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Football Star Gary Neville Inspires Students at Cheshire College

Feb 24

Football Star Gary Neville Inspires Students at Cheshire College

Students and staff at Cheshire College – South & West were delighted to welcome football legend Gary Neville to Crewe Campus on Thursday 29th February.

Neville’s prolific career spans across the worlds of sport, broadcasting and education, having spent his entire football career at Manchester United, he is one of the most successful English footballers, with over twenty trophies under his belt including eight premier league titles and two UEFA Championship League titles. Neville has represented his country and is England’s most capped right-back of all time. Following his footballing career, Gary went on to excel in the commercial sector and co-founded Salford City Football Club and the University Academy 92, as well as his most recent guest appearance on BBC’s Dragons’ Den.  

Over 700 students attended Neville’s talk, which inspired students with insight into his professional football career, and transition into broadcasting and business ventures. Sharing with students the lessons he has learnt, and the importance of resilience, ambition and hard work. Neville stated:

“Education is a vitally important part of your career journey, giving you the knowledge and skills to be able to navigate your next steps. If you can combine that knowledge with a willingness to work hard and do your best every day, that’s what will give you every chance of doing well in your future. It has been great to share my story with the students at Cheshire College and be a small part of their journey.”

Students and staff alike were inspired by Neville’s work including Elliot, who is currently studying Esports at the College: “I found out about Gary Neville through Dragon’s Den and I found this talk really interesting and motivational from a business perspective. I’m hoping to build an Esports business in the local area when I leave College, so today’s talk gave me a lot to think about.”

Uniformed Protective Services student Logan added: “I’ve been following Gary’s career since his football days. He’s a very inspiring man and I have a lot of respect for him. Today’s talk was inspiring and motivational, and I admired his message about pushing yourself to succeed.”

Principal and CEO of Cheshire College, Jasbir Dhesi OBE thanked Neville for his continued contributions to education and for inspiring the next generation: “We were all delighted to meet Gary and to hear him share his insight with our students.

“Cheshire College recently partnered with University Academy 92 as part of our Futures Programme, so we’re very familiar with his incredible work. From speaking with those who attended the talk, it’s clear that everyone left feeling inspired and determined to push themselves to even greater heights.”

Cheshire College are now accepting applications for September 2024 for those interested in studying a diverse range of subjects, designed to provide students with combined skills and knowledge that will fully prepare them for the next exciting stage of their life.  




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