The importance of hard work, commitment and resilience were the strong messages delivered to students by former footballer and football manager Chris Casper in the Throne of Words.
Chris Casper played in the Premier League for Manchester United and in the Football League for A.F.C. Bournemouth, Swindon Town and Reading. He then went into management and at the time, he was the youngest manager in the top four tiers of the English football league system. Following this, he moved to Bradford City and Grimsby Town, before joining the FA Premier League as a club support manager.
Over fifty students crammed into the auditorium eager to listen to this high profile individual who can boast of playing alongside Beckham, Giggs, Scholes, Butt and Gary Neville as part of the ‘class of 92’ and a member of the Manchester United FA Youth Cup winning team. Speaking about his previous team mates, Chris Casper described Ryan Giggs as ‘fastest player to run with a ball’ and Beckham had ‘best ability to curl a ball when taking a free kick that he had never seen from anyone else.’
Chris Casper described his experiences as a professional footballer that many of the students listening would give anything to have. His story was one of real adversity and he had overcome many obstacles. The biggest was a knee injury at the early age of 24 which eventually forced him into retirement at a time when many of his former colleagues were at the peak of their success. Chris Casper lost everything but sheer determination led from him starting again to successfully rebuilding a career in football management. The students were touched by his story and it demonstrated what can be achieved with hard work and belief in your own ability.
Head Teacher Mark Fowle was one of the audience members and was very impressed with experiences that Chris Casper was able to share with students.
“Chris demonstrated that if you want to make the most of your abilities you have to work hard and be really committed to your chosen profession”
– Mark Fowle, Head Teacher