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Manchester students experience football masterclass with Neville

Students from Wright Robinson College in Gorton, Manchester, experienced an unforgettable PE lesson this week when Manchester United legend Gary Neville dropped in to host a football masterclass.

England's most capped right-back player and United's club captain for five years, Neville spent a morning at the school courtesy of Sky Sports Living for Sport.

Wright Robinson College is currently running a Sky Sports Living for Sport project, delivered in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust and using sports stars and sports skills to improve the lives of young people.

Neville, who currently commentates for Sky Sports, took time out of his hectic schedule to pay a visit to the sports-mad school – and 20 lucky pupils took part in the masterclass, which began with an inspirational talk from the talented footballer about his career and the importance of discipline both on and off the pitch.

This was followed by a football session, during which Neville shared his skills and showcased exactly why he was chosen to represent Manchester United more than 600 times.

Speaking about Neville’s visit, PE teacher Ryan Halpin said: “The students were absolutely ecstatic when they heard Gary Neville was coming to hold a masterclass at the college. He is a real football hero in Manchester.

‘Remarkable sporting career’

“By taking the time to share both his story and football skills with the students, Gary not only showed why he had such a remarkable sporting career but also the dedication required to succeed. The students enjoyed every second of Gary’s visit and are now even more committed than ever to successfully completing their Sky Sports Living for Sport project.”

Neville added: “It was great to visit Wright Robinson College and share the story of my career with local students who have a real passion for sport.

The students were really eager to take part in the masterclass and I hope they not only took away some new football skills but also a better understanding of what it takes to achieve their goals in life.

“Sky Sports Living for Sport is an inspiring means of engaging youngsters in sport and introducing them to sporting professionals who they can relate to and I hope more schools in Manchester will sign up to this fantastic initiative.”

Launched nine years ago, Sky Sports Living for Sport has worked with more than 1,500 schools and 40,000 young people to improve their lives through sport.

The free initiative encourages pupils to take on a series of different sports activities and put their new skills and confidence into practice by managing their own sporting event.

A team of 49 athlete mentors, who are all either past or present UK sports professionals, represent Sky Sports Living for Sport and visit the schools to motivate students.

Each of the athletes has tasted success but also faced challenges in their life and have drawn on their inspiring stories to help youngsters strive for even greater success in life.

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