Youngster to run father and son bonding workshops at Arsenal

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 November 2016

Tray-Sean Ben Salmi

Tray-Sean Ben Salmi

Sabrina Ben Salmi

While many youngsters spent the summer playing outside, an 11-year-old used his time to perfect an idea to run workshops aimed at bringing fathers and sons closer together.

Tray-Sean Ben Salmi, 11, Eaton Road, Ilford, developed a workshop entitled I’m That Kid - Bridging The Gap Between Fathers and Sons designed to strengthen bonds.

So impressed were the judges at Unltd - an organisation that supports social entrepreneurs who do good - that Tray-Sean was awarded more than £400 to run his workshop at Arsenal Football Club’s hub.

The youngster said: “We are going to be doing team building and relationship building. People will write on the board all their fears and things they want to overcome.

“Then we will break the board like breaking through the fears and work in groups.”

So impressed was Tray-Sean’s mum Sabrina, 36, she nominated him for a Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award.

“I think its [the workshops] is something that is needed,” Mrs Ben Salmi.

“The moment he started talking about it, we realised there’s quite a lot that needs to be done with fathers and sons.

“Fathers get told off too much and it is a nice way to find supportive ways for fathers rather than judging them.”

In 2012 the youngster team up with elder sister Lashai to co-author Kidz That Dream Big a book for children about reaching their entrepreneurial goals.

“I think his {Tray-Sean] achievements are amazing,” continued Mrs Ben Salmi.

“He is an author, he’s phenomenal in school. I think he can inspire other children.”

On learning about his young citizen nomination, Tray-Sean said: “I felt really happy when mum told me.

“I hope to have 30 people attend the workshop.”

I’m That Kid - Bridging The Gap Between Fathers and Sons will be held on Sunday, December 18, between 11am and 6pm and is for fathers and sons only at Arsenal Hub, Benwell Road, Islington.

Tickets cost £17.58 and can be booked through

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