Trevor Brooking meets students of Bournemouth University

FORMER England footballer Sir Trevor Brooking visited Bournemouth University earlier this month to discuss his career with students.

Sir Trevor, who retired as Director of Development from the Football Association this year, was in Bournemouth to watch England u20’s on Wednesday 12th November.

The former West Ham player was invited to speak by Business student Grant Hilborne, 18.

“I know Grant from days gone by. I worked with his dad in a little business in East London. He asked me to come down, and going to the match it worked really well,” said Brooking.

West Ham fan, Grant, asked Sir Trevor to speak because of his varied career. Grant said: “Obviously he has his own business and is an ex-professional footballer. It gives him a more interesting perspective than we are perhaps used to normally.”

Sir Trevor told the audience of almost 100 students about his football career, running a business and assisting in the development of England players.

“Business was the theme for today but there was also a lot of sports fans here as well. At university it’s important to remember to mix up that work and play ethic. It’s great to see a lot of enthusiasm at this age when they are trying to work out what route to take,” said Sir Trevor.

After his talk Sir Trevor was quizzed by students, many of who wanted to know who he tipped to be England’s next big star. He reeled off various players including Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse. Sir Trevor also praised AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.

“He’s done a great job. I believe English coaches are as good as any.”