Michael Beale, former Queen's Park Rangers manager, visits SPW

On Thursday November 24th, sports students at St Paul’s Way were treated to a talk from the former Queen’s Park Rangers manager, Michael Beale.

The school’s BTEC Level 3 in sport is led by LLS, an external organisation who specialise in the delivery of this course in various locations throughout the world.

Michael himself is an ambassador of the LLS programme, which makes him the ideal speaker for students who currently sit in the position he once did.

Speaking about the visit, Executive Headteacher Philip Akerman commented:

"To have such a high-profile visitor that our students can identify with is a fantastic opportunity. It was a pleasure to see them so engaged with everything that Michael had to say, and I was proud of the insightful questions they posed to him.

This is just another example of the remarkable experiences that St Paul’s Way offers its students. Our staff tirelessly work to bring engaging speakers from all walks of life into the school to enrich the already broad curriculum."

Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 listened as Michael spoke about his experience of going from student to manager. Year 10 Ishfaq Zaman described his experience as "inspirational", stating that listening to Michael talk about his journey to management and his tactical awareness had “motivated me to become a football manager in the future.” Ishfaq was also fortunate to receive a signed match ball which he was incredibly pleased about.

Year 11 student, Hajera Suniya, spoke passionately about what she had heard:

"I loved hearing about all the career paths that are available in sport and how to access these areas in the future. The event opened my mind to the varied careers available and how to succeed in reaching them."

Following this, sixth form students enjoyed a mentoring session in which the now Glasgow Rangers boss was able to give them advice about how to break into this competitive industry. Star student, Umar Bah, spoke enthusiastically about the advice he had received:

"The event was really well targeted to us as students looking to develop in the sports industry. It was incredible to hear from such a high-profile figure with lots of experience. I really enjoyed the talk around the different mindsets people have and the diverse career opportunities available to us when we leave the sixth form."

The school is hugely appreciative of the time Michael gave to students, as well as to Year 11 photography student, Nabil Ahmed, who captured the day for us. LLS have 20 places available on the BTEC Level 3 sports industry programme from September 2023. Year 11 students who are interested in pursuing a career in sport can register their interest for a taster session by emailing yourfuture@llsonline.uk.