Arsenal boss visits Sunderland school to encourage stars of the future

Football Entrepreneur and one of the founders of the Premier League David Dein, talking to pupils at Hetton School on Tuesday.
Football Entrepreneur and one of the founders of the Premier League David Dein, talking to pupils at Hetton School on Tuesday.
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ONE of football’s most famous faces went along to meet youngsters at a Wearside school

Football entrepreneur David Dein took time to talk to students at Hetton School via the Speakers for Schools programme.

Businessman David, joined the Arsenal board in 1983 and was made vice-chairman in the same year. He also became vice-chairman of the Football Association, and has served on numerous UEFA and FIFA committees.

David was also president of the Arsenal Ladies Team, which has consistently been the best in the country, and he was also the man with the foresight to bring Arsene Wenger to Arsenal in 1996.

During David’s reign, the club won 18 top trophies including the FA Cup five times.

While at the North Road school, the footballing boss spent time talking to young people about his career and how to get on in life. Craig Knowles, deputy headteacher, said the visit included an interactive talk, which lasted about 40 minutes, along with a question and answer session with the students.

He said: “Although football-related, the theme was secrets of success and the attitudes you need to display to be successful.”

Around 100 students, a mix of Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 pupils, including the school’s sports stars, sports leaders, business/media students and members of Hetton’s highly-successful cricket academy, took part in the event.