Check out our inspirational Ambassadors! Helping LFJ to reach more young people, building understanding between communities and gaining skills to realise their potential.
I’m from Wembley in North West London. I have been part of the LFJ since 2016 and I am so proud to be an Ambassador. I believe it is important to bring communities together and if everyone works together as a team we can help stop stereotypes and crimes. As an Ambassador I really enjoy exciting activities and opportunities we get to have. For example, we go to football games with amazing seats, have tours around Wembley Stadium and complete leadership qualifications. We met students from different schools and spoke with them and with the public. This helped me improve my speaking and confidence as before I used to be quite nervous to speak or say my ideas. I have already completed my Level 1 OCN qualification and I will soon recieve a Level 2 qualification which is really important to me. I can show this at interviews for sixth forms and future jobs to help me have a better chance of being accepted.
Being one of the first Ambassadors to join LFJ in 2012, I have had the opportunity to gain new skills and experiences through working with young people all over London. I am creative with my ideas and have a wide range of knowledge and approaches to help make a future for young people where they can associate positively with each other under the banner of peace and harmony. As an LFJ Ambassador I have become a confident speaker and I use this ability to inspire and encourage young people to get involved and participate to their full potential. Working with young people all over the capital has benefited me through new learning experiences and presented challenges for me to reflect on and overcome.
As Ambassadors our role is to support the younger generation that’s doing LFJ from the experience and skills we got from doing it in the past. We act as facilitators at exchanges, help organise, and be positive role models to young people involved. We also hold meetings for initiatives to improve LFJ and improve the Ambassador programme. For example we organise the annual celebration event and discuss how to improve it from last time. We also talk about how the project could help us individually. We do further accreditation involving social action projects to tackle issues in our community. We spread the word to new young people about LFJ, an example of how we did this was through giving assemblies to our school which inspired other kids who are younger to also take part in this project and enjoy and learn from it the same way we did.
I remember walking by the classroom and calculating every single possible way to avoid the offers of a LFJ activity after school. Mainly because I didn’t want to miss out on sitting at home and watching TV. That’s what I thought life was all about. But it’s not. As you grow up your meaning of life starts to develop or change, maybe for the better or maybe for the worse. Sometimes you may feel empty, that something is missing in your life or maybe you realised that you’re oblivious to the real world around you. This is a natural occurrence in many people’s lives. LFJ broadened my view of the world and started a new interest of helping others – a quality important to us. At LFJ we play a big role in helping the community against problems using football as a hook. LFJ is one of the best opportunities given to me and I’m glad I took it before it left.
As an LFJ Ambassador I represent the programme and encourage young people from different communities to break down negative perceptions of other areas. There are many people in this world who suffer from everyday battles of division between communities and society. My job is to bring people together and make a difference in their lives. Being an Ambassador for LFJ has helped me develop leadership skills such as organisation, communication and teamwork, as well as helping to build confidence and self-esteem and take on responsibility of leading other peers and young people. I believe we should never forget we are a citizen of this world and there are things we can do to lift the human spirit. I think the secret to changing people’s perceptions is to just focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
I have been working with LFJ for almost four years so it’s hard to believe I’m only turning 17! As someone who had participated in LFJ at a young age, I can honestly say that it was excellent and developed my skills: socially, mentally and physically. LFJ is a fantastic project that allowed me to have fun but also allowed me to develop a deeper understanding of myself and also the wonderful city that I live in, London. We broke down barriers and deceptions with young people from other boroughs and communities and made many new friends. I then went on to become a young Ambassador which has allowed me to continue to better myself as an individual and also help others who follow in my footsteps. Therefore, I can proudly say that I’m thoroughly enjoying myself as a LFJ Ambassador and would encourage all to come and be part of the vision that we are trying to implement.
My LFJ journey started in school when I was in year 9. Since then my confidence has grown and now I feel confident sharing my ideas with other students my age range. My ambition was to become an Ambassador so I can share my wonderful journey with other students and help them step out of there comfort zone. I believe that LFJ has a huge impact on young people today and helps them learn new skills to make peace in the communities that they come from. Being an Ambassador can help me share positive experiences and support people that are experiencing stuff that I have already gone through.
LFJ has boosted my confidence definitely. I’m interacting more with different people. Before it was only my friends. It’s a good thing for young people to learn more about their community and meet new people because it’s good to know about where you grow up.
I’ve learned to be more reasonable and be tolerant of other people’s ideas. For example in a group activity I can listen to other people’s ideas. I will actually take their ideas into consideration. It’s not all about my ideas. It’s (LFJ) made me concentrate more and given me the idea that school can actually help instead of thinking I’ve got a few more years to get through. It’s made me realise these years are important and not just year 11.
I’m from Wembley in north west London. What I like most about being a LFJ Ambassador is the variety of opportunities. For example trips to Lee Valley Water Park, Wembley Stadium and completing leadership qualifications. The OCN leadership qualification is important because it will increase my chances of getting accepted by future employers, colleges, sixth forms and university. LFJ has made me an open minded and tolerant person. When I went on the first football exchange I was quite shy to talk the other people, but through the activities I got more engaged and became confident. I believe that bringing communities together is very important because we live in a diverse area. If we work together then hate crimes, stereotypes and segregation against one another will stop and we can live peacefully.