Interview with head boy and football captain of Forest School

PUBLISHED: 13:16 29 April 2016 | UPDATED: 13:16 29 April 2016

Callum Daniels and team

Callum Daniels and team


Callum Daniels, head boy and captain of award-wining Forest School football team in Snaresbrook talks to WEL about his love for football, knuckling down for his A-levels this month and taking the next step in his life

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Callum, I am head boy at Forest School in Snaresbrook and captain of the 1st XI football team. I act both as an external representative of the school, and try as best I can to represent the student body, trying to pass on any concerns to the senior members of staff.

Where do you live and what do you like about it?

I live in Highbury, Islington and have done my whole life. I love living here. Highbury Fields and Clissold Park are both within a five minute walking distance, which is perfect, and means I can get out and play football whenever I’m feeling pent up! Being an Arsenal fan, the fact that I am two minutes away from the Emirates Stadium is a dream.

Tell us about your family?

I have older brothers who still live at home with my parents and I. The oldest, Harry, is 26 and is in his final year studying architecture, and Finn, who is 25, is also in his final year doing sculpture. My Mum works as a textile designer, and my dad works as an architect. Despite the family trend I’m not going to do anything arty!

What is the most exciting thing that has happened to recently?

Winning the London Independent Schools’ Cup with the Forest football team was an incredible feeling. After playing for the school team for seven years, it has become a huge part of my life, and with that match being the last one I’ll ever play, I couldn’t have dreamed of finishing in a better way.

Can you share your goals for 2016?

All I am thinking about at the moment are my exams in June! I need to work really hard to get the grades I need to get into my first choice university, and if I do I know I can really enjoy the summer and my year out!

Who are your biggest influences?

I would say my family and my closest friends. My love of football and Arsenal comes mainly from my brothers, who made sure I was obsessed from an early age even when at first I didn’t like it. My friends are the people who I look forward to seeing every day, they influence me in the sense that we try to share as many experiences as we can together.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

I honestly have no idea what I want to do. It wasn’t until September last year that I realised I wanted to do social anthropology at university, so I really haven’t given it much thought. Obviously social anthropology doesn’t necessarily lead directly into a career path, so I’m just hoping I realise what I want to do somewhere along the way.

How do you relax?

I mainly do the normal things, watch TV, eat toast, play football and listen to music. I really enjoy a nap when I’m in the mood.

Do you have any other hobbies?

I love playing the flute, although I’ve neglected it this past year! Watching MasterChef and going to the Emirates are staple activities during my week

What is your worst habit?

Clicking my fingers and neck. It drives my family and friends crazy.

Do you have a party trick?

I can do this quite strange thing with my lips which is impossible to describe, but I haven’t met anyone else who can do it. It’s pretty unimpressive.

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