Sky Sports presenter inspires youngsters

Guillem Balague (centre) gave a talk to Sandy Upper students
Guillem Balague (centre) gave a talk to Sandy Upper students
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  • Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balague recently visited Sandy Upper School
  • The Biggleswade United Director of Football encouraged students to get involved in sport
  • He answered a range of questions about his career as a journalist

Sky Sports’ presenter and author, Guillem Balague, recently visited Sandy Upper School to provide an insight into achievement for an enthusiastic audience of students from Years 9 and 10.

Guillem, who, among other things, is the author of biographies for footballing legends Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, encapsulated his audience with his motivational speaking.

His topics ranged from the possibilities of a career in sport to the impact of sport on improving literacy.

Vice Principal, Lisa Goodship, said “It was great to demonstrate how our high standards at Sandy Upper School translate into the world of sport.

“Guillem talked about how he developed his journalism career and this supported our continual drive to improve literacy across the school.”

Biggleswade United Director of Football, Guillem was accompanied by Youth Development Manager, Fran Constancio, who spoke to the students about the importance of exercise and good nutrition to perform to the best of your ability in terms of both physical and academic achievement.

Fran said: “This is our first school talk and we want to involve as many kids as possible. It is important to keep children playing football and other sports as they grow up as teenagers.”

Sandy Upper School Head of Physical Education, Philippa Mugan, thanked staff and students for providing a fantastic welcome to Guillem and declared that his visit had been a ‘fantastic event for the school’.

She said: “At Sandy we are desperate to try and increase the amount of sport at the school.

“We are increasing the amount of opportunities for students and hope to give them a chance at county level in several sports.”

Students heard tales from the inside world of some of Europe’s top clubs before Guillem answered a wide range of questions from the students.

Biggleswade United will be holding trials for those aged between seven and 18 from April 7 to April 18 at Second Meadow on Fairfield Road.

For more information or to register for the trials you can visit www.biggleswadeunited.com or www.guillembalague.com. Alternatively you can email tracey.james58@btinternet.com

Guillem made it clear he wants to place an emphasis on training for youngsters from qualified coaches to ensure they fulfill their potential at school and in sport.

He said: “There are so many life skills which can be learned from playing sport at a well run academy and we aim to help students in the future.”