Gary Neville visits the Academy


 Star of the Class of ’92 visits Fulwood Academy to inspire the classes of the 2020s


One of Manchester United’s famous Class of ’92 visited Fulwood Academy to inspire the school’s classes of the 2020s to think about what they can achieve if they think positively.


Gary Neville, whose career has seen him accrue 85 England caps, eight Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two Champions League trophies, to name just a few, visited the school to talk to students about all aspects of his career.


During an inspiring talk, and lively question and answer discussion, Gary said: “Don’t get me wrong, I have had a fantastic career and achieved more than I thought possible. But there have been times when things have not gone to plan. I lost my confidence for about six months after I read too many headlines. I had injuries, and, after I retired, I have had businesses that haven’t done so well.


“Those are, however, the things that you learn the most from.


“You take the knocks, they are part of life. But, if you look after yourself, which is about your body and your mind, the world is a fantastic place that is full of opportunities. You just need to ignore those who criticise and think positively. You are the only one who controls what you do and what you can achieve.”


Gary was even challenged to a game of five-aside by one confident student. Gary responded: “Not sure I am up for that to be honest. You have some fantastic facilities at Fulwood Academy, but it is too cold for that.”


Jane Bailey, Interim Principal, said: “I am sure that this will be one of those days that our students will remember for a long time to come.”


“What I am so proud of is not just what our students thought of Gary, but his comments about Fulwood Academy. He was incredibly complimentary about the confidence of our students and how insightful some of their questions were. He even said that they didn’t build schools like this when he was at school after he saw what Fulwood has to offer.”


Gary Neville’s visit was just part of a programme of speakers who visit the school to help inspire and motivate the students. Just last month, for example, Fulwood Academy also welcomed Nelson Mandela’s former bodyguard as he spoke to the students about life with one of the world’s most celebrated leaders.


Mrs Bailey added: “For our students to get the most out of school, you need to inspire as well as teach. That is why we work so hard to welcome some incredible people into Fulwood Academy.”