young change-makers in London using football and film

by London Football Journeys

About the project


Tipping Point £2,000
2nd Milestone £5,000
3rd Milestone £10,000
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
Many young people are disengaged from the community they live in and hold negative misconceptions of other areas and communities in London.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
LFJ held consultation sessions with young people to explore their thoughts and feelings on visiting and meeting young people from other areas in London. 80% of the young people said they are fearful or apprehensive to go to other areas in London. 90% of participants said they would want to learn about and visit different communities in London if they had the chance. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation publication: “Young people and territoriality in British cities” (October 2008) outlines the issues of territoriality in six British cities. “Territoriality had a negative impact on young people’s access to education, leisure and relationships.“
What is your solution?
To bring young people (ages 12-14) from different communities in London together, through football and video to facilitate engagement, leadership, and integration. Participants will discover more about themselves, learn the value of their culture and that of others by engaging with their peers in other communities and building practical skills to develop their future potential pathways in life. In this way LFJ seeks to promote mutual insights across ethnic and faith divides, tackle specific community challenges and build networks of friendship and learning.
How will you deliver this?
The project starts with a series of workshops using video as a tool to open up new channels of communication and to bring the two groups together in a way that is empowering and non-confrontational. The groups will explore their own identity and community and create a short introductory video to be screened to the other group. The video workshops will be followed by the groups playing in two “Home & Away” football exchanges in their respective communities. The exchanges will be led by professional football coaches focusing on the importance of leadership, co-operation and team-work. Follow up activities after the exchanges will take place to develop relations between the two groups and connect them with further youth groups around London.

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Tell one person about LFJ and why you would support us.
  • 5 minutes
    Tell two people about LFJ and why you would support us.
  • 15 minutes
    Tell four people about LFJ and why you would support us.
  • 30 minutes
    Connect us with young people or youth groups (ages 12-14) you think might want to take part in LFJ.
  • A few hours
    Hold a fundraising event for LFJ. This, for example, could be a dinner: [1] invite your friends round [2] cook something sumptuous and [3] ask them to donate a small or preferably large amount to LFJ! Simple really.
  • Regular time commitment
    Come and help the LFJ team organise the football exchanges, mentor young people and support them to make the change they want to see.

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daryll 02 April 2012 - 17:25

great idea my good sir - cant wait to get back in June and join in! *(;

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

Our vision is a world where people from different cultures, religions and nationalities, collaborate to overcome the world’s challenges. LFJ works to facilitate understanding and learning between young people from different communities and support them in developing their pathways in life. We help people from different communities in London who are at risk of being marginalised and who come from families living under the poverty line.

Geographical coverage

Within a city/shire