Allan Wells Sports Lecture – An Evening with Sir Trevor Brooking

Tuesday 18 March 2008

Football fans from across the University of Surrey campus and local community were treated to an evening of insight into the life of one of England’s football heroes last week as Sir Trevor Brooking came to the University to give the second annual Allan Wells Sports Lecture.

The event, hosted by former professional footballer and now TV commentator Gary O’Reilly, was a great success as the audience were taken on a tour through the ups and downs of Sir Trevor’s career from his childhood reminiscences of evenings spent practicing ball control with his brother, through to his work as Director of Football Development at the FA today, which is the culmination of a life-long commitment and passion for the grassroots of the beautiful game.

Following a personal response from Allan Wells, who thanked Sir Trevor for giving his time to come to the University, the audience was invited to join in a Q&A session much of which focussed on the need to get more young English players into professional football and how this problem was being tackled by the FA.

The Lecture is named after Allan Wells MBE who won the gold medal for the 100m at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. He was the first Briton to do so since 1924. He is also an ambassador for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Shortly after winning his Olympic medal, Allan joined the University of Surrey. Allan has remained at Surrey as a dedicated member of staff for more than 23 years.

This event is in support of the Surrey Centre for Sport campaign – http://www.surreycentreforsport.org.uk The Centre is due for completion by the end of 2009 and will be the largest of its kind in the South East of England. It will benefit not only the University and the local community but will also provide a venue for training and competition at regional and national level.

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Peter La, Press Office at the University of Surrey, Tel: +44 (0)1483 689191, or Email mediarelations@surrey.ac.uk

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