Brighton & Hove Albion FC first team coach Paul Nevin visited Patcham High School in Brighton to talk to students about his career in football.
Nevin joined the Seagulls in June last year having previously worked for Fulham, New Zealand Knights FC, Aspire Academy in Qatar and Norwich City.
He visited Patcham High to help launch a new partnership between the school and the football club’s official charity, Albion in the Community (AITC).
The link sees a full-time member of staff from AITC based at the school in an effort to help pupils improve their grit and resilience.
During the visit Nevin spoke to pupils about his background in the game, including how injury forced him to quit football at the age of 24 and how he spent time as a social worker before embarking on his successful coaching career.
He also took part in a question and answers session and talked to pupils about how attributes used in sport can be transferred from the pitch to the classroom.
Following his visit, Nevin explained that he was only too pleased to help out. He said: “It was a fantastic day meeting the students. There were some very good questions asked about how the club works behind the scenes but also some well thought out questions about how to be successful and what it will take for the students to reach their goals.”
The school’s headteacher, John McKee, was equally pleased with how the visit had gone. He said: “Paul is hugely-inspirational and it was great to hear him talk about the importance of grit and resilience.
“It was fantastic for the students to have the opportunity to meet such a positive role model. We are extremely excited about our partnership with AITC and it was superb to have been visited by Brighton & Hove Albion’s first team coach.”
During the visit AITC presented the school with a signed Brighton & Hove Albion shirt and the charity’s schools manager Paul Williams added: “Our new link with Patcham is an incredibly exciting and innovative extension of the work we do in many schools throughout Sussex.
“To have Paul visit the school to help cement that partnership was fantastic and it was obvious how much the pupils enjoyed hearing about his experience within the game and what it takes to be successful in any walk of life.”