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Last October Liverpool FC U18s player Tom Brewitt made a fantastic start to his England international debut by scoring in the 5-0 win over Northern Ireland in the under-16 Victory Shield. On the 5th October 2013 Tom faced an even bigger challenge…. Southlands High School’s Throne of Words.

A rather nervous Tom Brewitt came into school last Friday followed by Liverpool FC TV to be interviewed by over fifty five students about his career so far.

The students filled the new Studio Theatre with many keen to be on the front row for their opportunity to be filmed on the television channel which was making a documentary about Tom.

The session lasted nearly an hour as questions poured in from eager students wanting to know how to become a professional footballer, the training schedule, the fitness regime, the diet and of course what car he drives.

Tom answered the questions well and it was evident he has already received media training to prepare him for life as a professional footballer. Once in the Throne of Words, he relaxed and later said how much he enjoyed the experience. Tom made it clear to the students how much hard work and dedication goes into his job. “I work hard but you should enjoy what you do. This is important.”

Tom Brewitt was a fantastic example to students as he balanced being at Liverpool Football Academy with completing his GCSEs in which he successfully achieved several A grades in August.

Afterwards Tom was interviewed by Liverpool FC TV about his experience in the Throne of Words and spoke of how he was committed to giving back to the community to ensure he stays grounded to his Merseyside roots. The Football Academy encourages its young stars to play an active role in community projects and once a month they work at a local soup kitchen feeding the homeless in Liverpool City Centre.  As a Manchester United fan, Southlands Head Teacher Mark Fowle committed what many would regard as football sacrilege and agreed to be interviewed on the rival football clubs TV channel.

“The students thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, there was great excitement about Tom’s visit to school and it was a superb learning experience. Many students dream of being a professional footballer, Tom has explained in great detail the level of hard work it takes to start that dream and turn it into a reality.” Mark Fowle, Head Teacher. DSC_0160

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