Students and staff at The Milton Keynes Academy were pleased to welcome a giant in the football world, David Dein. David, former Chairman of the Arsenal and the Football Association came to speak to students studying Sports BTEC and business courses.
The audience were totally captivated as David spoke of his long career in football, his leadership role in creating the Premier League, his appointment of Arsene Wenger to Arsenal in 1996 and his bid for the 2018 World Cup. During David’s reign Arsenal were top of the League five times, they won five FA Cups, the UEFA Cup Winners Cup, the League Cup twice and the Community Shield five times - an impressive haul! David has also been an advocate of women’s football, the most rapidly growing spectator sport and he thinks that the Women’s World Cup in France this year will be the biggest women’s sporting event ever.
So what had all this success taught David? Some very important life lessons that he wished to share with the students. He talked about the importance of always being your very best, he gave the example of Thierry Henri and Dennis Bergkamp who although known as world class players were always the last to leave the Arsenal training ground. He explained that the secrets to success were hard work, focus and courage. David also was keen to tell students the importance of pride in their work and giving attention to detail.
Gun Banga, a Year 13 student, thought one of the most inspiring messages was when David encouraged them to ‘stick their necks out’, that you need to be brave to make your mark in the world.
This was David’s first visit to a Milton Keynes school and he was extremely impressed not only with the Academy and its facilities but also his polite and engaged audience. We hope that David will be able to join us again in the future to repeat his truly inspirational messages.