Former England footballer Kevin Davies inspires Shaftesbury School students

On 26th May, Year 13 Students at Shaftesbury School had the pleasure of welcoming Kevin Davies, a former professional footballer to the school to talk about his career, how he has coped with some of the challenges he has faced in his life, and the lessons that we can all learn.

Kevin has had an illustrious career, with over 800 English Football League appearances including over 400 in the Premier League.  He has played for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers, and Bolton amongst others. Having played for England U18 and U21, Davies made his senior debut aged 33 to become the oldest England debutant.

He is a qualified UEFA A Coach and holds a Master of Sport Directorship (MSD) from Manchester Met University.  During this time, he also worked as an Ambassador for the Princes’ Trust and founded a Bolton based children’s charity, KiDs of Bolton.   He is currently focusing on football consultancy and mentoring young footballers.

This meant he had a wealth of experiences from which to draw on as he spoke with honesty and frankness to our Year 13 students.  Kevin was able to tell them that to have a successful and fulfilling life you had to look at the 3 D’s; Desire, Dedication, and Determination.  He said that if you can crack those three things then you can achieve your goals.  He also mentioned how important it is to surround yourself with kind people and people who will support you.  The students asked some great questions and commented on how enjoyable and engaging the session was.  Headteacher Mrs. London-Hill spoke to some of the students at the end and this is what they said:

Kieran found the presentation to be ‘enlightening and inspirational’.  Whilst Ollie said he learned from Kevin ‘that hard work pays off and that you should never give up.’  Amelia and Elizabeth said they would take away from the talk, how inspirational and down to earth Kevin was and how they ‘admired the fact that he picked himself up following his setbacks’ and finally Nathan said will remember that ‘failure isn’t bad, you just have to pick yourself back up and have a belief that you can achieve.’

Kevin found our students to be thoughtful and insightful and was impressed with the quality of their questions. Mrs. London-Hill would like to personally thank Kevin for coming into Shaftesbury School and sharing his experiences with our students and we look forward to welcoming him one day in the future.

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